Sophie and Kevin Lu, China Dragon owners
You’ll Find All the Classics and More at this Friendly Restaurant in North Morro Bay
Excerpts from Article by Katy Budge, Courtesy of San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Location —"China Dragon isn’t on a main drag, but the food and hospitality of Kevin and Sophie Lu make it worth discovering."
The Menu —"Among the specialties here are the delicately sweet Honey Walnut Prawn, the zesty Orange Chicken, and the Sizzling Black Pepper Beef. In addition, there’s everything from Sweet and Sour Pork to Szechuan Pork, from Curry Chicken to Sesame Chicken, from Hunan Spicy Beef to Mongolian Beef.
... and there are plenty of dishes on the China Dragon menu to appeal to [vegetarians] ... Moo Shi Vegetable, Szechuan Eggplant, and Vegetable Egg Foo Young."
The Ingredients —"What you won’t find at China Dragon are MSG and lot of sugar ... the Lus shop for their family and the restaurant at the Thursday Morro Bay Farmers Market so you’re apt to find some seasonal veggies in all of the dishes."
The Preparation —"Kevin learned his trade cooking at his own restaurant in Taipei, so his approach is traditional and his tastes authentic. He explained that he prefers to build layers of flavors with ingredients such as fruit juices — his sweet and sour sauce is based on orange juice and tomato uice, for example — and his deep-fried items are deftly done so that they’re not oil-soaked."
The Hospitality —“We’re really trying to listen to our customers,” said Sophie, “and we’re having fun educating them on real Chinese food ... because everything is cooked to order, special dietary requests can be easily accommodated, whether you’re trying to have less sodium (not always an easy task in a Chinese restaurant) or if you’re just trying to eat less meat. ..."