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Best Chinese recipes you can try at home

Best Chinese recipes you can try at home

Best Chinese recipes you can try at home 

When it comes to food, Chinese cuisine is one of the most delicious you can try. With their flavourful and aromatic dishes, you can never go wrong with this cuisine. What makes Chinese dishes even more exciting is that you can easily whip them in your kitchen without hassle. All you need to have is the right ingredients and right food preparation and you’re good to go. Are you curious to know more about Chinese food? Here are some of the dishes you can try at home: 

Pan-Fried Chinese Pancakes 

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 40 mins

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Servings: 8

Yield: 8 pancakes

When it comes to brunch food, pan-friend Chinese pancakes are one of the best dishes you can whip at home. Also known as cong you bing, jiu cai bing and scallion pancakes, this dish is something that you can prepare for breakfast, brunch or for your afternoon snack. When cooking this dish, it’s best to dissolve the salt properly in the warm water before you mix the dough or flour to make sure that you get the right consistency.

Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil (Optional)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil, or as needed
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed (Optional).

Pork dumplings 

Servings: 6

Prep time: 1 hr

Yield: 100 dumplings

When it comes to Chinese food, one of the most delicious dishes you can try is dumplings. It’s versatile because you can pair it with rice, veggies or even noodles. Additionally, you can tweak the recipe whichever you prefer or change the main ingredients into chicken, beef or even seafood. When cooking this dish, it’s important you don’t skimp on the soy because it’s the ingredient that gives it flavour along with garlic and onions. When cutting them, make sure you dice them into fine pieces so the texture of the dish won’t be coarse. 

Ingredients:

  • 100 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers
  • 1 ¾ pounds ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 cups finely shredded Chinese cabbage 

Chicken Sweet and Sour 

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Additional: 10 mins

Total: 1 hr

Servings: 8

Yield: 8 servings 

Nothing gives flavour to your meal like a chicken sweet and sour. Cooked in delicious ingredients such as pineapple chunks and juice, this dish is something you can enjoy with rice or on its own. 

  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ cups water, divided
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 drops orange food colour
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 ¼ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1-quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
Double Dragon Guelph: Meat dishes that we offer

Double Dragon Guelph: Meat dishes that we offer

Are you a meat lover and craving some traditional dishes that we offer here at Double Dragon Guelph? If yes, then we recommend checking out some of the most popular dishes that you can try below.

Char siu

Char siu is a popular Chinese dish that is made up of roasted pork that has been marinated in several ingredients such as soy sauce, rice wine, and star anise. Depending on your preference, you also have the choice to add some side dishes like tofu or soup to come with this meal.

Hong shao rou

Known as one of the classics of Chinese cuisine, hong shao rou is a delicious meat dish that is made with braised pork belly. When making this dish, our chefs boil the meat and douse it in a rich mixture of rice wine, sugar, and light and dark soy sauce for an additional flavour.

It originated in the Chinese province of Hunan and is famous for being a favourite dish of Mao Tse-tung, the founding father of China.

Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork is a Chinese dish that has been popular among children and adults alike. This consists of chunks of pork that are deep-fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Once done, the meat is then mixed with a bright red, sticky, sweet and sour sauce, and vegetables such as carrots, green pepper, and onions.

Twice cooked pork

The twice-cooked pork is a popular dish that is loved by children and adults alike. When making this dish, the pork is first simmered in a pot and cooled in the refrigerator to make the meat and fat firm up. Afterwards, the meat is then sliced and stir-fried with vegetables such as cabbage, bell peppers, leeks, and mushrooms.

General Tso’s chicken

General Tso’s chicken is a sweet and spicy dish consisting of chicken dices that are deep-fried. It is also blended with a sauce that is made from sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and rice wine.

Orange chicken

Orange chicken is a traditional Chinese dish that originated from the region of Hunan. It consists of a battered chicken that is blended with a sweet and sour chilli sauce. This recipe is a great option to eat on any occasion.

Peking Duck

The Peking Duck is a traditional Chinese dish that consists of a duck that is cooked until the skin turns golden and crispy. Once the meat becomes tender and moist, the meat and the skin will then be folded in thin pancakes or steamed white buns.

Mapo Doufu

Originated in Sichuan, mapo doufu is a savoury dish that consists of tofu cubes containing minced meat, beef or pork, and fermented black beans. Additionally, the numbing spiciness and hotness of the dish come from Sichuan peppercorns, chilli oil, and a broad bean paste.

Double Dragon: Traditional Chinese dishes you should try

Double Dragon: Traditional Chinese dishes you should try

Savour the taste of these traditional dishes that will take you to different Chinese regions and provinces with every bite. Begin your journey with the most popular foods that keep people from all over the world hooked!

