Chinese New Year Dinner 2017, Year of the Rooster

"Kung Hay Fat Choy"! (Happy Chinese New Year) Today is Chinese New Year.  Almost every year we have family dinner in a restaurant.  In my previous posts on the same subject, I had already introduced to you the dishes that had lucky meanings and special presentations.  This year, we had ordered four different dishes that... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year Banquet – Year of the Horse, 2014 – Restaurant Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq3rTAXiNUQ Dear Readers and my Blogger friends: I wish you all a wonderful Year of the Horse!  As in the previous year, I have chosen the same restaurant to hold our Chinese New Year Celebration for our big family.  Three tables were ordered and everyone was very happy and satisfied.  The restaurant is: Mayflower Restaurant,... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year Banquet

Happy Year of the Snake! I wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a wonderful year of the Snake! I know some of you are really interested in Chinese (Cantonese) cuisine, particularly for those of you are living in an area where not too much Chinese food is offered.  Well, I am lucky to be... Continue Reading →

Chinese Banquet Menu

  These nine dishes are currently on the menu of a Chinese Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco Bay Area.  I had previously posted them one by one with some descriptions,.  I am re-posting these pictures today, just to test out how the new tiled galleries help to enhance the presentation. As I mentioned in the... Continue Reading →

Royal Peking Duck

When I was touring Beijing, China, of course I could not miss the famous Royal Peking Duck. Surprisingly, you can find a similar Peking Duck menu in many Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco. The one that we had last night was wonderful! It was served among a banquet menu in a high-end Chinese seafood restaurant.... Continue Reading →

Par-boiled Giant Surf Clams

This clam dish is on the summer menu of a famed seafood restaurant. Each patron is presented with an individual clam decorated with ginger and green onion, with soya sauce and oil. It looks and tastes very good! Try it when you come across a good Chinese seafood restaurant.

Longevity Peach Buns

The banquet will not be complete without desserts.  This banquet menu actually includes three desserts but I only feature this very special one here--"longevity peach buns".  Inside the buns are lotus paste.  The buns are in the shape of a peach, which represents longevity.   Usually, if requested, bigger restaurants will provide this special desserts... Continue Reading →

Butterfly Shrimps with Broccoli

The presentation of this dish is very beautiful, and the shrimps are also excellent in taste.  The back of each shrimp is cut open so that when it is fried, it will curl up like a butterfly.  That is why it is called "butterfly shrimp".   This is the last main dish that I would... Continue Reading →

Double-Boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup

This soup is a very famous Cantonese cuisine.  The inside of a winter melon is scooped empty to make an urn.  The inside is then filled with soup ingredients, such as herbs, ham, mushrooms, chicken, scallop etc.  The whole urn is double steamed for at least four hours and brought out to the dining table.... Continue Reading →

Baked Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion

I recently attended a banquet in a Chinese Seafood Restaurant.  The dishes were just delicious.  While I don't know how to prepare them, I would like to share with you how they look like so that the next time you go to a good Chinese Restaurant, you can order them and try them out.  As... Continue Reading →

Vegetables with Bean Curd Rolls and Ginkgo in Clear Soup

The second dish I would like to recommend to you is called "vegetables with bean curd rolls (or tofu skin)  and gingko in clear soup".  Clear soup here means chicken soup, like the canned chicken soup. The vegetables can be baby bak choy, or any other green vegetables.  Gingko is said to be very nutritious... Continue Reading →

Steamed Whole Fish (Fresh Cod)

Fresh fish here means "fresh from the tank".  You can find fresh fish swimming in the tank in some seafood restaurants. It is important that it is served "whole" with head and tail, to represent the meaning of "beginning and end".  Only real "fresh" fish tastes good when steamed, and it is very expensive in... Continue Reading →

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