Alright, so I still have a lot of wedding posts to share, but I just got my photos back from my photographer and so let’s get to the part I was most excited for, the wedding banquet!
I knew I wanted to show all the wedding food on my blog and made sure to tell every photographer I met with that they would have to photo the food for me. I had no idea what sort of photos I wanted, poses, etc, but I knew I wanted food photos. I think the photographers thought I was a little nuts.
For our reception, we did a traditional Chinese wedding banquet. It’s something I’ve wanted since I was a kid. Surprisingly, my parents didn’t insist on it and even suggested I just do a catered American style wedding reception, but I balked at the idea. Yes I’ve been to some delicious American style wedding receptions, but nothing has really ever matched up to the elaborate Chinese wedding banquet (except for maybe the Indian Wedding Feast I went to two years ago.)
In Chinese culture, the lavish wedding banquet is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The idea is if you throw a large celebration, the bride and groom will also be prosperous in their life together. The dinner consists of multiple courses (in the US it’s usually around 9 or 10, in Taiwan it’s around 12). Expensive ingredients are used, with an emphasis on seafood. Each dish chosen also has symbolic meaning too (though some of that has gotten lost in the US and not all of the traditional dishes are served).
Since we were having our wedding in San Diego, we had limited options. We ended up choosing Pearl Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo. You may remember I paid a visit to Pearl for the first time last year. Yup, it was to scope out the venue for our reception. I adored the beautiful park outside and the restaurant was big enough for our needs.
Our menu consisted of 10 courses total, with 8 main courses because 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Most dishes represent a dragon/phoenix (Ying/Yang) theme. In a marriage, the dragon symbolizes the male role while the phoenix symbolizes the female role.
BBQ Cold Plate Appetizer
The appetizer was a combination cold plate of various meats and jellyfish that are arranged to represent the dragon and the phoenix, to symbolize the union of two creatures.
Stuffed Crab Claws
These were humongous. I’m not sure if you can tell that from the picture, but each stuffed claw was close to twice the size of a golf ball.
Seafood soup contains expensive ingredients, to signify the future prosperity of the marriage. (No, shark fin was not served.)
I tested out a new breakfast egg cup variation this weekend. I’ve had this one in my head for a while but had no potatoes around.The egg sits in a bird nest of potato hash. I thought they came out pretty cute.
I bought frozen potato hash from the grocery store, the kind that isn’t already formed into patties, basically thinly cut raw potatoes. They need a while to cook for them to crisp up. Once they do, you can put the egg in the middle.
Recently I was given complimentary boxes of two new Triscuit products: Parmesan Garlic Triscuit Thin Crisps and Triscuit Minis. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a big fan of Triscuits. Triscuits and me, we go way back and and share a history.
It’s a story I probably won’t ever tell but if you meet one of my good friends, R, he’ll be sure to embarrass me with the tale.
Anyway, back to the Triscuits.
Triscuit Minis. Aren’t they adorable?
They are basically the original cracker, but miniaturized. I’m a pretty visual person when it comes to food and I like certain things just because of how they look. (For example, baby goldfish are way better than the regular ones. Also, I only like getting colored mochi in my yogurt even though I know the white ones taste the same.) So even though these didn’t have any fancy seasoning, I liked them because they are mini. The mini ones also are great for packing them for a snack, adding them to some snack mix, salads, etc.
Triscuit Thin Crisps
Triscuit Thin Crisps are thinner than regular triscuits, shaped in triangles, and come in really appealing flavors. I had already previously tried the chile pepper and was a fan, and I liked the parmesan garlic even more. The flavors and crunchiness make these taste more like chips than like crackers and it makes them really addicting. Really addicting. The I-ate-half-the-box-in-one-sitting kind of addicting. Oops.
Both products are currently available nationwide, so you may want to look for them on your next shopping trip. I personally preferred the Thin Crisps a little more, mainly because they remind me of Doritos and chips.