The coronavirus outbreak has seen an uptick in people ordering in, with popular delivery services such as Deliveroo, Foodpanda and Uber Eats putting virus prevention measures into place.
Deliveroo is providing masks for couriers, and customers can select the new contact-free delivery feature at check-out, which will send a message to couriers to leave the food at the door.
Foodpanda has limited deliveries to receptions or caretaker areas in places where there are confirmed cases such as isolation camps, hospitals, and buildings.
Uber Eats delivery partners can now communicate with customers in advance and decide where to pick up. “We are sharing information from the Centre for Health Protection regarding the coronavirus – its symptoms and precautionary measures – with users of the Uber apps, and delivery-partners,” said an Uber Eats HK employee.
Restaurants are also getting in on the action, including local hamburger restaurant Honbo, with its Imaginary Burger menu sure to brighten up any boring al desko lunch or late-night burger craving.
The new delivery-only Imaginary Burger (HK$150) is a take on Honbo’s classic double cheeseburger, featuring two juicy Wisconsin patties, double cheese with secret Imaginary Sauce and pickles. Also available are crispy chicken wings (HK$60) and fries (HK$20).
Orders are available from Central and Admiralty to Sai Ying Pun from noon until 12am via Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and Foodpanda.
Sichuan mainstay Chilli Fagara has launched Hot ‘N’ Meen – a delivery-only noodle concept menu to drool over. Available from noon until 10.30pm via Deliveroo in Admiralty, Central, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, Hot ‘N’ Meen is perfect for an office lunch, hangover indulgence or late-night hankering.
Diners can opt for noodles with pork and vegetable dumplings (HK$78) with house-made Sichuan chili sauce, mouthwatering chicken noodles in chili sauce (HK$78), topped with peanuts and coriander, or dan dan noodles (HK$68), served either with minced pork and dried shrimp or as a vegetarian option.
Moreish appetizers (HK$30) include bean sprouts with Sichuan sauce, jade vegetables with sesame oil, and wood ear mushroom salad. Other appetizers are available, in combination with a noodle dish, for HK$88 as part of Hot ‘N’ Meen’s seven-days-a-week set lunch.
But if you want to be healthier, vegetarian hotel restaurant Veda at Central is also available on Deliveroo. The Possible Burger (HK$110) offers two well-spiced, veggie-loaded sliders. The gluten-free roasted aloo gobi can be ordered in two different sizes (HK$138 or HK$168). Be sure to order the fig cheesecake (HK$80) for a healthy end to the meal.
For early birds, Veda also serves breakfast, including avocado toasts (HK$78) and bagels (HK$55), from 7am to 10.45am.
Your kids have some playmates coming over? Homeslice at Sai Ying Pun offers a kid’s menu including I’m Not Hungry (cheesy pizza with tomato sauce in a bunny shape), I Don’t Know (spaghetti and meatballs), I Don’t Care (mac and cheese) and Whatever (calamari with garlic mayonnaise), all priced at HK$55.
Another choice for hosting is Thai restaurant Ruam at Wan Chai, which launched a Feed Me Menu for two to 10 persons (from HK$596). Dishes include pork belly skewers, vegetable spring rolls, papaya salad, green curry chicken, prawn pad Thai and mango sticky rice.
New dishes on Deliveroo and Foodpanda include tod man pla fish cakes (HK$88) and nam tok (HK$148) sticky-rice ball.
Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s in Central is also coming to foodies’ doorsteps, offering three catering sets (from HK$1,600) and five meal box choices (HK$128) on the Jia Catering website.
The catering sets feature six of the eatery’s signature dishes such as honey-glazed barbecued pork, soya chicken and sauteed Australian M5 beef shank. Meal box choices range from dim sum and barbecue to fried rice and are available for a minimum of 10 boxes.
(This article was published at The Standard on March 20, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Straight to your doorstep )