Dawn was practically bouncing in excitement. "Do you have any chop suey?"
Wolf looked at her like she'd grown another head. "Dawn, love, this is Chinese food. Noodles, steamed wonton, braised wonton, fried wonton and short soup." She shifted her gaze to Spike who shrugged.
"What can I say? She grew up in Sunnydale, their idea of foreign cuisine is hamburgers that have wacky names served by spotty teenagers in quaint themed costumes."
Dawn looked confused and a little hurt, Spike wrapped an arm around her shoulders. "Sorry, love, but Sunnydale had some really shit food." He grabbed a bag off Wolf and headed for the kitchen, Dawn following behind. She watched as Wolf and Spike emptied the containers into bowls and brought them across to the table.
Poking through the selection before her, Dawn couldn't believe how good it smelled and tasted. "So this is real Chinese food? Wow."
Smiling as she watched Dawn gamely struggled with the slippery combination of chopsticks and noodles, Wolf nodded. "It's just one regional style. The chef comes from Szechuan province and this is the type of cooking from his region."
"Cool. Can we try something new next time?"
Personally Wolf thought that take away was a better way of introducing her guests to the joys of her favourite Chinese restaurant. It wasn't nicknamed Crazy Noodle for nothing. Cramped tables, sharing tables with total strangers, meals ending up at the wrong table. It was fast in, fast out rather than a relaxed dining experience, but the food was amazing.
"Wait until I introduce you to the heaven that is pide." She wondered what Dawn would make of the kitsch interior and the loop tapes of belly dancing.
Dawn looked blank, Spike took pity on her. "It's Turkish pizza. You'll love it."
"Well, if it's as good as this I'm sure I'll love it." She couldn't believe she'd been missing out on food this good her entire life. Dawn thought her holiday in London was off to a great start.
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Part of the Rome!verse, the London!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse