Dragon Inn celebrates 40 years in food industry

2017-10-05 06:01
=Marlene and Vincent Wong started Dragon Inn 40 years ago. Insert: The first menu as published in 1977.

=Marlene and Vincent Wong started Dragon Inn 40 years ago. Insert: The first menu as published in 1977.

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Owing to their dedication, love for food and passion for their business and what they do, Marlene and Winston Wong this month celebrate Dragon Inn’s 40 years of being in the take-away food industry.

“It shows in our food, because it is made with love,” said Winston.

The couple started their Dragon Inn Chinese take-away business during September 1977 in Caledon Steet, Uitenhage.

During 2015, some 38 years later, they moved their business to 33 Union Avenue. It might be a bit smaller, but it is much more customer friendly with ample parking, the street is well lit and customers feel safer.

Winston said that although they will be celebrating 40 years in business, it definitely does not feel so long. He and Marlene both have a passion and love for their business.

“We are the only shop in town that specializes in Chinese dishes only,” said Winston.

He was at a young age taught by his mother how to cook. His father passed-away when Winston was only 7 years of age. Being the eldest of three children he often had to cook for the family as their mother attended to their shop.

“My mom came from a large family of 11 children. Most of them were excellent cooks, so that’s where I inherited my talent for cooking,” said Winston.

Eating - one of greatest joys

Eating is one of the great joys of life for Winston and Marlene.

“That is why I love making good food. And I personally find it very rewarding when I see someone enjoying our food.”

The couple work closely together with a practical and hands-on approach towards their business.

“We use only the best and fresh ingredients for our food and do not cut corners. We see that our food is of a high standard and quality.”

Winston each day makes his own noodles (chow mein). Marlene with her friendly personality, sees to the customers in front, and also takes take-away orders by phone.

In fact most of Dragon Inn’s customers place their orders by phone and they are ready by the time they arrive.

They run their business according to strict Christian principles.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their loyal support during our 40 years in business. Thank you also to our sponsors who so kindly contributed to this promotion page,” said Winston and Marlene.

Dragon Inn business hours: Mondays closed, Tuesdays to Thursdays 11:00 - 20:00, Fridays & Saturdays 10:30 - 20:30, Sundays 10:00 - 19:30.

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