We will be launching our loyalty program very soon!
You will be able to earn points as you order from us. Save money on your future orders.
We will be launching our loyalty program very soon!
You will be able to earn points as you order from us. Save money on your future orders.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty with Covid-19, and the government’s constant changes; we felt that it will be better to have a central blog post to update everyone in Romford. This will ensure the safety of both our staff, and you the customers. So please keep up to date with our #DoingMyBit to limit the spread of Covid-19 updates.
This recent news and new guidelines will applies to both us here at the Romford Dragon, but also, to other Takeaways in Romford. Other establishments might be different, and it will be best to check with them.
Well happy new-year to you all, kinda…
I am actually running out of things to say now, it’s like the post before, but it means schools not opening, very similar to the March lockdown in 2020, only difference is we are not closed!
Please keep working with us, as it will be crazy busy during these times.
Starting on the 5th of January 2021 England will be going into another national lockdown.
We get it, we only just got out of a national lockdown, and now we have to go back up to a Tier 3, very high alert system; it is like an enthusiastic yoyo.
This will not change anything however, as we operate purely as a Chinese Delivery and Takeout service.
It might mean, like witnessed in the month-long lockdown, people are ordering from us a lot more because of not being able to go out to eat. Please understand how busy it will be and order/wait accordingly.
Here is some non-Romford Dragon related rules you will need to know, that I took from the council’s social media, starting on Wednesday the 16th of December:
Today, the 31st of October, the prime minister announced a national lockdown, starting on Thursday the 5th of November; like what we experienced back in March. This is schedule for only for a month, and hopefully it will not last as long as our first one. If the lockdown is affective in stopping us overwhelming hospitals, we will be out of it on the 2nd of December, going back to our Tier 2 level system. Boris Johnson said that Non-essential shops such as pubs and restaurants must close, unless they offer takeaway or delivery services.
Well, good news! Unlike our closure back in March, we are not planning to close during this lockdown!
We believe that throughout the last few months, we have learned a lot when it comes to keeping everyone safe; and with the help with the locals of Romford, yes that is you wonderful customers being super cooperative; we are sure we can offer a safe yet relatively normal service.
Remaining open, we ask that everyone continue to follow our guidelines, even more so now that the rate is a lot higher.
As always, please continue to work with us as we deliver your Chinese food in Romford right through lockdown!
We have displayed a QR code on the left -hand wall as soon as you walk into the shop. this is to notify NHS the places you visited and to see if you came in contact with infected people; it doesn’t have any personal information of you, so please leave your tinfoil hat outside!
On Monday 21st of September, the Prime Minister announced that pubs and restaurants would have to close by 10pm due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. This rule will start on Thursday 24th of September.
Yes and no, deliveries are allowed after 10pm, but not in person.
Here at the Romford Dragon, we will be locking our doors at 10pm, so you will not be able to order or pickup in person, but you can still make an order over the phone or online, and we will deliver until 11pm like normal.
This includes delivery to the great distance to your car, or outside the shop… Don’t worry, because we are such nice people, there won’t be a minimum order, nor would we charge you for the delivery fee. 😉
On Monday the 12th of October, the government has placed different restrictions in areas, depending on the severity of infection rates; fortunately, Havering is under the ‘Medium’ rate, which means we only have to comply with the base rules , this includes the rule of 6 gathering one and the 10pm curfew.
It is possible according to Havering’s Council chief executive; if the spread is not controlled, we could face a lockdown as soon as October. Welp, October is here, and we don’t see any lockdown, so well done all! But this doesn’t mean we are out of the red yet, please continue doing what you are doing to keep everyone safe!
If this happens, many stores including restaurants and even takeaways might be forced to close.
At this moment in time, we have no plans of closing again if a second lockdown happens. Extra measures will be implemented if we do decide to remain open during a lockdown. We will keep you updated.
