Post # 1
I need some help. We’re in the works of talking with a venue (YAY!) and I want to get some things squared away before we commit to book. One of the things is making sure that we can change the Asian station to the way we want it. The sample they have is fine for the average American couple getting married wishing to have asian flair at their wedding. But being Chinese I want a menu that is a little more indicative of real Chinese Food. The caterers are American so it will be a little harder. But I have seen other menus from other caterers that are better than the one this caterer is giving me.
Anyway, do you girls have any suggestions for items that will be easily made for a stations style? It would be really great if we are able to included traditional Chinese Banquet menu items into it as well, like longetivity noodles etc.
Post # 3
Station style like buffet or action station?
For buffet, I’d definitely do dim sim options, but action, it might be something like a less-Americanized stir-fry wok station.
Post # 4
Actually, I would really love it if we could have a chef come in and work the wok. That would be awesome! I definitely plan to ask for that but I’m sure it won’t be cheap.
So I would say more buffet station styles…but not buffet. If that makes sense?
Post # 5
Totally makes sense! =) It’ll be a delicious reception!
Maybe some kind of carving station? I don’t know a traditional type of meat that is carved in Chinese cuisine, though? Hmm.
Post # 6
Peking Duck with all the fixings! Includes: Peking duck crispy skin/meat served with plum sauce, scallion wrapped in little ‘tortilla’ style pancakes. It’s not really traditional Chinese wedding food, but guests always love it. Also having a whole roast sucking pig carving station (traditional Chinese banquet food).
Post # 7
To incorporate the Chinese tradition into our wedding, we had the traditional Chinese banquet during the rehearsal dinner and left the actual Americanized reception the way it was on the day of the wedding. That way we didn’t have to endure additional charges for the day of the wedding.
Imagine the cost, time, and labor associated with bringing in additional food the day of the wedding? What if the food doesn’t arrive on time? What if it comes cold? And what if it doesn’t taste the way you want. I would keep it as simple as possible and just do the Chinese banquet the night before for the rehearsal dinner. That’s what my cousin also did in Hong Kong when she got married.
If of course cost isn’t an issue to you, I’d encourage you to get a menu at a traditional Chinese restaurant and use their dishes as a part of your wedding, which may include Peking duck, shark fin soup, cabbage with fried rice, sweet and sour pork, and beef and broccoli. I know that many Chinese restaurants that specialize in banquets generally have a list of items that they serve on the day of the wedding.
Have you also considered just having your reception at a Chinese restaurant? I’ve seen that done many times. It’s generally less costly (but may not be as appealing as some of the venues you’ve seen). I know that at our rehearsal dinner in total, it was only 1/4 the price of the food at our reception.
Let me know what you end up deciding. I’m curious. All I know is one of my co-workers used to work in catering and stated that he had a Chinese couple that got married that decided to bring in their own Chinese food (with a ten course meal) that cost $90,000, yikes! I think in total for our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and honeymoon, it cost us less than $15,000.
Post # 8
WOWZER! Hahaha no, unfortunately we will not be bringing in another caterer just for the Chinese food portion. I really do not want the Chinese Banquet. Do not. My family is completely OK with this. But I still want our reception to have better Chinese Food so I imagine the menu at best will be Asian Fusion. Just please no Chicken with Brocolli! OK. It’s not as bad as that.
I’ve been throwing around the idea of going to a nice Chinese restaurant or Korean BBQ (FI & I LOVE Korean BBQ) for our rehearsal dinner. And I think it’ll be nice for my side of the family because the wedding will be more american food so that they’re not eating american for both meals. But my concern is that FI’s father is a really picky eater and pretty much stops at steak & potatoe and Italian. A lot of times when we eat together and I cook Chinese we’ll throw a steak on the grill for him. But it seems kinda wrong to do that for the wedding rehearsal?
I’ve been looking at other Fusion Caterers to get ideas from their menus and menus of Asian Fusion restaurants. Most likely I will throw a couple suggestions our caterer’s way see what they respond with. That way I can see what they are comfortable with. I think most likely we will do 2 Asian Stations, 1 Steakhouse Station and the last one is a toss up (prob Italian or Tuscan Panini). For the most part the younger generation is fine to eat whatever but there are the older generation that I know complains ALL the time when they go to Americanized weddings. I know they’ll live w/o the Chinese food but I’ll like to provide it for my family! 🙂
Suggestions that I plan on making are:
Stir Fry Soba Noodles
Jap Chae (this might be pushing it!)
Roast Pork Loin w/a Gingery Soy Sauce
Crispy Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Wouldn’t Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches be great? They can be served cold. But probably too casual for a wedding. hahaah.
I wonder if I can get them to let me bring in Roast Duck & Chicken?? I can pre-order from a restaurant in Chinatown…
Post # 9
My cousin had Chinese pastries at the dessert station of his wedding.
I’d love to do Banh Mi & spring rolls! But, I would recommend the cold ones b/c they keep better.
Post # 10
Here’s a couple I was thinking of suggesting.I would say use chicken breast instead of whole chicken and no whiskey. Hehe.
Love the tropical flavor and ask without chicken.
For the cooks (Asian and non Asian!) among us. Does this look like something you can follow? I’d imagine if a regular cook who’s not familiar with Chinese cooking can follow then a caterer has got to be able to, right?
P.S. Peking Duck would be an additional $4pp. We’re trying to do swaps that won’t cost us extra. 🙁