There are many types of traditional Chinese cuisine varying by region, just as traditional Canadian food varies by region. Some traditional Chinese cuisines include Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan and Zhejiang. These styles vary from region to region due to differences in history, geography, lifestyle, and cooking techniques, to name only a few reasons. The best-known cuisines are Szechuan, Cantonese, Jiangsu and Shandong.
At Asia Restaurant, we serve dim sum, which translates to “touch your heart” — and it will indeed! Dim sum is composed of small and hearty dishes served in bite-sized portions, making it the perfect lunch meal. Foods enjoyed in dim sum are cooked by steaming, baking, frying or stewing, with these variations making your meal very diverse. Traditional dim sum houses can be confusing for first-timers, as you must call out your orders as carts of delicious fare make their way past your table. At Asia Restaurant, we simplify the dim sum process for you so that newcomers may enjoy dim sum more easily.
We also serve congee, a rice porridge popular in many Asian countries. Congee is made of rice softened in a pot or rice cooker and is often eaten as breakfast or late supper, or as a substitute for rice. It is a very easily digestible food.
You may also notice that we have fresh, live seafood on site. This type of seafood is a specialty of Chinese cuisine from provinces located on the nation's coasts. One such cuisine that employs a great deal of seafood is Cantonese cuisine, from the southern Guangdong province. You may never have experienced this type of seafood before, but you will quickly learn that it is the best! Fresh seafood requires only the lightest of seasonings to bring out its natural sweetness.