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Our End of year Recap

🎵 Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, HAAAAPPY BIRTHDAY TO UUUUUS! Happy birthday to us.  🎵

Alright, technically it isn’t really our birthday, as we opened on the 25th of January and not the 12th of February. However, in the lunar calendar it was Chinese New Year on the 25th January 2020, and Lunar New year is on the 12th this year, so let’s go with that, and not because I was too late to post this! 😳

Well, we made it… Probably one of the worst years to start a Chinese takeaway… When I wrote our first ever post back in 2020; I did say one of the reasons why I opened the Romford Dragon despite it being difficult to run a Takeaway is because I love the challenge, someone obviously read the post, and went “Hmmm, challenge, eh?”

We started pretty well, with our buy one get one free offer, people were super supportive and made us feel very welcome!

Admittedly, orders began to trickle down during March, not helped by the media and people who think ordering Chinese from a takeaway in Romford, will give you Corona. Sorry folks, we only throw in free crackers or drinks, no matter how many times you ask…

At the end of March, we had a huge dilemma, should we remain open or close?

Being new, would people remember us when we reopen?

Totally gutted, we decided to close, 🔒 as we didn’t know much about the virus, and believed this will help limit the spread.

However, no rest for the wicked, we remained productive during the lockdown, renovating, ⚒️ so we have a better workplace when we reopen. We have also been keeping up with government guidelines, 🧠 as confusing as they are, to get us a little more clued up with how to protect everyone once we open.

After 3 months of Covid school, we felt ready!

We reopened at the end of June. 🔓 Our worries were unfounded, as the Sunday, you were hot on that order button, making it the most busiest day yet!

It was plain sailing from then, we created a Covid page to communicate with you guys better; and we ended the year with a bang! With another busy Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

The future

It has been a difficult year, but we quite like it here in Harold Hill, so sorry everyone, the Romford Dragon is here to stay!

We would like to share some updates with you though:

Corona Virus

Might as well get this out of the way, we are not out of it yet, and won’t be until the end of the year, please continue to help us by reading our Coronavirus page, communicating with us, and more importantly, being patient with your orders; basically what you have been doing so far!

Menu Prices

Another thing we have to get out of the way, we had to increase the prices on our menu. This is due to the increase in prices from our supplier, this could be down to Brexit, we didn’t ask, but it seems to be the main reason for everything else increasing, so we will just go with that shall we?

Before you close this page with absolute disgust, and vowing to never order from us again, we have GOOD NEWS!

Signup Discount

Here is some good news, if you are new, our 20% sign up discount is here to stay!

All first orders made on our app or here on the site will give you 20% off, no matter the amount.

New Romford Dragon 2021 Menu

When we opened, our main goal was to expose everyone in Romford to new and different Chinese and Asian cuisine. Apart from the typical Chinese food you get in any other Chinese takeaway nearby; like your Egg Fried Rice and Chicken Chow Mein, we’ve included some more authentic dishes such as Dim Sum; and you loved it! We like having you on board with feedback, so we asked you what would you like us to add, and you took on the challenge! From more authentic Asian foods, to missing Chinese dishes from other takeaways; we got so much feedback. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to add them all, but we tried our best! You can learn more about each dish we added here.

Well, that is our first year’s wrap up, hope you enjoy reading this as much as you enjoy our food. We will continue to keep everyone updated.

I know most of my posts are quite informal and not very serious, but I would just like to close this post with all seriousness:

Thank you. Thank you so much for supporting us in our first year, despite the challenges.

Thank you for leaving us a positive review on Google, TripAdvisor and other platforms.

Thank you for telling your friends and neighbors to try us out.

And thank you for making an order, every order supports our family and our staff.

Thank you, and here to many more orders with the Romford Dragon!


~Alex, Alice and the rest of the Romford Dragon Team 🐉 💁‍♀️ 👨‍🍳 🚴

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the New 2021 Romford Dragon Menu

Chinese takeaways have the same boring old menu, if it’s not Egg Fried rice then it is the Singapore Rice Noodles! Don’t get us wrong these are scrumptious Chinese dishes, and we are guilty of eating them a lot; but it does get a little old quick. 🥱


Introducing the Romford Dragon 2021 Menu!


Over here at the Romford Dragon, we love to involve the local community in our decisions and we are always open to your feedback. 💡

We asked you over on social media last month on what you would like us to add to our new menu and you spoke!

This blog post will share the dishes that we have decided to add to our menu so you can learn a bit more about them before your next order!

Before we start, we would just like to say, we really wanted to add pork and other steamed buns (Char Siu Bao) to the menu, but we had one issue. The steam buns are best enjoyed piping hot, and it tastes rather naft when cold; so we had to drop those buns 😞

With that out of the way, let’s check out the new dishes!

