Dragon View Chinese Cuisine 龍景軒
My friend Joyce got married this summer. She had her reception at Dragon View in Richmond. I was so happy for her, but also I was happy for me! I’ve never been to a traditional Chinese banquet before, and I was gearing up for a culinary adventure!
Every dish served at the wedding banquet has a special meaning (mostly wishes of happiness, longevity, or fertility for the couple). The number of courses is also significant. At a Chinese wedding banquet, eight dishes are usually served. In Chinese, the word “eight” sounds like “good luck”.
This was our menu at Dragon View:
- Sea cucumber, chicken and scallops with mushrooms
- Deep-fried shrimp meat
- Shark’s fin soup
- Lobster with ginger and green onion
- Crispy skin chicken
- Steamed whole fish
- Fried rice
- E-fu noodles with abalone sauce
- Almond cookies
- Red bean soup
Sea cucumber with vegetables – “sea cucumber” sounds like “”good heart” and this dish wishes the couple to be good and kind to one another.
Fish – “fish”” sounds like “plentiful” in Chinese. This dish is served to wish the newlyweds a life of abundance together.
Noodles – Noodles are served to symbolize a long life.
Sweet Red Bean Soup – lotus seeds are included in the soup to wish the new couple a hundred years together.
I loved how the menu its so carefully thought out. It’s such a lovely tradition. I can’t really comment on the food, because, I’ll be honest, this was the first time I ever tried most of them! One thing I’ll say: not a fan of sea cucumber.
The service was attentive and the servers were everywhere taking care of guests. It was a lovely experience, and I wished my friend a hundred years of joy by eating a healthy portion of noodles.