Jade Villa


- Jade Villa Chinese Restaurant -

Authentic Chinese & Cantonese Cuisine - (757) 473-2228


Authentic Chinese

For many of us, our first introduction to Chinese food came through dining at a restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine. Because the original Chinese immigrants were mainly Cantonese coming to work on the railroads in the 1800's.

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When it comes to ingredients, fresh is best: An emphasis on preserving the natural flavor of the food is the hallmark of Cantonese cuisine. A Cantonese chef would consider it a culinary sin of the highest order to produce a dish that was overcooked or too heavily seasoned.

The Cantonese diet includes seafood, beef, chicken and pork. No Cantonese kitchen would be complete without a bottle of oyster sauce, made from boiling oysters and seasonings. Chinese fermented black beans and shrimp paste also figure prominently in Cantonese cooking. Hoisin sauce, made by mixing soybean paste with spices, is used as well. 

Steaming and stir-frying are the two primary Cantonese cooking techniques. Given the emphasis on freshness in Cantonese cuisine, it’s not surprising that steaming is popular, as this is the least intrusive cooking technique, and the healthiest. As for stir-frying, the Cantonese are the acknowledged experts. Cantonese cooks believe every stir-fry must exude a taste and aroma that comes from having “wok hay” or “wok breath.”  Besides stir-frying and steaming, Cantonese cuisine is also famous for its roast meats such as pork and duck. Beef with Oyster Sauce is a typical Cantonese dish, as are Fried Rice and Steamed Chicken. Steamed sea bass, and Lobster Cantonese are all well-known Cantonese dishes. Vegetable dishes reflect the wide variety and seasonality of what is available. Along with freshness and quality, artistic presentation of the food and garnishing are also very important in Cantonese cuisine.

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