It’s not often that I write about takeaways – probably in part because I feel kind of guilty when I order them. I mean, I’m a foodie – if I’m at home, I should be cooking! But there are times – namely after a stressful day in the office or during a horrific hangover – when picking up a pan just doesn’t appeal. And yet, at the same time, you’re after something healthier and, frankly, much tastier than a dodgy Domino’s pizza. For these moments, I offer you salvation.
Opening just a couple of months ago, Goulash@home offers a simple menu: beef goulash or vegetarian goulash, both delivered straight to your door for a mere €6 – €12 depending on the size you choose. All variations come with sour cream, chopped fresh parsley, chilli oil and bread on the side. My favourite (surprisingly) was the vegetarian, chock full of potatoes, courgettes, peppers, carrots and other paprika-fuelled goodness. My boyfriend told me I got that slightly crazed look on my face where I started shovelling with spoon in one hand, bread in the other, in quick succession. Attractive, I’m sure.
If you’ve ever cycled up the Nassaukade, heading north towards the Nassauplein at the top, you’ve probably passed a tiny, curious-looking hut just before you cross the bridge over the Jacob Catskade. Between 4 and 9.30 pm daily, this garden shed turns into the most amazing Thai takeaway – just like magic. I ordered a classic Pad Thai (I was busy hoovering up the leftovers before 9 pm on the same evening I bought it) and a red curry with chicken. I often feel uncomfortably full after takeaway because of the ratio of grease to vegetables; but this Pad Ped (don’t know why but the name amuses me too) left me satisfied but not over-stuffed. It had balanced spice levels and lots of vegetables – also good for the post-takeaway guilt levels. Main dishes are around €10-15. The evening I ordered they weren’t doing deliveries, so I had to pick up my order 15 minutes later; but I’m hoping the Pie-Nong moped will be back up and running soon for ultimate laziness.