Duck Spring Rolls (6 pieces) #J12A

Love our crispy Aromatic Duck? We’ve wrapped it up into a roll, stuffing it with various vegetables such as carrots and cauliflower, and a mix of Chinese noodles.

It is then deep-fried until golden brown.

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Special Dragon Crunchy Crispy Noodles #113B

Our new signature dish with some special thin noodles.

These noodles are deep fried, then dried to give it a crispy crunch; these will be served separately so it will retain its crunchiness. Once you are ready to eat it, pour the main dish consisting of beef, chicken, pork, king prawn and veggies. You can then taste the sauce from these meats along with the dragon crunch of the noodles!


Dragon Crunchy Chilly Seafood noodles #113C

For our seafood lovers who want a little kick of spiciness, true to any dragon, we serve these noodles in a hot spicey sauce along with mussels, squid, king prawns and mixed vegetables.


Crispy Aromatic Mock Chicken # V17

Our Mock meat is extremely popular with our vegan customers, so we decided to add mock chicken to the menu.

Served with soft pancake rolls, tangy Hoisin Sauce, a box of cucumber, onions and lettuce; it is everyone’s favorite dish in vegetarian chicken form!


Dragon Tomato Chicken/Beef/King Prawn #8A/28A/47A

Want something a bit healthier? We got you covered. A tangy tomato dish, rich in tomato sauce, onions and peppers. Lovely with boiled steamed white rice.

Special Fry Udon Noodles #112B

Chewy noodles fried with Beef, Chicken, Pork, King Prawn & Vegetables on top cooked in sauce. Normally found in Japanese restaurants, these noodles originally came from China.

udaan noodles

Thai Seafood Spicy Udaan Noodles #112C

Same noodles, very different flavor. Chewy spicy hot noodles, fried with mussels, squid, king prawns and mixed vegetables. YUM!

Salt and Pepper Crispy Shredded Beef #38A

Beef shredded into pieces, dipped in batter, just how you like it, but dry fried with salt and pepper!


BBQ Chicken Wings # J29A

Well, we don’t know what else we could say other than it is chicken wings made with our signature barbecue sauce! Great if you want to go easy on the deep fried stuff, enjoy!


Sesame Chicken Rolls (6 Pieces) # J12

Our fried chicken cooked in sesame, wrapped in a roll, then deep-fried.


Salt and Pepper Popcorn Chicken #J14A

These Chicken pieces are a little familiar if you frequent a certain chicken place with some old chap on the logo. Fried with our salt and pepper, we dare say, it is pretty finger licking good!


Honey Crispy Chicken #J33

Strips of chicken deep fried then glazed with a rich syrup, we dare you to find something as sweet as our Honey Crispy Chicken!

honey crispy chicken


Plain Fried Rice Noodles

For those who have tried our spicy Singaporean rice noodles, this is a lot more innocuous. Great for those who want a healthier simpler dish; friendly to vegans.


Stir Fried Vegetarian Rice Noodles #123B

Stirring it up a bit with more flavor, we have added carrots onions, beansprouts, and peppers to give it more taste.


Deep Fried Tofu Rice Noodles #123C

First we deep-fry tofu, then stir fry it with noodles, even more taste if the first two dishes aren’t enough!


Few, and there you have it. We do hope you will try these out along with your favorites, we are always looking to introduce new Asian food to everyone in Romford.

Thank you so much for supporting us in 2020, and enjoy our new menu by trying out a new dish today!

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Face Masks are Compulsory, even at Takeaways in Romford

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!)


What can £100 Get You at the Romford Dragon

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.


Can I still Pick Up My Chinese If I Do Not Wear A Face Mask?

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! 🦐🍘

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No Eat Out to Help Out discount in Romford Takeaways

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.

How Does Eat Out to Help Out Work?

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.

Does Eat Out to Help Out apply to takeaways?

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.


What Restaurants are Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

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.


What Days are the Eat Out to Help Out Discount Available?

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!

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Back Open


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.

Good news!

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.

New Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

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.

  1. Contactless delivery – our drivers will leave your food on your doorstep and ring your bell, they will step back to insure you get your food.
  2. Cash Payment – we understand that not everyone uses card, so we will still be accepting cash payment, but please ensure that you have the right amount before our driver arrives, or any extra  (our drivers will appreciate the tip). We will provide a container next to the food for you to put the cash in. Card payments are obviously still accepted.
  3. In store, we are only allowing 3 customers inside our premises at any one time, please adhere to guidance on keeping a distance from other customers.

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!

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Cheerio, Just for a While 👋

We are now back open!




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.

When Will You Open Again?

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!

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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 🐉

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A Chinese Takeaway Now Offering Contactless Delivery to locals nearby

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.

How Does Contactless Deliveries Work?

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.

How Can You Help?

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!