Monday, April 18, 2005

grandfather's birthday dinner

(marinated sliced jelly fish, roast chicken, roast pork, marinated boiled sliced beef)
from grandfather's favorite restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.
we were the only group there that was not part of a wedding banquet--on that level there was a lion dance (which according to the family was NOT a traditional part of awedding party, but was probably provided to entertain the non-Chinese guests) and raucous toasts and karaoke from people who need some champagne to unleash their kids and i laughed because at one point we heard someone squawking like when we accidentally step on murphy's tail!
this is the only photo from 13 courses total, that i could take. so sorry. it was a table full of people (13 in our table), it took 3 hours from start to finish, and...i got too shy to take the camera out at each serving...(translation: too intent on eating.) by the time the birthday cake (Chinatown style, a sponge cake with cream and peaches as frosting, children's favorite) was served, we were stuffed like turkeys.
from start to finish:
appetizer meat platter
stir fried scallops (sent back, it tasted awful and was replaced by seafood in nest)
stir fried prawns
seafood soup
lobster with ginger and scallion
braised mustard and black mushroom
fried whole chicken
beef in oyster sauce
stir fried sliced chicken
whole steamed fish with scallions
yee mien birthday noodles with chives
yang chow fried rice
red bean sweet soup

husband and siblings thought it was "too much"...but to see grandpa's face so bright and smiley, i admonished husband to just enjoy the meal for his dad!