People are only just realising why Chinese Takeaways are usually shut on Tuesday
Everyone loves to treat themselves to a cheeky Chinese takeaway every now and again.
However, have you ever headed down to your local to pick up a Chicken Chow Mein and some spring rolls on a Tuesday evening only to find it closed?
Well, you may not have realised, but there's actually a reason for that.
The daughter of Andy Cheung who runs the Wok Star in Glasgow, is a passionate foody and regularly talks about her love of a good meal on her TikTok account, @kimchi_x3.
She was asked by one of her followers why takeaways are often shut on Tuesdays recently, as she explained why.
In a video, Kim said: "So Chinese takeaways are known to be closed on a Tuesday because back a long time ago for some reason a lot of Chinese people who knew each other arranged to meet up on Tuesdays as a day off and that’s what they would do to catch up and make plans.
"As time’s gone on though you’ll find some takeaways are closed on different days. Some will close on Monday, some will close on Wednesday.
"That’s because of the people running the takeaways. Because we have got a lot more people emigrating from China over to the UK they maybe don’t really have the same plans as Hong Kong Chinese…
"That’s what my dad explained to me. I had to ask him to make sure why they close on a Tuesday. But it’s because every other day is a busy day for them when they work in the takeaway, Tuesday’s the day they can take off to spend with their family or friends and make plans."
Some of Kim's followers were quick to admit they were often disappointed not to get their favourite Chinese cuisine on a Tuesday.
One wrote: "Wish mine was a Tuesday, ours is Monday and it breaks my heart after being out a Sunday."
While another added: "Always ends up the day I'm craving one the most."
In another one of her videos, Kim also revealed what the most dreaded meal on the menu at her dad's takeaway is, and the result may surprise you.
She said: "Chicken Maryland has been on the menu for a long time, ever since my dad started working from the age of 13/14 with his grandparents in the early 1980s before he became a head chef aged 19 at a restaurant in Greenock.
"The Chicken Maryland is a European option for customers who prefer European dishes rather than the Asian-Chinese cuisine.
"We call ours Chicken Maryland (Boston Style) due to many visits to relatives in the States where we saw onion rings were an added extra which we incorporated in our ours.
"Dad likes to be generous with food and attempt to make it slightly different with the names. The reason it’s a dreaded meal to make is it takes a lot of prep time.
"Although it seems like it’s basic frying, each part needs to be individually prepped, and it can be really time consuming, especially on a busy night.
"It can actually affect orders being held back as each item is fried individually or needs extra attention."
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