Chow mein

A Chinese meal won’t be complete without a bowl of delicious chow mein. This dish is made from fried noodles and flavoured with a signature sauce that includes light sesame oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. To give it a special and authentic taste, chicken broth is added to the noodles. 

There are numerous variations of chow mein and you’ll find how each one differs through the different cooking methods and ingredients varying from every restaurant, household or region. Whether this noodle dish is made from chow mein noodles or traditional Chinese egg noodles, it will surely taste heavenly.

Rou jia mo/ Chinese hamburger

Rou jia mo means ‘mean in a bun’ in Chinese which bears resemblance to the Western hamburger. It is made from pan-baked buns filled with a meaty filling of shredded pork belly. The meat is seasoned with over 20 kinds of fresh herbs and spices that give it a delicious fusion of flavours.

Baozi

This is a sweet steamed bun which means ‘a little package’ in Chinese as it contains a savoury filling of meat or vegetables. Locals also make other varieties of this snack that use red bean paste as filling. 

Baozi comes in two types as dàbāo, which means big bun and xiǎobāo, referring to small buns. People of all ages enjoy these delicious buns as they are soft, with hints of moderate sweetness. This is best eaten with dipping sauces including vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and chilli paste.

Xiao long bao/Soup dumplings

Xiao long bao is a widely popular Chinese dish that has become available in many parts of the world because of its unique cooking and eating method. This steamed dumpling is filled with pork stock, chicken or cured ham packed with collagen. P

When cold, the filling solidifies and turns into a gelatinous lump. It is then wrapped in a delicate dumpling wrapper to hold the filling. Once the dumpling is steamed, the broth gelatin melts, giving you hot and tasty soup.

Zha jiang mian/Fried sauce noodles

Originating in Shandong province, this dish is made with freshly cooked and thick wheat noodles. It is combined with special zha jiang sauce made from fermented soybean paste and ground pork. What makes this dish interesting is that the sauce used to season the noodles vary depending on which province you visit.

Cong you bing/Scallion pancakes

Also known as green onion pancake, this is a staple food in many Chinese households. To make scallion pancakes, the unleavened flatbread uses batter instead of dough. It is then folded with minced scallions and oil and pan-fried to give it a crispy and flaky texture. 

Inside the pancake are numerous layers of flatbread that give it a chewy texture. This snack also comes in many varieties that use different fillings and flavours.

Basic etiquette you should know in Chinese restaurants

Basic etiquette you should know in Chinese restaurants

China dining culture is one of the most intriguing concepts in the world. With their systemic approach to things, Chinese people have a specific way through which they express their dining habits and tendencies. 

From their utensils to their table etiquettes, Chinese people have a special catering culture that appeals to people from different cultures. If you’re planning to eat at a Chinese restaurant, here are some of the table etiquettes you should know about!

Be wary of the seating arrangement 

In Chinese culture, the best seating position on the table is on the left side, east facing the gate, and the eldest will be seated in the middle. On the other side is where waiters and dishwashers will be seated. If you’re attending a buffet or a banquet, you should remember that all the elders should be seated first before you proceed to the table. 

Learn how to order the Chinese way 

One of the things you should know about when eating at a Chinese restaurant is that you order your food. If you’re the host, you need to ask other attendees opinions about the menu before you have it made. 

If you’re one of the guests, it’s best to stick with common dishes and sides before you order the main course. Remember that in Chinese dining culture, it looks respectable to other people at the table if you show that you have a restricted diet. 

Mind your soup 

In Chinese culture, one of the things you should be mindful of is your manner of sipping soup. It is considered rude if you sip your soup with a loud sound, so make sure you drink your soup quietly, especially when you’re dining with Chinese locals. 

Eat slowly 

When you’re dining in a Chinese restaurant, you have to be aware of your eating pace. Make sure that you don’t eat like you’re in a race because Chinese people will view this as rude behaviour at the table. 

If you want to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth 

If you feel like you want to sneeze or cough while you’re at a table, make sure that you cover your mouth and nose. Turn to the other side of the table to make sure that you don’t offend other people. Moreover, if you have an extreme cough and you’re dining with people, say ‘excuse me’ and go to the washroom to relieve yourself of the cough. 

Use your chopsticks properly 

In Chinese culture, you must know how to use your chopsticks. Be wary of how you use them because Chinese people are very particular about how a person uses chopsticks. Avoid stabbing your food on your plate using your chopsticks because this is deemed rude, especially at the dinner table.

Double Dragon: Best Foods for Chinese New Year!

Double Dragon: Best Foods for Chinese New Year!

Double Dragon: Best Foods for Chinese New Year!

Ni hao! As one of the best Cantonese cuisine spots in Canada, we enjoy serving you the best Chinese food on your plate. Our diverse menu will encourage you to try the best authentic Chinese dishes such as food sets, dishes and vegetables. 

Hungry? Grab your chopsticks, ready your chinese language as here are the top foods for the Chinese New Year. 

