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Double Dragon: The history of Chinese Cuisine

Double Dragon: The history of Chinese Cuisine

For the Chinese, food is one of the most important foundations of their culture. Most Chinese people believe in the old saying that food is the first necessity of the nation. For thousands of years, they considered the cuisine as an ancient art form to be respected. Countless generations have refined and cultivated the Chinese cuisine as we know it today. 

Philosophy of Chinese cuisine

Many people may not know it but Chinese cuisine is heavily influenced by the politics and economy of the country for thousands of years. One of the greatest contributors to the growth of this is some of the teachings of Confucius. 

The great philosopher that brought to life the Confucian way of life established various standards of cooking and table manners. These practices are still practised today by modern Chinese people. 

Here are some of the table manners that the famous scholar taught the people of China:

  1. Every social gathering by the Chinese people almost always include food. Not having enough food during these events are considered bad decorum in their culture.
  2. Meat and vegetables should be cut into bite-sized pieces before being served on the dinner table. Using knives are considered bad table manners in their culture.
  3. The blending of ingredients and flavours to make a delicious dish is a must in their culture because it promotes harmony on the dinner table. 
  4. Dish presentation is considered as one of the most important table etiquettes by the well-known scholar. He wants people to understand that people should ‘live to eat’ rather than creating meals just for the sake of surviving. 

On the contrary, Taoism teaches their people to view food as a source of nourishment rather than only seeing the beauty and flavours. For them, survival is rooted in the nutrients you get from your meals rather than living for the glory of food. 

Chinese cuisine and health

Nutritious food has been part of the Chinese diet for centuries. They have used all sorts of plants, herbs and spices to give their food a tasty kick without compromising its nutritional value. Also, even though a lot of these meals are rich in meat and poultry, they still maintain the nutritional value by adding a lot of vegetables and other healthy herbs. There is also little to no use of dairy products among any Chinese food which makes it a lot healthier compared to various cultural cuisines around the world. 

About Double Dragon

Enjoy the best Chinese cuisine there is at Guelph when you dine in at Double Dragon. We employ only the best chefs and kitchen staff to ensure that quality meals are served at the table. We offer a diverse range of authentic Chinese meals that you can choose from such as the famous Chop Suey, various noodles, fried rice dishes, vegetable meals, among others. 

Double Dragon Guelph: What makes Chinese food so delicious

Double Dragon Guelph: What makes Chinese food so delicious

Double Dragon Guelph: What makes Chinese food so delicious

We are yet to know a place that is unfamiliar with the delicious and unique taste of Chinese food. It is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. The savoury and fresh flavours captivated the hearts of many people, even those from foreign countries. Today, it is hard to miss the growth of Chinese restaurants in every area and city all over the west. 

Countries like America, Canada, and other countries all over the world, have at least one Chinese joint per city. People are constantly craving the brilliant mix of flavours that invade the mouth just right with its mild sweetness and aroma. 

So, what exactly made the Chinese cuisine so special and irresistible to everyone? One answer that stands out is the incredible diversity of Chinese cuisine. The Chinese people are the biggest traders in the world even before a stable civilization was established. Their global reach allowed them to incorporate different cultural tastes that they applied in their cuisine. 

It has a global appeal because the dishes are a culmination of the best flavours of different countries. The food served in Chinese joints isn’t the same as the genuine Chinese cuisine, but it is engineered to fit the taste of the country it is stationed in. It has the perfect blend of Chinese roots and the current country’s culture which creates an irresistible symphony of flavours. Here are some of the other reasons why Chinese food is so delightful wherever you go!

Top reasons why people love Chinese food 

  • Reason #1: Chinese cuisine tastes amazing

As global traders, Chinese people have a lot of access to spices and ingredients from all over the globe. They use these spices to create unique flavours that are captivating for everyone. Also, Chinese foods tend to be mild tasting. This makes it easier to pair it with other cuisines, and the result is simply wonderful. 

  • Reason #2: It’s cheap

There is a lot of discrimination against the Chinese and Asians in general in the west. To sell their products despite the discriminating outlook of people around, Chinese restaurants sell their products at a much cheaper price compared to others. Of course, even with discrimination being a huge issue, people value good-tasting and cheap food. 

  • Reason #3: It is an ancient cuisine

Chinese people are among the first civilizations in the world. Their knowledge of taste and flavour is incomparable to others. The original Chinese cuisine is bland in taste, but as it evolved with the world around it, Chinese people became capable of adding amazing flavours to their foods. 

  • Reason #4: Everybody knows a Chinese restaurant

The facts are, there is a Chinese person wherever you go. With their widespread population, Chinese citizens can influence other cultures with their taste in food, and introduce Chinese joints in foreign countries.

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 popular drinks in China!

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 popular drinks in China!

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 popular drinks in China!

We welcome you to Double Dragon Guelph! We are a restaurant that specializes in Chinese cuisine with its most exotic and oriental flavours. It is our mission to bring you an authentic Chinese dining experience that is out of this world. Of course, to give you the complete experience we offer not just amazing food, but also unique drinks!

