Flaming Dragon Curry – JJ Moon, Ruislip Manor

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Junk resorted to having dinner by herself in da hood last week. Blame the Boom for being mentally inflexible and leaving Junk all by her lonesome. In fact, the abandonment turnout to be a blessing in disguise as Junk managed to worm herself into a small pow wow by the pub’s regulars and had a great time! ūüėČ But that’s a story for another day…

image-4166-jjmoonJJ Moon is a Weatherspoon pub and is located directly opposite the Ruislip Manor tube station. Don’t be fooled by the frontage of the pub, it is very spacious inside and it even has a couple of tables in a small patio area right at the back. Come evening time, the front of the pub will be filled with regulars and smokers and can be rather intimidating but fear not, they don’t bite and are in fact a pretty nice bunch.

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Seeing it’s Thursday which is Curry Club in most/all (??) Weatherspoon pubs, I went with the hottest option on the menu. I’m sure you have seen menus whereby the number of chili icon by an item indicates how spicy it is? I never found that scale to be trustworthy and went “poo poo” to myself when I ordered The Flaming Chicken Curry with 5 chili icons. The meal with a pint of cider cost ¬£5.99 and I threw in a couple of Vegetable Samosas for ¬£1.
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After ordering, decided to study the menu in more detail and noticed a phrase in brackets “Y Ddraig Fflamllyd”. Looks like Welsh and it even has a trademark symbol next to it, this is a job for Google! From my searches, it would seem like it’s a product trademarked by a Welsh company producing ready made food for wholesale and retail. I guess Weatherspoon caters this curry from them. Welsh curry eh? Who would have guessed!

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Enough of¬†sleuthing, back to the food. Starting with the mundane, the Vegetable Samosa were pretty awful. The filling was fine, typical mix bag of diced veg and the wrapping was also nice and crispy. The problem was its filled with oil! Guess the chef did not drain the samosa before service. Then again at ¬£1, can’t really complain.

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From the mundane, we move on to the fiery. Wow! Junk is pretty blown away by this smoking chook! This really deserves the 5 chili icon I have to admit, its a rare occasion when Junk is left panting by the spiciness of food and believe you me, this left me slightly winded. Took 2 pints of cider to finish my meal. Well, I would normally have 2 pints or more anyways but this time, I needed it. Apart from the heat, the curry has a nice tangy flavour with bits of bits of red peppers laced throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Boom! I challenge you to a Flaming Chicken Curry showdown! Or are you too chicken (pun very much intended!) to take me on!

JJ Moon
12 Victoria Road
Ruislip Manor
London HA4 0AA
01895 622373

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Chinese Takeaway – Paya, Ruislip Manor

It’s been awhile since I blogged so thought I drop a quick post of some takeaway Chinese Boom and I had before Christmas. It has not been a good Christmas and New Year for me as I was nursing a huge mouth ulcer on the roof of my mouth. Those of you who have had ulcers would understand, it’s close to impossible to eat. I’m probably one of the few who actually lost weight during this feasting season.

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Come to think of it, the ulcer was the result of a big blister caused by the takeaway from Paya, a new Chinese takeaway joint in Ruislip Manor. Boom wanted to start the feasting season with a huge Chinese takeaway and also to endeavor on our ever fruitless quest for a good local Chinese takeaway. Looking at the menu, most dishes are £1 dearer than a typical Chinese takeaway from the area. We are not tight and will be more than happy to pay more for something good.

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Boom left it to me to decide what to have so I went with (clockwise from the left),¬†Chicken Wings with Peppercorn Salt – ¬£5.45, Malaysian Kung Po Sauce Beef, ¬£6.45, Black Bean Sauce Duck – ¬£6.95 and Boom’s must have, Sweet & Sour Hong Kong Style Pork – ¬£6.45. Also ordered a portion of Beef Ho Fan Noodles – ¬£5.45 and cooked some rice to go with the dishes.

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Verdict? Well, it’s not bad, better than some of the other Chinese takeaway we’ve had. Could not really tell the difference between the Black Bean and Malaysian Kung Po Sauce while the Sweet & Sour sauce is the typical¬†fluorescent red. The Beef Ho Fan could be support more seasoning but at least it has some “wok hei” which is essential for a good ho fan. The best dish of the lot was the Chicken Wings with Peppercorn Salt. The wings were crispy but not dry and the fried garlic, spring onion and chili slices added savoury heat. Yum!

A couple of hints, there is a delivery charge so much better to collect in person, the Peppercorn Salt dishes in the main dish section of the menu is £1 dearer than those in the starters section. So if possible, order from the starter section. Lastly, you can order online which is great as it can sometimes be a pain ordering on the phone, differing accent and all.

Paya
20 Victoria Road
Ruislip
HA4 0AB
01895 622 227