Post # 1
This is my first post on Weddingbee… I figure if I could get advice from anyone, this would be the site to get it from! My fiance’ and I are getting married on October 27th and we’re having major problems coming up with a menu. He is 1/4 Filipino, 3/4 Dutch, but pretty much Dutch, or better yet, just all American white boy. I’m 100% Laotian, but don’t really follow any traditions. My mother is a great cook. She offered to cook everything for the wedding, which would save us alot of money. We’re having a buffet style dinner and some of the foods are well known Asian types of food, ie: eggrolls, chicken satay, fried rice, however there will be some more traditional Laotian food as well.
My fiance’ mentioned that some of the guests on his side aren’t familiar with Asian food in general and suggested that we also have “American food” for those guests. I have no idea what that means and I’m not sure he does either. Not only do I not know what types of food we should include, I also don’t know how to combine it on the buffet table. I don’t want to have to segregate the items, but I don’t want it to look odd combined. I’ve had major headaches over this dilemma. Hoping someone has some suggestions?
Post # 3
@phitsamai: I guess it depends on how ‘ethnic’ those foods are. Chicken satay, eggrolls and fried rice seem pretty common as far as Americanized Asian foods go. I would imagine that your American family-to-be would have Asian cuisine one time or another? I would just be careful of certain ingredients that are more of an… acquired taste. For example, in my culture (Chinese), eating organ meats is completely normal (and not to mention delicious!) but I know some of my fiance’s side of the family would be horrified if we served it. Also, perhaps you can look up some fusion places online, and see how they combine flavors, or even some restaurants near you?
Post # 4
I’m Lao tooooooo! High 5!!!!
I would suggest to your mom that you incorporate simple, but traditional dishes that would appeal to most: laap, Lao sausage, and papaya salad with sticky rice. You could round it out with fried rice, some roast chicken different kinds of cheo, and salads… A little for everyone!
Post # 5
Welcome to the Hive! I’m having a fusion of both cultures for wedding/reception as well. I’m not doing buffet though. But for you it should be super easy because you are. Have your mom make the Asian food for the buffet. Then just cater the American food. You should have 2 buffet stations. There’s nothing wrong with that. Plus, if you have 2 stations instead of being on the same table, then people aren’t waiting long to eat. The lines won’t be too long for food.
I’ve been to many weddings where they had many different buffet stations designated for different cultures. It’s also fun to have choices for food.
The American food probably can consist of some sort of salad, butter and rolls, a meat entree choice and vegetarian entree choice (if you have any vegetarian guests). Plus a veg side like mashed potatoes or asparagus or something. Hopefully that kind of helps, only problem with this is, it will cost you more money to cater the American food. Good luck!
Post # 6
Thanks for your input, gals! We’re only scratching the surface… I picture a lot of long, sleepless nights worrying about all the minute details!
Post # 7
we dont know what our menu is yet.. but we asked the reception hall if we can bring kimchee and mondu in… they said yes as long as its from a licensed caterer… so we are good….(they wanted to make it for us.-that will never happen.lol my family makes the best and its a good thing they have resturants to prove it. lol) we will probably have chicken and beef with veggies and fruits .
ask your fi want his favorite foods and see if your mom can make them. good luck
Post # 8
Welcome to the Bee!
Just a few tips for feeding people who might find asian cooking intimidating:
– make sure you have at least one meat dish which is not sweet and/or sour (meaning no fruits, coconut milk, tamarind etc. in the meat) and possibly not too spicy (it is always good to have a not spicy option, regardless of cuisine)
– a nice salad from “traditional” vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber… you get my drift 😉 with a choice of dressings (light vinaigrette, fresh yogurt one…, serve in small pitchers) is also a sure bet
– don’t forget to offer a “safe” sweet option too – brownies, cupcakes or bundt cakes are great for DIY weddings