A few weeks ago, I attended the wedding of a good friend. He asked me to take pictures of the food, since he knows I’ve shared past wedding dinners on this blog, and I was happy to oblige. The reception was a delicious 11 course traditional Chinese banquet (plus cake!).
Believe it or not, this is actually the first Chinese wedding banquet Mr. K and I have attended together (excluding our own). All the other weddings we’ve attended where a Chinese banquet was a possibility, the couple chose to have an American-style reception. So Mr. K was particularly excited, having fallen in love with Chinese wedding banquets after experiencing it at our wedding.
The wedding ceremony took place at Wayfarers Chapel, a glass church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Overlooking the ocean, it was the perfect backdrop for a lovely wedding and made for great photos.
The reception was held at Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant.
I only wish the lighting had been better to properly capture all the amazing food.
Course 1: Roasted Suckling Pig and Marinated Jellyfish Salad
This was one of my favorites. I loved the thin and crispy roasted pork skin and the marinated jellyfish had a delightful crunch and snap to it.
Course 2: Deep Fried Crab Claws
Course 3: Red Flower Clam and Shrimp
Funny tidbit, our table was quite intrigued by the red flower clam (紅花蚌), which had a very unique texture unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were curious as to what we were eating. At one point, a guest from another table came over and asked us what was in the dish and none of us knew. He then made the observation that he had just asked three tables of food bloggers what the item was and no one knew. For shame!
I was finally able to figure it out by looking at a menu and with a little help translating from my mom. I still am not sure what a red flower clam is. This is just the literal translation of the Chinese words, I’m guessing it has a different English official name.
Course 4: Crab and Bird’s Nest Soup
Course 5: Braised Abalone and Sea Cucumber
Course 6: Peking Duck
Course 7: Baked Lobster
By this time, everyone was getting quite full. There was quite a generous amount of lobster in this dish but our group barely touched it.
Course 8: Steamed Whole Fish
Course 9: Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice
Course 10: Fried Mochi and Lotus Paste with Salted Egg Yolk Pastries
Course 11: Almond Soup with Black Sesame Rice Balls
This was a favorite amongst our table and a perfect way to end the night. Sweet rice balls is a traditional wedding banquet dish but I’ve never had it with a sweet almond soup before.
And after all that, there was still wedding cake!
They had three flavors: taro, fruit, and chestnut. Our table got the fruit filled cake. I loved how spongy and light this cake was.
We had so much fun and left extremely full. I love attending weddings and it’s so much better when you’re celebrating the love of two people you really care about.
Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant
500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA 91754