GOLDEN DRAGON NEWS AND VIEWS (3)
Welcome to the latest thrilling installment of the Golden Dragon News Blog.
This page is for our posts about significant events which have happened - or which are about to happen in the life of the Golden Dragon. (Higher number pages are the most recent...)
Like we've said ... often ... at some point we're still intending to include Facebook posts and Tweets and a chance for you to feed back your views and comments - but this website is already keeping us very busy, so we haven't started our Facebook and Twitter presence yet! One day...
One reason we're a bit overburdened at the moment is that we've been databasing our new menu (more below) and adding it to the site. But we've been adding other things too!
Anyone who knows us will know that we appreciate a good joke, particularly if its contemporary and features something related to Truro, Home/International Politics or Chinese food. So we've been keeping an eye open for Chinese-relevant humour and have started a stream that we call "Wokery." Flip the "W" on it's head and you'll see why!
Normally you can can this in the left sidebar area, but there was one from the American Conservative Daily News web newspaper that was too big to fit. So we've putting it here (above) until we find another home for it! It's a slightly irreverent Republican dig at "Obama-Care..." ;-)
OUR NEW MENU HAS LANDED!
Yes, finally, we've got the long-touted new menus from the printers and we are using them! We amended and approved our new menus in early September (that's why the gold flash at the front says "Sept 2012",) but what with longer than expected print and delivery times, and delays due to suppliers not having some of the ingredients of our new dishes in stock, we only got to switch our tills and databases over to the new dishes on Monday November 12th!
We'll be dropping them through letter-boxes soon, but if you can't wait, then you can usually pick one up from the Golden Dragon between 12 noon and 11pm - or grab one as you pick up your next order.
You can also view or download scanned copies of the menu on this website. Or there's our web database version, which has various viewing options - including some with representative pictures and brief descriptions of each sub-category. See our Menu Quickstart Guide for more details.
Because our regular customers are familiar with the locations of the various food categories - and to save on design costs - we have stuck largely to the previous format (the gold Sept 2102 lozenze on the front is your best clue to it being the new version,) but we have used the empty space on the old menus to add over 60 dishes not found on the old menu.
Not all of the "new dishes" on the printed menu are new to the Golden Dragon. We already had many of them on this website, but we've printed them for those people who prefer paper to browsers.
In compensation - for our net-savvy customers - we've added many (haven't counted them, sorry, but dozens anyway!) genuinely "new to the Golden Dragon" dishes on our website database. Items not on the printed menu are on a pale blue background, so look out for those if you like to try new tastes and flavours.
In particular, we have vastly increased our choice of "On Rice,"Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Chow Mei Fun (Rice Vermicelli) and "On Noodle" dishes in response to customers who told us that they sometimes wanted a smaller portion - particularly for lunch. These include additional spicy "Singapore" style dishes and also a new range of Satay Chow Meins. We will printing up menus to put in our shop window in the coming weeks, but at the moment, these can only be found on this website.
To overcome any confusion about the new menus, we'll also be adding a "menu FAQ" at some point - once we know what questions we're being asked frequently! But, as a start, we've already written up two obvious questions below.
Isn't a new menu just an excuse to put prices up?
The Golden Dragon's prices have previously remained static since we opened in 2009, despite inflation running at over 6% per year, which have been reflected in the premium meats, seafood, fresh vegetables, imported spices and other raw ingredients that we buy. This has squeezed our profit margins to unsustainable levels, so inevitably the majority of our prices have had to increase.
The good news is that we decided to "share the pain" and only increase prices by an average figure of 5-8% - so effectively we're still losing 50% against inflation compared to when we opened. We have set our prices so that almost all of them are lower than other Chinese Takeaways in the area. Add that to the higher quality of our food and we're still by far the most outstanding value in town.
