HOLLAND — Hollanders were treated to a unique restaurant review Sunday evening, after a pair of orders were mixed up at China Kitchen.
"If you ordered from China Kitchen on S. Washington tonight, shortly before close, and the last four digits of your phone number are 5484...this message is for you," Ashlynn Cluchey wrote in local Facebook group, Holland Informed.
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Cluchey went on to explain the restaurant accidentally mixed up two orders, leaving her with the mystery order left behind when "5484" was given her order (5488).
"I'm sorry you got my order," she wrote. "I hope you at least liked it. Although, given what you ordered, I don't think you will, sorry."
When employees realized their mistake, Cluchey bought the food anyway "because why not experience what someone else likes?" She then proceeded to write her own review.
"It was … interesting," she wrote. "Not bad, but interesting. Something that I feel like someone would crave either during pregnancy or once a year. Not exactly sure what the weird rectangular pale bits were ... but I’m going to assume chicken, for the sake of not really wanting to know."
With the help of her roommate, Cluchey later concluded those "weird rectangular pale bits" were probably tofu.
"My shrimp egg rolls probably don’t compare to the crab rangoon," Cluchey continued. "Sorry, I’m on a 'diet' ... or at least I was until I took home your order."
Next, Cluchey gave 5484 directions on how best to consume her order.
"If you haven’t eaten the egg rolls, put them in the fridge and warm them up to eat later," she wrote. "They are always better as leftovers."
"I hope getting my order didn’t 'ruin' your night," Cluchey added. "But just know that they were extremely apologetic at China Kitchen and very worried that you would be upset."
The post amassed nearly 450 reactions by noon Monday, June 13, including a comment from 5484 herself (turns out she's really 5448.)
"I had wanted hot and sour soup 'cause I've been sick lately," wrote Laura Perales. "The shrimp with snow peas was delicious. I was so hungry, I just ate it. (I) live in Zeeland, so (I) didn't want to make a big deal about it."
"I’m glad you still enjoyed it and I hope you feel better soon," Cluchey responded. "If you have any leftovers, I usually make them into a stir fry the next day with scrambled eggs and sesame seeds. Just throw it all together in a pan and heat it up with butter."
Followers on Holland Informed were amused and encouraged by the exchange.
"This post is a bright light shining in what often feels like a dark and dreary world," wrote Faith Meilof Steketee. "Thank you ladies for handling this in an adult way with no unnecessary drama."
Those worried about Cluchey returning to China Kitchen needn't be.
"Still the best Chinese place in Holland, in my opinion."
This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Woman posts hilarious review after China Kitchen mixes up orders