Thursday, January 29, 2015

[REVIEW] Foodpanda Thailand Food Delivery Service, with a brilliant discount code for my readers!

*Please read till the end, as I have a brilliant discount code for all my readers*

As you can see from my blog's first ever linky [Putting Food on the Table], I have been in charge of my family's meals most of the time for the past 3 years. But taking charge of meals does not necessarily mean cooking, as we still have to eat regardless of whether I have time to cook.

Bangkok has a very established food delivery industry. Not only can we get food from most restaurant chains delivered right to our doorstep, the services are also reliable and punctual.

I have 2 very little kids now. It is virtually impossible to weave through the Bangkok traffic with them to simply eat something that MIGHT be nice. So food delivery services mean more to me than just convenience. For a foodie like me, they also give me an opportunity to taste food from restaurants I would otherwise not have the opportunity to taste because of the complicated logistics of getting there.

Therefore, when Foodpanda approached me to explore the possibility of writing a review for their services, it all made sense, as I would really love to share with my fellow friends (especially those with families) an avenue to help them put proper food on the table when cooking at home is just not possible.

Personally, I judge food deliveries according to a few main criteria:
  • Punctuality and accuracy of food delivered
  • Packaging of the food and whether they are warm
  • Service attitude of delivery staff
  • Response from company when unexpected situations happen
I ordered meals from Foodpanda thrice via their pretty user-friendly phone application, and I shall share my very honest views on how each experience went for you to judge for yourself whether you would like to use it in the future.

1st Experience

Something that surprised me about Foodpanda was the availability of food that are not ready meals. For example, raw Norwegian salmon, organic juice cleanse packages, fresh Italian pasta and Paleo meals etc., so I gave it a try, as I would love to have some nice hard-to-get raw materials to aid me in my cooking endeavours.

I was still pretty confused on what would happen after my order, so after I pressed submit, I waited in anticipation. It didn't take very long, less than a minute, in fact, for Foodpanda staff to call me. The shop was closed, and it will stay closed for the next 2 weeks. Didn't your app show it was open? Hmmm...... but oh well, it didn't matter as I was not depending on the delivery for my dinner that night.

So there you go, my first experience. A pleasant failure.

Second Experience

It was a Sunday morning when we decided to order food for an early lunch, so we used Foodpanda again. This time, something different happened after I made the order. Instead of a call, I received a text message telling me the restaurant had received my order and that I would receive the food in an hour. And abacadabra, the food actually arrived within 30 minutes! Excellent, I must say. Here are the pictures of the food, all received perfectly packed (this really depends on the individual eatery) and warm.

Food all packed up

Yummylicious lunch

Third experience

After the positive experience on a weekend lunch, I decided to put Foodpanda to the test on a weekday night. After the order was placed, I received a phonecall immediately, with the operator informing me that the food might take up to 2 hours as their riders were busy and also whether I wanted to go ahead with the order. I accepted as I ordered the food early. It was a nice touch from them to have kept me in the loop on this unexpected situation.

Around 20 minutes later, the sms came, informing me that the restaurant has received the order and will deliver in an hours' time. And true to their word, I got the food less than an hour and a half after placing my order, which was much shorter than 2 hours!

We really enjoyed our dinner too, including Noah.

Once again, the food came perfectly packaged and warm.

Stranger in Bangkok's verdict.

Foodpanda is a good food delivery service, as they have a good mobile app that allows you to order food without having to make any calls, sends text messages to confirm orders, calls you promptly when unexpected situations arise, and finally delivers within the promised time.

However,  how excellent this service ultimately turns out to be for you really depends on your location, as the restaurant selection very much depends on your proximity to the participating eateries. The closer you are to the city, the more choices you will enjoy, I assume. That said, I am sure Foodpanda is in the process of garnering more food options in every location.

In any case, Foodpanda's a good panda, so do consider it should you need a convenient fix to put decent food on your table.

Bonus for my readers based in Thailand

Here comes the good news.

For all my readers who have not used Foodpanda before, they have given me a discount code specially for you.

When you place your order, fill in this discount code strangerxxx to get a 10% discount off the bill! This is only for the first 50 readers who have previously not used this service before, and the deal expires at the end of February 2015, so please order soon!