There is nothing like a delicious Chinese takeout when it comes to ending a long day in bliss. If the food isn’t enough, a good choice of beverage will surely put a blast to your day. Check out our handpicked best beverages to enjoy in Double Dragon Guelph:

Top 5 most popular Chinese beverages!

Top beverage #1: Bai Mudan

Bai Mudan is a special type of Chinese white tea that is also known as a white peony. The ingredients for the tea are handpicked during spring, specifically at Fujian. It is a traditional tea that has minimal processing so the flavour will remain fresh and robust. 

It is praised for its subtle sweetness, refreshing flavour, and the typical herbaceous and earthy notes commonly observed in teas. But what makes this tea special is its light floral and fruity nuances. 

Top beverage #2: Erguotou

This special beverage is a variety of popular baijiu that is distilled from fermented sorghum. The name for this beverage roughly translates as head of the second pot, which refers to the manufacturing process of double distillation used to make Erguotou. 

It is the perfect drink for those who are looking for a little more punch in their drink. The string flavour will go well with any of your favourite meat dishes!

Top beverage #3: Hong Kong-style milk tea 

Milk tea is making rounds in the world as one of the most popular beverages. However, not all milk teas are created equal. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should definitely include Hong Kong-style milk tea in your next order. 

This beverage has a creamy and smooth texture that feels like velvet in your mouth. It is made with a combination of water, black tea, sugar, and fresh milk. 

Top beverage #4: Pu Erh

The world-famous Pu Erh tea, also known as vintage tea, is produced exclusively in Yunnan province of China. This flavourful and unique blend grows even more delicious as it ages. The scent and taste become mellow and smooth, just the perfect level to soothe your throat and bring you relaxation. 

Top beverage #5: Mijiu

Mijiu is a universal term for popular Chinese rice wine. It is believed to be the first of its kind and therefore has been a part of the Chinese traditional meals. The smooth and velvety wine is made with fermented glutinous rice that has a mellow hint of sweetness.

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 Chinese food you need to try

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 Chinese food you need to try

Double Dragon Guelph: Top 5 Chinese food you need to try

Asian food is bursting with bold flavours deeply rooted in a long history and rich culture. One of the most popular Asian cuisines hails from China where food is an important part of life. Every Chinese family values traditions centred around food whether it is cooking together to pass down family recipes or enjoying the food with each other. 

Traditional Chinese food is famous for its taste, aroma, colour, and appearance. Each dish holds a special meaning to the Chinese and is commonly served depending on the occasion. Here at Double Dragon, we strive to capture the essence of Chinese traditions in our featured dishes.

For years, Double Dragon has been serving the best Chinese food in Guelph, Southwestern Ontario. We take pride in the authenticity of our food, especially our Cantonese dishes. 

Cantonese cuisine is known all over the world for its distinct cooking style. It originated from the city of Guangzhou (also known as Canton). These local dishes are often prepared by steaming and stir-frying which makes them light and healthy. 

Double Dragon top #5: Chow Mein

Chow Mein (炒面, pronounced as chǎomiàn) is a Chinese stir-fried noodle dish usually served with vegetables and sometimes, meat (typically chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork) or tofu. It is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the world throughout the Chinese diaspora.

It is one of the staple dishes in most Chinese restaurants abroad, especially in countries such as India, Nepal, the UK and US. There are two kinds of Chow Mein variants made popular in the market:

  • Steamed Chow Mein – This dish uses long, round egg noodles made from wheat flour mixed with egg. The noodles are either fresh or dried which are then parboiled. Due to this, the Chow Mein variant has a soft texture. The finished dish also commonly includes onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, and mung bean sprouts. Before being served, it is mixed with soy sauce for added flavour.
  • Crispy Chow Mein – This dish uses flat noodles that are stir-fried and cooked until crisp. It either has onions and celery or served ‘strained’ which means there are no vegetables in it. A thick brown sauce is also poured over the noodles before serving.

Double Dragon top #4: Hot pot

Hot pot (火锅, pronounced as huǒguō) is a hearty meal that every Chinese food lover enjoys. It is also known as soup-food or steamboat because it is prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table.

Since it is meant to be enjoyed by many people, this dish has a wide range of ingredients added in its broth. Be that as it may, the secret to a great hotpot is in its stock. A basic hot pot stock is often made with water, salt, and spices. There are many kinds of soup flavours you can choose from such as mushroom, tomato, original, or spicy. 

