Can’t be bothered cooking tonight? Let Kukd do the hard work for you

With the days getting colder and the evenings getting darker, sometimes cooking feels like the last thing I want to do when I get home from work. With only myself to cook for, it can seem pointless slaving over a hot stove just to dish up a warm meal for myself. It’s very tempting to dine out or order a takeaway instead as its much quicker, easier, and the latter choice means I can enjoy my food in the comfort of own home without having to brave the Winter weather.

Although I have previously blogged about Deliveroo, and I’m quite a big fan of Just Eat, recently I decided to give Kukd a go for a change. 

Based in Cwmbran, South Wales, Kukd is an online takeaway ordering and table reservation service which enables you to order food, or book a table at a number of restaurants and/or takeaways in the local area. For each order placed, Kukd donate a food box, containing a full meal and a bottle of water, to a child in Bangladesh. As one of the world’s poorest countries, over half of Bangladeshis live off less than $1 per day, forcing over 7 million children to work in order to ensure that their family survives.

Available as both a desktop website and an app, Kukd is simple to use and easy to navigate, although I did encounter a few error messages when trying to order through the website directly, as opposed to via the app. 

There are a variety of different cuisines listed, although the range of available restaurants is fairly limited in comparison to some other online takeaway services, and many of the outlets are closed or unavailable.

I used Kukd to order two takeaway meals recently. After entering my postcode into the search box, I was able to view a list of takeaways in my area which I could filter by cuisine, or delivery/collection. Upon placing my orders, I was conveniently able to choose the desired time of arrival (and I am pleased to say that both orders arrived on time).

My first delivery was from Chicken.Com, one of many fast food outlets on Cardiff’s City Road, serving pizzas, burgers, fried and grilled chicken, and desserts. Feeling particularly hungry, I ordered the Home Alone Deal, consisting of one medium pizza, one piece of chicken, regular fries and a canned soft drink (£6.99), accompanied by a small garlic Margherita pizza (£3.99). When the order arrived, I was very thankful when the driver informed me that I had been given a free small Hawaiian Dream pizza. 

Hawaiian Pizza

However, upon tasting the food, it became apparent that I wasn’t even going to finish a single pizza, let alone polish off the free one; the base of my Hawaiian Dream pizza resembled rigid cardboard, while the dough was tasteless and hardened within around 10 minutes. It tasted like a pre-made, shop-bought pizza base. The turkey ham and pineapple topping was minimal, the meat was of a low quality and the cheese was burnt, indicating that the pizza had been overcooked.

Meanwhile, the chicken was so dry, just a few mouthfuls left me craving a glass of water and I was unable to finish it. Needless to say, I will not be ordering from Chicken.Com again.

Small pizza

My second delivery from Kukd was somewhat of a different story. I ordered shredded crispy chicken in garlic butter sauce (£5.20), plain, regular chow mein (£2.40), sesame prawn toast (£4.50), and chicken and sweetcorn soup (£3.50) from the New Golden Rickshaw, also located on Cardiff’s City Road. 

Chinese takeaway

When my family and I ordered Chinese takeaway when I was a child, we would always order some chicken and sweetcorn soup. There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold evening, and this one had a tasty, savoury flavour and was packed with sliced chicken.

Chicken and sweetcorn soup

The garlic chicken was the real star of the show (although the chicken wasn’t shredded, as the description had stated). Succulent chicken strips coated in a thick, well-seasoned batter were smothered in a more-ish, light buttery sauce flavoured with freshly chopped garlic. 

Garlic chicken

The sauce went particularly well with the plain chow mein, soaking through the noodles and boosting their taste with piquant, punchy flavours. 

Admittedly the sesame prawn toast was a complete letdown, consisting of what appeared to be a thick layer of prawn-flavoured jelly, wedged between two squashed, dry slices of toast covered in sesame seeds. The toast was absolutely drenched in grease and I gave up after just one slice, despite sesame prawn toast being one of my favourite Chinese dishes.

Sesame prawn toast

On the whole, my Kukd delivery experience was a mixed bag. The takeaway outlets were very reasonably priced, and knowing that a Bangladeshi child gets a free meal for every takeaway I order made me feel less guilty about eating junk food. However, the desktop website was buggy and as many of the restaurants were closed both times I ordered, I was pretty much limited to ordering from either a fast food, Chinese or Indian takeaway. In addition, I wasn’t blown away by the quality of the food I ordered from Chicken.com, and I couldn’t see any Cardiff restaurants on Kukd’s list that I would class as serving high quality, freshly cooked food, aside from Ichiban Japanese restaurant in Canton. 

Would I order from Kukd again? It would depend what kind of food I was in the mood for. Greasy fast food? Hell, yes (although I’d steer clear of Chicken.Com). High quality, authentic food prepared using fresh ingredients? Perhaps not.

Kukd credited my account with £30 and paid me a modest fee in return for an honest review of my delivery experience. 

Have you ever ordered food online? What website did you use, and how was your delivery experience?

12 Comments

  1. January 5, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with chicken.com, its such reviews that help others make informed choices. I usually meal prep and freeze, that way when I aint in a mood to cook I got frozen 🙂

    • January 6, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      That’s a great idea. In fact, I’m going to make a tasty spag bol tonight to sort me out for the rest of the week 🙂

  2. January 5, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    It’s nice that they donate a meal for each order but it’s a shame that you didn’t manage to get meals which you loved x

  3. January 5, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I had a look at the website and yeah it isn’t the nicest! I do love the idea of a meal being donated though x

    • January 6, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Yeah, it could do with a bit of work that’s for sure 🙂

  4. January 5, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Never heard of Kukd! I love ordering online because I hate talking on the phone – anxiety struggles 🙁

  5. January 5, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Admitedly I can’t be bothered to cook most nights haha! I love Just Eat and Chinese takaways are always a good shout!

  6. January 5, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I love that they donate meals, that’s fab! Literally nowhere delivers food where I live (the joys of rural life!) so takeaway is far less tempting than when I lived in a city haha! That garlic chicken looks incredible, though <3

  7. Hannah | Swellbound australian lifestyle blog
    January 8, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Heh I can rarely be bothered to cook, so love delivery apps particularly ones which offer a big variety. Sad to hear the pizzas were so disappointing!

    • January 10, 2017 / 2:15 am

      I know the feeling, but I am trying to eat healthier now. ‘Trying’ 😉

  8. January 8, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I’d never heard of this before but it sounds amazing! So great to give back x

    • January 10, 2017 / 2:22 am

      I had heard of Kukd, but never used them. It’s a shame there’s not a greater variety of food outlets on there, or I’d order more from them as it’s good that they donate to charity.

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