The even better news is that by no means all prices have increased. Our popular Special on Fried Rice and Special Chow Mein dishes, for example, have both been price-pegged - so you can still enjoy them for a fiver, the same as 3 years ago! We've reviewed all prices on a case by case basis. This means that a few dishes, like our Mushroom Omelette and Chips have even gone down in price! There are also a few that we reckoned were wrongly costed, or the ingredients of which have rised disproportionally which have increased above average, however.
Nov. 15th. 2012
TRURO: CITY OF LIGHTS 2012
To relieve the winter gloom, the good people of Truro and many of the villages and communities around the city put on another spectacular City of Lights parade, on 14th. November. Fortunately it was one of the few dry days of the year, so those carrying lanterns and the glowing translucent wicker figures had a more comfortable time of it.
The theme this year was "Kings and Queens," although of course the figures' designers often took this with a large pinch of salt, so besides Queen Victoria, two Henry VIII's (one with the head of one of his unfortunate consorts!) and Neptune we also had some more fantastic figures like ice-kings, and a couple that looked like crosses between heads and octopuses!
The level of creativity was of a high order, with a friendly stilt-walker (above) who shook hands with kids in the crowd and the Henry VIII (below) from our good friends from Probus bringing especially loud cheers from the crowd that packed themselves several rows deep along the whole route from the Truro Bowl to Lemon Quay piazza. The large and stately Queen Victoria also had great presence as she progressed through the crowds, waving - but steadfastly "not amused." There was also the impressive Queen-Insect which headed the procession with her samba dancers. Not sure what insect exactly since Richard was still fiddling with camera settings at that stage and missed her!
Although we are focusing on the visuals here, we would also like to offer a warm word of praise to all the musicians who drummed, warbled, trumpeted and bagpiped their way through the streets to make the parade a raucously festive musical smörgåsbord!
Having somehow managed to miss the festival for the previous five years (!) Golden Dragon's Richard managed to slip away from the reception desk for an hour or so, down through the Leats to the Royal Cornwall Museum area, to get a few snaps. Despite his small camera and challenging lighting conditions, he managed to get a small flavour of the festival. You can see 21 more photos in the Golden Dragon Community Gallery.
Richard then scurried back to help serve the throngs as the parade ended and people returned to their cars - only to find that the bias of people were preferring to end this very English festival with a paper full of very English fish and chips!
Despite this lamentable lapse in judgement which caused a great deal of sadness to GD's Spring Rolls and Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, who were seen crying in their beansprouts and batter, we were of course delighted to see the people of mid-Cornwall enjoying themselves in these hard economic times. Our hats are off to all the people who participated, especially the young people from the schools and colleges - all of whom gave their time and energy to give us all a wonderful and memorable evening.
Nov. 15th. 2012
LUNCH MENU FAQs
The last menu came with a lunch-menu sheet. Where is that now?
There isn't one! The Special Lunch Menu we introduced in March 2012 didn't seem to be needed, judging by the fact that most customers continued to order their lunch from the regular menu anyway! So to make space on our EPOS till for our new Autumn 2012 dishes, we decided to discontinue the Special Lunch items.
Instead, we have increased our range of "Meals-In-One" offerings, so that people who want something lighter than a main dish with a side order of rice, noodles or chips now have more alternatives.
"Meals In One" are mostly "On Rice," "On Chow Mein" or "On Rice Vermicelli" dishes, or Fried Rice/Noodle dishes, which offer a complete and substantial meal in a single 650ml container.
These make excellent lunch-boxes, but are also available throughout the day - so if you have a favorite you can have it whenever you come in to visit us, rather than just at certain times.
We have also increased our range of Set Meals for One, which also make nice lunches. At the moment our expanded range of Set Meals - we've also expanded the choices for two and more people - are only publicised on this website, but we'll also be putting them in our window soon!
Nov. 15th. 2012
We put this on the blog last April, but actually they are nice night-time pictures of GD so it's worth reprising them now that we are back into the time where it gets dark at 5 o'clock. They were originally taken on a wet night (picture 1) so to spruce them up we gave them a kind of painterly look.
By Autson Web Design
Nov. 15th. 2012