As a customer, face masks are compulsory when you are visiting us in person to make an order or to pick up your food. More than ever, due to the increasing cases of Covid, you must wear a face covering; so please make sure you have a mask on when you visit us; unless you are exempt. You can learn more here.
We offer a contactless payment via a card machine, online on our website, and on our mobile app. If you are visiting us in person just tap your card or use Apple/Google Pay on your phones. If you are getting your food delivered, you can call us and pay over the phone using your card. Card is also accepted through our online platforms. We appreciate not everyone will use a card, so we are still accepting cash.
Once our driver is outside, they will knock on your door, place the food down, step back and wait for you to collect your food before leaving. If you haven’t paid yet, please leave the money outside, we will not be giving change, however, our drivers will greatly appreciate a tip during these difficult times.
We are only letting in 2 customers in the shop at any one time, this will unlikely affect you, due to our limited footfall; but if you do see more than 2 people inside, please wait until someone leaves. If you are inside, please keep your distance from other customers.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and #DoingMyBit to keep everyone in Romford safe. We will do our bit by keeping up with new government guidelines, and keeping all our customers informed. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so you are notified if this page gets updated.
Let us tackle Corona together!
Dim-sumbody say dumplings? 🥟
Sorry, it had to be done!
I am sure most of you have tried one form or another of a dumpling before, be it the classic British stew or casserole Dumpling here in England, or the more exotic Italian ravioli? Put simply, if you can stuff it, it’s a dumpling!
China is no different, and the Chinese Dumpling started with a man called Zhang Zhongjian, who after witnessing his village being hit with a bout of frostbite, that effected many badly around their ears; created ear-shape dumpling stuffed with lamb and herbs to hand out during those hard times. A bit mean if you ask me. “Hi Mrs. Chen, I noticed your husband lost his ears last Winter due to frostbite, here have some dumplings in the shape of ears…”
Today, this simple dumpling has evolved into different styles of Chinese dumplings enjoyed by many around the world during Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year. But you don’t have to wait for a special day to try some Chinese dumplings…
Yes, that is dumplings, plural, there are many different styles of dumpling in Chinese cuisine, from the Chinese pork dumpling, fried at your local takeaway, to the more traditional Har Gow served at restaurants in London Chinatown for Dim Sum. Here is what we have to offer on our menu:
Won Tons are quite common at your local Chinese takeaway, nearly every takeaway in Romford will have them on their menu.
Created by placing mincemeat in the centre of a square sheet of dough, which is folded up into a small dumpling, then boiled in a soup with some veg or noodles. We can even deep-fry them for that extra crunch if you like!
Some takeaways use mince pork with shrimp, but we like to keep it simple with just pork.
We serve 5 in a rich broth with some tasty mixed vegetables, including Chinese lettuce.
You can find this under our Soup section on our menu, item #7 for £3.00.
Those who are looking for that CRUNCH can find our Crispy Won-tons in our Appetizer section, J6 for £4.20. it also features a small pot of sweet and sour sauce to dip them in.
Take a guess what’s in this dumpling… if you’ve guessed prawns… well nothing gets past you does it?
Deep fried in oil, this crispy dumpling is wrapped with succulent diced prawns with carrots. Taste the freshness of the prawns as you crunch into this tasty Chinese morsel!
Located on our Appetizers, at #J17 for £4.80.
Sounds exotic, but another popular dish served by a lot of Romford Chinese eateries, this pork potsticker is also very popular in northern China and is the staple Chinese Dumpling.
Our Sui Gao are wrapped in a thicker dough than our Wonton that contains the juicy pork within. It’s then normally grilled, served with sweet chilly sauce for you to dip into. Although, not on the menu, you can request to have the steamed version, and you can dunk it into soy sauce, which is the traditional way of having this Chinese dish.
This really depends on your taste. You get 6 in a portion, and it makes a great shared starter!
Our Grilled Peking Pork Dumplings is #J16, found under Appetizers on our menu for £4.80.
