The contemporary Chinese food we eat today is virtually unrecognizable from the recipes that the first Chinese immigrants in the 1800’s brought to our shore, as signature dishes have undergone a complete overhaul in order to appeal to western culinary sensibilities. Restaurants serving Dim Sum, however, may be the last vestiges of truly authentic Chinese food in North America. Offering a selective spread of Dim Sum dishes and contemporary Chinese food, Golden House Chinese Food Restaurant in Toronto take on Chinese cooking has made it a hit among locals and tourists alike.
Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber offinale, consumed as a spice, medicine or delicacy. Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean.
Onion is used as a vegetable and is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. This genus also contains several other species variously referred to as onions and cultivated for food.
The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. Onions are cultivated and used around the world. As a foodstuff they are usually served cooked, as a vegetable or part of a prepared savoury dish, but can also be eaten raw or used to make pickles or chutneys. Consumption is believed to benefit health in that onions contain phenolics and flavonoid.
Green onions are young shoots of bulb onions, and are milder tasting than large bulb onions. They have a small, not fully developed white bulb end with long green stalks. Both parts are edible.
These 3 powerful ingredients have the ability to enhance any dish.
Visit Golden House Chinese Food Restaurant, 1280 Yonge st, Toronto, Ontario as 70% of their menu items are made up of the above 3 ingredients.
Fusion cuisine is cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in innovations of many contemporary restaurant cuisines.
Asian fusion restaurants, which combine the various cuisines of different Asian countries, have become popular in many parts of the western world such as in the United States and United Kingdom.
One of my favourite past times is dining at Asian fusion restaurants. My experience of food is similar with others, but the difference between those and myself, is the fact my father by trade is a chef. He’s been inspiring and cooking since his early 20’s. I’ve grown to appreciate the art of cooking, combining ingredients, and the skills of cooking. I’ve become a foodie in that respect, so here are a few of my favourite dishes to cook up during your spare time.
Tucked away in Rosedale/Summerhill in Toronto, this western style Chinese restaurant has many great dishes. My all time favourite would be the Cantonese chow mein – hands down the portion sizes are large, the service is quick, the price is decent and it’s a family run restaurant making it very cozy.
Golden House has been around for 25 years in Toronto. This restaurant services to the corporate crowd during the weekday lunch hours and feeds the residential neighbourhood for take aways and deliveries.
Other chief suggestions and my recommendations:
BBQ sparerib, Crispy shrimp in salted chili pepper, general tao chicken (was there really a general?) and lastly shrimp with snowpeas.
Eating is a dominant aspect of Chinese culture, and in China, eating out is one of the most common ways to honour guests. Similar to Westerners, eating together in China is a way to socialize and deepen friendships.
Table etiquette is very important to Chinese people. In Chinese culture, using correct table manners is believed to bring “luck” while incorrect use will bring shame. Similarly, table etiquette indicates children’s educational status: holding chopsticks incorrectly leaves a bad impression and shames the parents, who have the responsibility of teaching them. In casual settings, and sometimes with the youth, many of these table manners go by the wayside. In formal settings, if you watch closely, these table manners become more apparent.
When we use the term ‘cheap eats’ and ‘Toronto’ – table etiquette does not apply.
In the 19th century, Chinese in San Francisco operated sophisticated and sometimes luxurious restaurants patronized mainly by Chinese, while restaurants in smaller towns served what their customers requested, ranging from pork chop sandwiches and apple pie to beans and eggs. These smaller restaurants developed Western Chinese cuisine when they modified their food to suit a more Western palate. First catering to miners and railroad workers, they established new eateries in towns where Chinese food was completely unknown, adapting local ingredients and catering to their customers’ tastes.
Stir frying, pan frying, and deep frying tend to be the most common Chinese cooking techniques used in Western Chinese cuisine, which are all easily done using a wok.
For the early raisers!
Go into your fridge and see what items you have. If you are anything like me, you’ll have cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, eggs, mushrooms, bread and other random ingredients.
Using most of those ingredients, an omelette would be a good start to anyone’s day.
For the individuals that enjoy to snooze in a little:
Hard boiled egg with gruyère and tarragon baguette
Use the entire hard boiled egg or go super healthy and just use the whites, cut them up in slices.
A piece of whole-grain baguette, sliced lengthwise
2 hard-boiled eggs
Thinly sliced Gruyère cheese
Few sprigs of fresh tarragon
A pinch of salt and pepper
Arrange the Gruyère on top of the sliced baguette, add sliced hard-boiled egg, and top with tarragon, salt, and pepper.
Add a light side to your lunch with tuna and celery sticks.
Tasty Tuna with Asian Flair
1 can tuna
1 1/2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 scallion, washed and chopped
Pepper to taste
Quick tips to whip up something so you can enjoy the rest of your day.
Hearty balance meal consist of carbs, veggies, protein and a beverage. Let’s cook a meal under 30 mins for dinner.
Quinoa salad with salmon:
First and foremost, you’ll need to pick up some quinoa
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 – 3/4 lemon, squeezed
1/4 cup (about 10) olives, pitted and sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/3 cup crumbled feta
salt and fresh pepper
Next you pan fry your salmon filet in a skillet using oil, salt and lemon.
Final product – bon appetit!
Late night snacking:
Black Bean dip with tortillas:
Purchase tortillas and cut them into triangles (pizza slices)
Lightly brush olive oil on each triangle
Put tortilla triangles into the oven to toast lightly
Black Bean Dip Ingredients:
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add olive oil and water if need be.
After 5 mins of blending and toasting tortillas, you can enjoy a healthy late night snack.