Excuse me if I lay this one on a little thick but when we love something, we love it.
After a particularly turbulent November, I decided to treat myself and my son to a Bar and Wok take away.
And it tasted so good that I felt it would be a disservice to independent businesses everywhere to not tell everyone why I loved it so much.
Bar and Wok is a Chinese restaurant / takeaway on Cheltenham High Street, that ranks as the second best Chinese in the town on Trip Advisor.
It has a 4.5 star ranking on the site and it’s easy to see why.
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Although I have been to Bar and Wok a couple of times in the past I’ve never gone all out and ordered a take out, simply we don’t really have the money to eat out.
But after saving up I logged into their online ordering service and went a little crazy.
Spending a total of £39.50 – I managed to order enough food that ended up lasting for about six meals.
Our order was as follows:
- Buy the team a drink – £2
- Satay Tofu Skewers – £4.50
- Szechuan Cauliflower – £4
- Vegan platter – £13
- Tofu with Mixed Vegetable (1 x Eggless fried rice) – £8
- Vegan Singapore Noodles (1 x Vermicelli noodles) – £8
I’ll start by saying that is really hard to find a good Chinese takeaway that you can fully trust as a vegan.
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Often the ingredients aren’t listed online and it can be concerning. But not here, the descriptions were clear as day and I knew what I would be buying.
The tofu skewers were dipped in this amazing sauce and were the plant based equivalent or satay chicken sticks, but better (in our opinion).
They were ranked as two chillis spice level but they were perfect for me and not too hot at all.
My only criticism is that I wasn’t a huge fan of the Szechuan cauliflower. It was a bit… damp… for me. But this being said I’ve never had it before so I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like.
When I next eat in the restaurant I’d be interested to eat them again fresh to form a proper opinion.
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The vegan platter had goodies for days. My favourite thing were the tofu wraps, which have this fried chicken wing flavour.
Honestly they’re to die for and I could eat them all day long.
They’re supposedly based off of ‘giant prawns’ but they deserve their own category – and I’d rank them 20,000 leagues above the sea in that category too.
I can’t say too much about the eggless rice and tofu and mixed vegetables other than it was yummy.
It wasn’t out of this world enough to make it make me say “oh yes this every time”, but it was moreish and filling and I did want seconds (and thirds).
To see a full menu and order from Bar and Wok, click here.
Eggless rice, is just fried rice I believe. As a vegan in the future it would be cool to see places experiment a little with an egg alternative like Just Egg or something similar to see if they can recreate ‘eggy rice’ and its usual texture.
The Singapore noodles included char sui (vegan) and it tasted so good! I didn’t realise how long it’s been since I’d had something of that vein – again I wouldn’t make it my go to, but it made my tummy happy to take a trip down memory lane.
I also go for Vermicelli (rice) noodles, because I think you can taste the sauce more as they’re thinner so soak it up less – but it’s personal preference.
In a time of such uncertainty and turmoil in the hospitality industry it felt good to support this local independent business.
And even though it felt good – it tasted even better.