Szechuan Chinese: Unit 15, Westhill Shopping Centre
IT'S always a pleasure to take a trip down memory lane.
And my visit to Westhill's Szechuan Chinese take-away met all my expectations.
For years this was the only Chinese food I had ever known, and settling down to plate piled high, it was just like old times.
The fried seaweed was crispy and salty – a perfect side dish, to be dipped in to at will.
And the spring rolls were so large, that two could easily be split to feed three. Packed with beansprouts and pork, the crunchy wrapping stayed firm - making eating it an easy task.
Next we opted for a twist on an old favourite - duck with lemon sauce.
It is definitely something I will go for again, although the duck itself was a bit too fatty for me. The sauce was just the right side of tangy.
And instead of beef in black bean sauce, we tried chicken. A personal favourite - chunky and succulent pieces of chicken swamped in crunchy vegetables and a gooey black bean sauce. All soaked up by a mixture of egg fried and plain rice. Delicious.
And the feeling after my plate was cleared was just how I remember it. Stuffed and satisfied.
My only slight problem with the experience was that the shop itself has not seemed to have moved on in the past 10 years technologically, in that we couldn't pay by card.
Apart from that, the cost was fantastic - two starters, two main dishes, and two portions of rice fed three hungry people (one of which had been hillwalking all day) for £18.70.