Classic Chinese Delivery: Happy Kitchen

Every so often we have virtual lunches with our teams at work. I’m sure you remember my first one from Nguyen’s Kitchen or my most recent one from Aloha Hawaiian BBQ. It is always nice to get in some interaction with work people even if it is virtual. I love seeing what everyone gets to help inspire me to try new places. This time around I was craving some Chinese food which luckily I found a place offering a discount.

Orange Chicken

Normally I would have a picture from the website but the website is not so pretty so we are diving straight into the Adventure. The entree and probably the best thing about this whole Adventure was the Orange Chicken. The sauce as with all Orange Chicken had the perfect blend of tangy and sweet flavor profiles. I liked how the chicken had a mix of white and dark meat chicken to give it a variety of proteins. It’s been a while since I’ve had classic Orange Chicken so my craving has been satisfied for a while.

Honey & Ginger

We are going to do some time travel for this Adventure to a week before the libation that was created. I had some ginger that I had purchased for my meal prep for the week and the ginger they sell at Trader Joe’s only comes in an already prepared bag. My meal prep also involved using honey. Just in case you are interested I made Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs which I may just have to make for a future Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure. Back to the task at hand, since I had honey and ginger I thought I would give my shot at making a honey-ginger syrup. Essentially all you need is a cup of honey, a cup of water, and thinly sliced pieces of a 6-inch piece of ginger. Combine all of these ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. You’ll bring it to a simmer for 5 minutes then place it in your container of choice and let sit overnight. This will allow the ginger to soak in the syrup to create more flavor. Then strain out the ginger and you have a bottle of Honey-Ginger Syrup.

4 Ingredient Cocktail

Now that we have created our Honey-Ginger Syrup let’s actually use this in a cocktail. Your eyes are not fooling you. That is two bottles of scotch whiskey that you are staring at. I don’t really have whiskey in my bar collection but one of these bottles was from my grandpa. It was the bottle of J&B that he has had sitting in a closet for 30 or more years. Luckily whiskey does not go bad so I ended up taking it. Don’t worry I looked it up to see if it was worth thousands of dollars before opening it, which sadly it wasn’t. The other bottle I had to get because of the cocktail I’m going to show you involves Islay Scotch in specific.


After shaking up your lemon juice, honey-ginger syrup, and blended scotch pour it in a glass with ice then top it off with some Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. There you have the makings of a Penicillin. My verdict on this drink is…it was kinda bad. Maybe a $20 bottle of Islay Scotch from Trader Joe’s isn’t the best ingredient for a Penicillin. By itself, it was very smoky and bitter, and when poured near the top that is the taste you are going to get. But I’ve never been a fan of scotch by itself unless it is a very nice aged bottle. I was hoping that a scotch whiskey cocktail would have changed my thoughts on this liquor. Unfortunately, that was not the case for this at-home creation. I’m going to make sure that honey-ginger syrup doesn’t go to waste by finding some new recipes.

Chow Mein

For my side, I got a thing of chow mein which is my go-to whenever I go to Panda Express which has been at least 2 years since I’ve had a meal from Panda. Unfortunately, this chow mein was not the best chow mein I’ve ever had. It just tasted watery with not a lot of flavor happening. With enough soy sauce and Sriracha, it improved but not by much.

Cream Cheese Crab Rangoons

Lastly were the cream cheese crab Rangoons. And yet again more disappointment. The texture on the outside gave off a powdery taste which was very unappealing. There was not much filling in the Rangoon, which was very unfortunate since all that was left was basically the tasteless exterior. Even the bright orange sweet and sour sauce in the packet was unable to revive these Rangoons. I don’t have them too often so when I do have them I am always hoping for delicious fried goodness. I remember this one place in Portland that my sister took us to that had the best cream cheese Rangoons ever. Hopefully, the next time I go visit her I’ll be able to have those delicious Rangoons again.

I know this wasn’t the most positive Adventure I’ve ever had but I just had to share my thoughts on the items I got. Who knows maybe some of their other items are much better and worth the trip or delivery. However, hopefully, this review leads you to make better food choices than I. I also had scheduled my delivery to arrive by 12 in time for the start of the lunch but it didn’t arrive till 12:30 which was also disappointing.

Website: Happy Kitchen & Penicillin







This question is more for my benefit but I always like good recommendations. What is your favorite Scotch to drink?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!


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