I have just received a box full of about 5000 flyers for a website called chinesefood4u.co.uk (also handily known as chf4u.co.uk. The flyer describes the website as “The website where you can get discount meal vouchers from different Chinese restaurants”. It also has a picture of two puppies peeking over a Chinese plate. I believe this is because it is the Year Of The Dog, however it may also be a suggestion of the signed up restaurants hygiene standards or a serving suggestion (not really, that koreanfood4u – and num num dog anyway).

So I went to the website. And after the painfully slow loading “movie” went past, I was presented with a vision of the web from 1997. Frames, pointless sidebar links, scrolling tickertape messages. And a moving crab in a box wishing me happy new year. Restaurants featured range from Devon to Muswell Hill, though it is unclear to what extent they participate in a scheme which is also unclear on how it works. I have applied for a voucher and will keep you up to date.

Oh, and the recipe section just nicks it off another website. Bravo the combined talents of the Chinese Takeaways Association and The Chinese Food & Beverage Webs Association.