Despite the name on the menu, this is actually a lot more exotic, as it is not that common to find at your average Chinese takeaway, the Siu Mai is filled with pork and shrimp, along with other ingredients such as mushroom, ginger, and green onions.
After being stuffed, it is slowly steamed so the meat inside is cooked with its juices spreading throughout the dumpling. We serve 6 in one portion. This dish is normally consumed at traditional Chinese restaurants as a Dim Sum, and the majority takeaways in Romford will not have this on their menu.
We featured this dish on our menu when we opened back in January as we wanted to introduce more authentic Chinese cuisine to everyone in Romford. So far it has been a huge hit! With at least 10 portions of Siu Mai being sold each week. You can try it out if you haven’t had it before.
You can order some traditional Siu Mai under Appetizers on the menu, #J28 for £4.80.
There you have it, all the selection of dumplings being served at the Romford Dragon, when you next place an order, why not give each one a try!
Before I let you go, I have an important question…
Do you know why the Romford Dragon’s soup is so heavy?
…Because it’s ONE TON soup!
Ok so let’s make something very clear here, facemasks help, look at Hong Kong, then look at America; this however is not a political post, we are just a local takeaway in Harold Park, all we do is cook food, and provide information in a fun, interesting and often silly way. So here is the lowdown on the new law on wearing face coverings on this Friday the 24th of July.
A few weeks back, our health secretary, Matt Hancock announced that from the 24th of July wearing a facemask would be required of anyone visiting shops, be it supermarkets or restaurants (because Corona is currently on annual leave and will strike back on the 24th!) In all seriousness, this is more than likely to give everyone chance to purchase or create some.
After the announcement, everyone kept asking the burning question. ‘Do I need to wear one if I pop down to the Romford Dragon for my weekly Chinese?’ Ok so maybe not that question exactly, but more like, ‘is it required in all shops like a takeaway?’ At first, Mr. Hancock said yes, but then Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said, no! Which was probably followed, with many yeses and many no’s and some ‘he said’s’, and ‘she said’s’. Then after all that, it was a YES. ( Editor’s Note: Trust me, I had to edit this post over 3 times!)
Anyone who visits the aforementioned shops without a face mask will get hit a £100 fine; that’s a lot, apart from saving lives, that could get you a lot, like 25 Chicken Chow Mein at the Romford Dragon, or 50 prawn crackers! So yeah good to be on top of your mask game. Remember those who are under the age of 11 or have other conditions are exempt.
So if you do come and pick up your food, we do have the protected screen up when you make the order, which has been working extremely well for the last few months; and due to our location, we do not have many walk-ins and can easily regulate how many customers are in at once.
Therefore, we will not refuse your order, but those who do come in wearing a face-mask, we will give you a complimentary bag of prawn crackers or a can of drink; this is our little way to promote face mask-wearing.
Bottom line, wear facemasks; save lives, save £100 and enjoy some complimentary prawn crackers! 🦐🍘
Today, the 8th of July, during the Summer Mini Budget Statement, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced several government schemes to help the economy. One in particular is the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme to boost the hospitality industry.
Starting on next month, August, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; customers that eat out will get 50% off of their order, up to £10.00 per person.
Unfortunately, the Eat Out to Help Out initiative only applies to restaurants, pubs and other sit in eateries. This means, the Romford Dragon and other Chinese takeaways in Romford will not be able to participate. 😞
However, we still have some tasty deals here at the Romford Dragon that everyone can tap into if they do not feel safe out.
We don’t normally promote other businesses, but this is a good time to get the food industry back on its feet, plus supporting local businesses; so we would recommend this handy guide from the Romford Recorder to see what restaurants are offering this in Romford. If you are not from Romford however, check out the government’s website to see what other places offering in your local area.
Starting on Monday the 3rd of August and ending on the Monday 31st of August, here are all the dates you can get 50% off of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme:
Week 1 – Monday 3rd of August, Tuesday 4th of August and Wednesday 5th of August.
