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Mar 19, 2010 10:11 PM

Chinese Food and Take-Out/ Order Always Right?


I have never in all my years had a incomplete or changed order when it comes to Chinese food.Ever.

I have asked a few friends through the yrs if this is a common occurrance for them too and in most cases it has been.(Sometimes I just ask odd questions).

Anyway,my girlfriends daughter-in-law is expecting and 7 of us ordered a bunch of food while we planned her baby shower.Chinese food.Everything was just as we ordered it.

I asked the question that I have asked many times before.Do you always get exactly what you ordered when you order Chinese food? The answer was 100% yes.

I have had take-out from many different places,including,but not limited to McDonalds and I can't say the same for any other type of cusine other than Chinese.

Are my friends and I just Lucky? What experience have you had with take out Chinese?Same?Not even close?


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  1. My experience varies. If you order by number, it is almost always correct. If you order by name of dish it is 95% correct. BUT, if you ask for changes in the composition of a dish (leaving something out or adding an item) 85 % correct.

    My worst track record was with a local restaurant who hired American kids to man the phones. The order was always wrong. The American kids understood the customers, but couldn't communicate to the Chinese staff.

    All that said, 2 weeks ago, we received an order that was all wrong, they stapled our order sheet to someone else's bag.

    1. being British originally it was Indian take-away/delivery that we pretty much always ordered and I would say that it was 95% right.

      Now can we get the drive thru MickyD's Wendys and BKs to manage to get just one order correct??????????? How many times have you got home or back to work or even left the drive thru and there's not too much right?

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      1. re: smartie

        McDonalds doesn't care what you order. They give you what they want you to have. One morning, three of us at work all had to take our breakfast back to McDonalds to have it corrected. We were all given completely wrong orders. Nothing even resembled what we ordered.

      2. As the OP hinted at,when discussing this it's important to take into consideration the number of people a person typically orders for, assuming each diner is getting a different dish. A single person will presumably order fewer dishes and experience an accordingly lower rate of errors.

        Ordering for myself, I've always been amazed at how low the rate of errors with Chinese takeout and delivery orders has been. The orders have been correct in excess of 99.9% of the time. I can only recall 3 or 4 times when there was a problem. I typically order an appetizer and a couple of entrees.

        My McDonald's and pizza chain takeout orders have also had very low error rates - zero errors for pizza and nearly zero for McDonald's - but the number of Chinese takeout/delivery orders I've made has been much, much greater, so the Chinese restaurant error rate is the more impressive.

        1. We order from the same Chinese-Canadian place about once a month, and even though we ask for a couple of substitutions in the "Family Dinner For Four", we have never had a problem. That's been going on for over ten years.

          1. WE get our orders right too. Usually, they tell me my order back which really is good.

            McDonalds has screwed up my salad several time.