Red Dragon, a family affair at Coffs Central
RED Dragon is the latest lunch venue to join the rapidly expanding selection of food outlets at Coffs Central's new Food Terrace.
Husband and wife duo Tony and Kim Wu, and Kim's brother Zhao Qing Liang, are the principals behind Red Dragon, which offers a broad selection of takeaway Chinese food.
The trio are making dragons a family affair, having taken over Coffs Harbour's Dragon Restaurant on the Pacific Highway in June 2012.
Qing is also retaining his Oriental Kitchen restaurant at Urunga, which he has owned for almost 10 years.
Red Dragon offers special fixed-price takeaway meal deals, where customers can add a variety of different dishes to a base of rice or noodles for a fast, reasonably-priced and well-rounded meal to eat on the spot or take home.
Every day gives a choice of different dishes, but a typical selection would be Mongolian lamb, curry prawn, beef with black beans sauce, sweet and sour pork, honey chicken, vegetables with chicken, fried rice and savoury noodles.
Prices start from $6.90 for one choice with rice or noodles. You can have rice or noodles with three choices on a plate for $8.90.
Rice or noodles plus two choices and a drink costs just $10.
Red Dragon also has a separate menu which allows you to order a range of dishes cooked to your requirements and then pick up at a time that suits you. These special-order meals cost only $3 more than those available from the ready-cooked selection.
Business people can pick up dinner as they leave work and have it on the table as soon as they arrive home.
Tony and Kim have recently moved both their business and home to Coffs Harbour from Bellingen, where they operated a restaurant for 20 years, a business now taken over by a cousin. Qing also lives in Coffs Harbour.
While all three were born in China, their family has a 40-year history on the North Coast, with Kim's family based at Ballina, where the first family member, an aunt, decided to settle. Tony also left China to join family members in Australia.
Kim and Tony have three boys, aged 19, 16 and 12, with the younger boys studying at a Coffs Harbour high school and the eldest studying computer science at Bathurst University.
Qing has a 21-year-old daughter undertaking Indonesian studies at Sydney University and a 15-year-old son in high school with his cousins.
"Most people in this area know about us," Kim said,
"Lots of Bellingen people have come in to say hello. "
While their busy business and family lives leave little time for recreation, Kim, Tony and Qing's favourite spare time activity is tending their gardens, especially their vegetable gardens.
Red Dragon opens seven days a week and can be contacted on 6652 8878.
BUSY KITCHEN: Kim and Tony Wu (front), Zhao Qing Liang (behind counter) and their staff keep the dishes coming at the new Red Dragon Chinese takeaway.