Monday, 10 September 2012

The Munchy Box and The Grill Box

The Munchy Box is a thing of legend in Scotland.  Unlike many other legends however, the Munchy Box is very real and exists in almost every kebab shop across the country.  A vast mixture of foods (almost all of which have been deep fried), it's the perfect choice for those who can't make their mind up what to order.

Let's get one thing out of the way first of all - this is not a meal for the faint hearted, or for those with weak hearts!  The sheer volume of food alone is a scary prospect for many and that's before we've even worked out the fat content.  It is what it is though, and what it is is an extremely cost effective and superb munch, particularly after a few drinks have been consumed.

Taking just one local Glasgow takeaway's decription as an example, the Munchy Box contains the following:
  • Vegetable Pakora
  • Mushroom Pakora
  • Chicken Pakora
  • Chips
  • Donner Meat
  • Onion Rings
  • Salad
  • Pitta Bread
  • Kebab Sauce
These are the essential, core ingredients of a munchy box.  Many takeaways vary things up a little by offering naan bread as opposed to pitta bread, cans of juice, chips and cheese etc.

Recently various sizes of munchy box have also become regularly available, so that you can increase the size of your box up to as large as 16".  This might be appropriate if you're having a party and the food is to be shared, however anyone who's seen any kind of munchy box will know that 'going large' is completely unnecessary if the meal is designed for one!

A more unique and recent version of the munchy box, known as 'The Grill Box' is fast becoming a common inclusion on takeaway menus.  Like a cousin of the munchy box, the grill box again contains a massive volume and mixture of food stuffs, this time however based on 'grill' food (surprisingly) which includes the following:
  • Donner Meat
  • Chicken Kebab
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Lamb Tikka
  • Seekh Kebab
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Chicken Chaat
  • Chips/Cheese
  • Naan Bread
  • Salad
  • Kebab Sauce, Pakora Sauce, Garlic Sauce

Lamb Donner, cunningly disguising the vast mixture of foods hidden underneath

Starting to reveal the contents underneath

The hidden mixture underneath a mountain of Lamb

The Grill Box variation seems to be slightly more of a healthy option given that the tikka meats and chicken kebab will have been cooked in the tandoor or on the charcoal grill, resulting in less fat in the final dish.  Healthier, but still not healthy, if that makes sense.  Regardless, anyone who purchases a munchy box or grill box is certainly not aiming for a healthy meal and they do say a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

So, if you're a fan of takeaway food and you find yourself in Scotland, hungry and unsure of what to order, you know what to do.  Why pick one thing when you could have them all?

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