By MICHELLE KLEINBERG The Washington TimesWASHINGTON — It’s not the best time to be Chinese-American in the Washington area, but that’s what many are doing as they celebrate a Chinese-inspired food delivery business that is opening in Washington.
The Duyeon Food Delivery Service in Southwest Washington, which has been in operation for about two years, was born in the Chinese city of Dandong, where the company has grown to about 100 people, according to a spokeswoman.
“It’s really a mix of people from all over China and people from different backgrounds,” said the company’s spokeswoman, Chuan Lin.
“There’s a mix here that’s diverse.”
The service offers a menu of a traditional Chinese dish of stir-fried pork belly, chicken and egg noodles, shrimp and pork shoulder with a variety of meats, vegetables and noodles.
The menu includes chicken, pork, fish and shrimp.
The service, which began offering delivery in August, has expanded to a full-service restaurant in Southeast Washington and now has a location in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood.
Customers can order the dishes, including chicken fried rice, pork and shrimp stir-fry, chicken chow mein and seafood noodle soup, by phone or by walking up to the front door and saying “I want chicken, seafood noodles and stir-fu,” Lin said.
Lin said she is also happy to be a part of the Asian American community.
“We’ve been able to show them that we are here for them and that we want them to know that we support them,” Lin told The Washington Time.
The company is partnering with the nonprofit Asian American Restaurant and Lodging Association, which operates a Chinese restaurant on its property.
“Duyeon is here to help bring Chinese-Americans and Asian Americans together, and to help promote their cultural identity,” said association spokeswoman Katie Lee.
The group said the delivery service provides a unique opportunity for customers to meet other Chinese- Americans in their communities.
“As Asian American communities continue to grow and diversify, it’s important to support Asian American businesses and individuals that are building their businesses and expanding their businesses,” Lee said.
“We believe Duyoon’s success will help to advance the diversity of Asian American restaurants and restaurants that serve Asian Americans in the future.”
Duyounese, which means “chinese” in Chinese, is a term of endearment in China.
It is often used to mean a friendly, friendly person who is very respectful of people of all races, ethnicities and nationalities.