Post # 1
Hi Ladies! So as you probably gathered from the title, I’m Vietnamese and so is my fiance. Most Vietnamese weddings are really informal and the receptions are usually held at Chinese restaurants, I’ve always thought this was incredibly weird and kind of tacky so I’m having a casual ‘American style’ wedding. The huge issue with this is food. Food is a huge part of Vietnamese weddings and even though I’ve decided on a more Americanized wedding I still want to please my relatives and guests + I myself agree that food is a big part. Like I mentioned above most receptions are held at Chinese restaurants, if not they usually get catering from Chinese restaurants. I hate this idea, I don’t want lo mein and fried rice served at my wedding. I would LOVE Asian-Fusion cuisine but unfortunately I live in Nebraska where the pickings are scarce. Any ideas Ladies?
Post # 3
@missvyvy: I feel your pain. I’m from Laos, and I ended up having 2 weddings–an informal outdoor “American” wedding BBQ and a Buddhist blessing ceremony in a hotel on the following day. Honestly, it was the easiest way to accommodate both groups. The Asian side will be looking for the 5 courses and restaurant-quality meal, and it’s somewhat easier, especially if you have a big family. Out of towners and immediate family were invited to both.
If you’re going to have one big combined wedding, I would pick your two favorite Vietnamese dishes or the most neutral ones, like Bo Luc Lac and Caramelized Pork with Ginger, add some Goi salad, and have it as a separate section on your buffet. Do you have a good Vietnamese restaurant that could do a large takeout order? Worse come to worse, you could make the Goi beforehand and just dress it and add shrimp at the last minute. Bahn Cuon is also pretty good at room temperature.
Post # 4
@missvyvy: I had a Vietnamese-American wedding. Luckily, where I’m from, we have good options of Vietnamese reception halls where it isn’t tacky looking and the food looks appetizing. This was the menu we used. It’s the typical Vietnamese wedding food here.
Post # 5
Spring roll/egg roll appetizers!
like roast duck and the bread that comes with!
you can have the fruit tray at the end too!
Maybe do Vietnamese appetizers family style, r u doing plated or buffet?
Post # 6
@missvyvy: I also did not want my wedding reception at a Chinese restaurant (all my parents’ friends’ kids have done this, including my cousin). For mine, we found a caterer who could pretty much make almost anything, and anything deliciously. So we were able to pull together a mix of Western/Vietnamese foods. Here are just a few items that were served during cocktail hour and dinner.
- Banh Cuon (cut in half)
- Bacon-wrapped potatoes
- Lychee in Asian spoons with fruit sauces
- Cowboy Antipasto (basically charcuterie)
- Indonesian Chicken Sate with peanut sauce
- Asian Pork Loin
- Roast Chicken
- etc, inc polenta, quinoa salad, green salad, sauteed veggies
I’ve only received compliments on our food, even from my picky sister!
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I love Bo Luc Lac!
Post # 7
Since my fiance is not Vietnamese (non-Asian), I decided to serve a westernized meal (chicken or fish). We are also planning it out of state, so I’m just trying to simplify everything and have the venue do all the catering:)