Disclaimer: Foodpanda provided me with voucher codes to try the service twice, but all opinions and comments are mine.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Poems by a Hands-on Dad Part 1

Poems by a Hands-on Dad
(Who's read one too many children's books)

There was one
Now there's two
Our house has become a zoo
Full of screams and pee and poo
I love it, you should too


Did you ever think
How on earth to catch a wink
Or go out with friends for a drink
All day long you're on the brink
Like your ship's gonna sink
And your head's turning pink
If you still can't get a link
Then you should have some kids, I think


"Daddy, I can hear you snore!"
I only just slept and you want more?
Sleeping has become a chore
On the bed, sofa or the floor
On the floor?
Yes! Near the toilet door
Just have a kid or four
You don't get to sleep no more


Inspired by Dr Seuss and his classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

[Putting Food on the Table] Like Grandpa, Like Husband

There is this theory that women tend to marry men who are like their dads. I think I married one who is like my late grandpa and I am a very lucky girl indeed. I have never mentioned this to DH even though I have had this thought since we got hitched 5 years ago.

When DH revealed that he wanted to ask me to write a post for his linky 'Putting Food on the Table', the first person I thought of was my grandma who was the masterchef of the house cooking for up to 12 people daily. Then I quickly recalled that the subject needs to be related to a male figure in my life. One person whom I hold dear to my heart is my grandpa as my grandparents were the main caregivers for me and my sister when we were kids.

Here are some of my memories of my grandpa who contributed to putting food on the table in many ways.

  • Grocery Shopping

    Grandma wouldn't have been able to dish out those wholesome meals daily without Grandpa's efforts. Almost every morning, rain or shine, he would walk to the nearby market to buy the fresh ingredients in his immaculate short-sleeve shirt and trousers. He did this even into his late eighties before he had problems with his eyesight.

    Once in a while he would take the bus by himself to markets that are slightly further away. My uncle and dad would tag along to help when he needed to make purchases in bulk. Even though it was hard work, he always appeared happy and greeted us with a smile when he saw us. He did all this out of love for the extended family with no complaint.

  • Tea and Afternoon Snacks

    I grew up drinking tea made by Grandpa. I could drink tea for breakfast, afternoon tea, supper and even in the middle of night when I wake up hungry. Grandpa always prepared the tea meticulously with heart. The cups needed to be warmed before putting in the tea bag with hot water. The balance of sugar and evaporated milk had to be just right. He even counted the number of teaspoons of evaporated milk as he added it to the tea. There were times I secretly wished Grandpa operated a coffeeshop so that I could drink all the tea and eat all the snacks I want.

    Aside of the morning trips to the market, he would also take a walk in the afternoon to buy food such cakes, buns and dim sum for our afternoon snacks and breakfast the next morning.

  • Cooking

    Grandpa didn't have to get his hands dirty in the kitchen when Grandma was wielding the wok, except once. I have forgotten the actual circumstances, but Grandma was not available to prepare our lunch. So ,Grandpa took on the reins and pan-fried some pork chops that were coated with crushed soda crackers, a dish that we often had for our meals. They turned out a tad burnt and I eyed them suspicously, skeptical that it would taste as good as Grandma's version. But I was wrong. The slight burnt gave an extra boost to the taste and fragrance of the pork chops. I enjoyed my meal very much that day and yearned for more such meals whipped up by Grandpa.

    Despite Grandpa's lack of involvement in the kitchen, I believed he was equipped with decent culinary skills. Grandma told me before that Grandpa used to cook boiled chicken and other dishes by himself for the staff at his tailor shop on Chinese New Year's Eve. Impressive.

DH is like my grandpa in the above aspects. He buys the fresh food and groceries, and sinful snacks that contribute to my growing waistline. He makes delicious and rich Thai milk tea for me. He cooks yummy food for our meals.

However, DH and Grandpa are not only alike in the above-mentioned ways. DH is also a kind and caring man, who works hard and provides the best for his family.

I don't intend to make this post one that brings tears in remembrance of my grandpa. Instead, let's celebrate his love and the love of our closed ones!

Eddie, this is my belated Father's day* present to you.

*In Thailand, Father's day is on 5 December.

This guest post is contributed by the Stranger in Bangkok's wifey dearest.

Stranger in Bangkok

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