The broth is brought to a simmer which is maintained at a gentle boiling temperature. Then, the raw ingredients are pre-sliced into thin sections so they can quickly cook in the stewing broth. Typical hot pot ingredients include:

  • Thinly sliced meat which can be 
    • Lamb
    • Goat
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Chicken or other poultry
  • Vegetables
    • Bok choy
    • Napa cabbage
    • Crown daisy
    • Spinach
    • Lettuce
    • Carrots
    • Winter melon
    • Bean sprouts
    • Daikon
    • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
    • Taro
    • Pumpkin
    • Watercress
    • Haidai (Seaweed)
    • Cilantro
  • Mushrooms
    • Straw mushroom
    • Enoki mushrooms (金针菇)
    • Shiitake (香菇)
    • Oyster mushrooms
  • Starches which can be 
    • Vermicelli 
    • Glass noodles
    • Chinese noodles
    • Udon 
    • Nian Gao
  • Egg products
    • Egg dumplings (蛋饺)
    • Chicken eggs
    • Duck eggs
    • Quail eggs
  • Soy products
    • Tofu
    • Tofu skin
    • Fu zhu
    • Blood tofu
    • Japanese style fish tofu 
    • Frozen tofu or fried tofu
  • Seafood
    • Fish
    • Prawns
    • Scallops
    • Cockles
    • Clams
    • Mussels
    • Fishballs
    • Shrimp balls
    • Shrimp paste
    • Squid
    • Crab
    • Lobster
    • Crawfish
    • Octopus
    • Geoduck
    • Cuttlefish
    • Sea cucumber

Double Dragon top #3: Dumplings

Dumplings (饺子, pronounced as jiǎozi) are another Chinese dish that has been prepared and enjoyed for more than 1,800 years. It was made popular in North China before it was served in Chinese restaurants across the world. 

It is a dish made with pieces of dough (can be prepared from a variety of starch items) wrapped around a filling that is typically minced meat and chopped vegetables. Its shape is similar to Italian pasta called tortellino. 

Moreover, dumplings can be stuffed with a wide range of ingredients such as:

  • Meat (usually pork but can instead be beef or chicken)
  • Seafood (fish, oysters or shrimp)
  • Cheese
  • Vegetables 
  • Fruits
  • Sweets (Chinese dates, sweet sesame, peanut or red bean paste)

There are many ways to prepare dumplings including baking, boiling, frying, simmering, and steaming. A popular type of Chinese dumplings is the wonton which is typically boiled in a light broth or soup. It is made with a meat or shrimp filling folded in a thinner and less elastic skin wrapping.

Other types of dumplings include:

  • Rice dumplings – These are made with glutinous rice called zongzi (粽子) which are shaped like a triangle or a cone.
  • Soup dumplings – These are commonly referred to as xiaolongbao (小籠包) which are filled with hot soup and served in a small bamboo steaming basket.

Double Dragon top #2: Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork (糖醋 咕噜肉, pronounced as táng cù gū lū ròu) is one of the most famous Cantonese dishes that was developed in the Qing Dynasty. It has a distinct bright orange colour with an interesting combination of spicy, sweet, and sour flavours.

This Cantonese food is made with vinegar, preserved plums, and hawthorn candy that lends an almost scarlet colour and sweet-sour taste. It is usually prepared with spare ribs or pork loins. There are also versions of sweet and sour pork that use other proteins such as lobster balls and add the sauce to the wok before serving.

Moreover, this dish can also be made with just vegetables. It combines ingredients typically used in salads such as cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, and onion with a fusion of pineapple or pear, vinegar, and sugar to make a cold served dish. Seasonings like rice vinegar, soy sauce, and spices such as ginger and cloves can also be added to enhance the flavour of the dish.

Double Dragon top #1: Cantonese style roast goose

Cantonese style roast goose (广式烧鹅, pronounced as guǎng shì shāo é) is a prime Chinese dish where a whole goose is cooked. It is prepared in a traditional cooking method of roasting in Southern China. This roasting method uses dry heat with hot air enveloping the food to evenly cook the meat.

A goose, which is in the family of waterfowls including ducks and swans, has a distinct taste with a high fat content which is packed with flavours and is also considered as the healthiest animal fat after fish fat. It is highlighted by the crisp skin and juicy meat achieved by the traditional cooking method.. The goose is typically marinated in soy sauce and rice wine.

Before the goose is roasted in a charcoal furnace, it is brushed with a glaze made with maltose syrup or honey, rice vinegar, and water. It is basted a few more times while it is roasting to give its distinct red colour and crisp skin. After it is cooked, it is served with plum sauce.

Double Dragon Guelph: Get the flavours of China delivered to you!

You can now taste the authentic flavours of China even if you are in Guelph! Get the best Chinese food in Southwestern Ontario delivered at your doorstep. With more than 200 different dishes to choose from, you will never have any trouble finding something for everyone. 

Double Dragon continues to give high-quality food and world-class service. Browse our menu on our website and order within minutes with just a few clicks! We have options for 3 or 5 people, a la carte, or dinner platters. 

Having a hard time choosing from our menu? We put together 8 different combo plates for a single order and a full course dinner for up to 6 people! We aim to give you the best Chinese cuisine experience so we are more than happy to work closely with you to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for!

Enjoy authentic Chinese dishes such as appetizers, soups, chop suey, noodles, egg foo yong, fried rice dishes vegetables, combo plates, and many chef specials. You can order online through our website or give us a call. We offer take out and delivery service anywhere in Guelph. 

Visit the Double Dragon restaurant for a better Chinese cuisine experience! You can find us at 43 MacDonell Street, Guelph, Southwestern Ontario, Canada N1H 2Z4. For queries and other concerns, you can reach us at our phone number at (519) 763 3198 and fax number (519) 763 3197.

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