Dumpling

One of China’s lucky foods is dumplings. It is popular and enjoyed by people worldwide. In China, dumpling is not only treated as a staple food but also an important dish for various festivals in the Chinese New Year. The Chinese name for the dumping is jiaozi meaning “change of years”. The flavor of the dumpling is salty and can be cooked through boiling or steaming. Dumplings are symbols for wealth, that is why these foods are shaped like an ancient Chinese gold ingot. The Chinese put a twist on Chinese New Year with dumplings by putting lucky coins inside the food and playing a game where the guests have to find the dumplings with the lucky coins. It is said that those who will find these coins can get the best of luck in the new year.

Chinese New Year fish

The Chinese New Year Fishes are salty fishes that can be cooked through cooking or braising. Popularly known as “Yu” which means surplus and fortune. The name Yu is used in a Chinese speech  “Nian Nian You yu”, meaning “May you have surpluses and bountiful harvests every year”. 

Be careful, however, for this dish has rules when eating. The Chinese follow these rules lest they get unlucky in their daily lives. 

1. Don’t turn the fish over after eating one side, this means unlucky in Chinese Culture.

2. To respect the elders, the head of the fish should be placed toward the elders or distinguished guests.

3. As a symbol of completeness, the chinese people eat the middle part of the fish on New Year’s Eve and leave the head and tail until the next day.

Glutinous Rice Balls

Also known as Tangyuan and Yuanxiao (two types of the food), Glutinous Rice Balls are lucky food during the Yuanxiao Festival (Lantern Festival). In some places in Southern China, these rice balls are used as a Chinese New Year food. The dough of Tangyuan is made by glutinous rice powder with stuffings such as bean, paste, brown sugar, fruits, and nuts. It can be cooked through boiling. 

This food symbolizes completeness and family reunion with its round shape. The Glutinous Rice Balls have two types, the Tangyuan and Yuanxiao. The Tangyauan originated from South China while Yuanxiao in North China. The two foods differ in how they were made. The Tangyuan is made wrapped first, stuffed with the filling then kneaded into a ball while the Yuanxiao filling, on the other hand, is divided into small balls first, and then put into a sifter with flour.

Double Dragon: Exotic Chinese food to try

Double Dragon: Exotic Chinese food to try

Double Dragon: Exotic Chinese food to try

China is home to various exotic foods you can easily buy from local street vendors or high-end restaurants. Served in different styles and variations, these dishes embody the rich culture and unique cuisine of the country. Here are some exotic Chinese foods you shouldn’t miss on your next visit! 

Fried Bee Pupae

Bee pupae are usually used as an ingredient for various dishes sold in the Yunnan Province, Southeast Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town and other areas in Zhangjiajie because of their high level of protein and low-fat content.

Stinky tofu

True to its name, the smell of this popular snack can discourage visitors who wish to try this for the first time. However, many people enjoy this dish which can be found in almost any street in China, especially in its capital Beijing. 

Stinky tofu is traditionally prepared by letting the tofu sit in a brine solution for weeks or months. This process gives the food its stench which is often an indication that the dish has been prepared manually. Variations of this that are prepared in factories have a less intense smell.

Street vendors serve stinky tofu by deep-frying small cubes in vegetable oil and skewering them together. It is often eaten with soy sauce and chilli for a more flavourful taste.

Century egg

The distinct taste of century eggs is achieved by soaking them in a large container of lime, salt, strong black tea and ashes of freshly-burned wood. These are usually left for at least seven weeks up to five months to give the eggs the fusion of flavours of all ingredients. 

This method of egg preservation originated in rural China when a farmer found duck eggs soaked in muddy water. After being intrigued by the taste, he decided to replicate it using different ingredients. Since then, this technique has been practised by the locals for centuries and spread over to different parts of China and Southeast Asia.

Spinach noodles

This dish is a healthy snack that you can find in most cities in China, though it’s most popular in Xi’an. Spinach noodles are simply made from spinach but the taste is taken up a notch by the toppings of meat, eggs, vegetables and chilli. Many people like the versatility of this food since you can use a wide range of ingredients as toppings.

Bamboo rice

Originating from the Yao and Dai minority people in China, this dish is made by combining rice and pork in a bamboo tube and then cooked directly above a fire. The result is a simple yet fragrant and tasty dish. 

If you’re planning to try bamboo rice in China, visit the Guizhou, Guilin and Yuannan provinces to taste the authentic dishes prepared by the locals.

Fried ma shi

This is a simple dish made from vegetables and ‘ma shi’ or Shaanxi pasta. It came from Shaanxi province where it’s often cooked in large quantities for different social events because of its easy preparation. 

Despite the low cost of the ingredients, fried ma shi has a sweet and spicy flavour that is popular among family gatherings and celebrations.

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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