Week 2 – Monday 10th of August, Tuesday 11th of August and Wednesday 12th of August.
Week 3 – Monday 17th of August, Tuesday 18th of August and Wednesday 19th of August.
Week 4 – Monday 24th of August, Tuesday 25th of August and Wednesday 26th of August.
The discount can be used unlimited times too, so people can enjoy it as many times as they like.
We hope this information is helpful.
If you do decide to go out and tap into the #EatOutToHelpOut discount, please stay safe, and we will be here if you need to order some Chinese food on your way home from the pub!
Hello, hello, test test? Is this thing still on? 🎤
Wow! Long time no see, how are you all?
As you may have noticed, we have been closed for about three months, this is to ensure the safety of our staff and you, our customers.
As of 28th of June at 4:30pm, we are back open. Our opening times will remain the same, the food you know and love will also remain the same.
We take our duty of care towards our customers very seriously, as such, we ask you kindly to familiarise yourself with the following new measures that we have in place before making your next order.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and be assured that we take everyone’s safety very seriously.
Remember if you haven’t ordered from us yet, our 20% offer is still available to you, and if you are one of our existing customers, an email will be landing in your inbox soon with another tasty deal, so keep an eye out for that.
We thank you once more, and here to your next Chinese at Romford Dragon!
We are sorry, but due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, we will be temporarily closed until further notice.
This is in response to the Prime Minister’s statement on the 16th of March, advising everyone to limit social contact with other people. We understand that this is mainly for primarily restaurants, but we feel that this will help limit the spread of the virus, and for the safety of our staff and customers we decided to close for now, as it’s spreading rapidly and by closing we are doing our part to help.
We will be donating our perishable food to our local food bank in Harold Hill, hopefully this will help some people at these difficult times.
We are honestly unsure, given the current ambiguity of what the government is saying, we think at least a month, but we will let you know as soon as we are back open again, please follow our social media, so you will know when we are back open!
Alternatively, please enter your email below and we will notify you once we are back open again.
Would like to just finally say, thank you for being patient, and we’re sure we can pull through eventually!
If you have any concerns, please visit the NHS page on Covid-19.
Finally, during this time, our social media will still be monitored, so if you have any questions, just reach out and we will be happy to answer them.
Please stay safe and see you very soon!
Definitely not a goodbye, just a see you soon,
The Romford 🐉
We understand a lot of people will be unwilling to go out during these difficult times to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we understand, and we will be there for those who need a food delivery in Romford.
To protect all of our customers and staff, we will be offering contactless delivery, as well as extra cleaning and sanitisation of our kitchen.
You make the order as normal, through the phone or online and we deliver the food.
As our driver reaches your home, they will knock on your door or ring your doorbell to let you know the food has arrived. They will then step back as you open the door and pick up the food. Please note as Uber uses their own drivers, so make sure you follow Uber’s instructions on contactless delivery.
We encourage our customers to use card payments during these times as it means we won’t be handling physical money, but for those who has no choice, please place cash or tips once you received the food back out and step back into your home.
Communication is key, so insure you write down any instructions in the notes part of the app or tell us over the phone. Also ensure your number is correct, just in case we have to call you.
We understand these are difficult times, and we would just like to say we will be there for everyone in Romford, and thank you as we all help defeat Coronavirus!
This deal has finished, for more deals and discounts, please visit our deals page.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love is in the area at the Romford Dragon, and we want to share the love with you! 💘
Only for tonight, buy one get one free on our Special Set Dinners from our menu and get the other absolutely free. To be shared with another, or all for yourself, we really don’t judge here! 😏
If you have any questions regarding this offer, please get in touch. For future offers and discounts, please follow our social media.
To say hello, and to give you a chance to try out our delightful Chinese food we will be offering a 20% discount to your first order online.
If you have any questions regarding this offer, please get in touch and we would be happy to explain!