- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2019
My fiance and I live in Taiwan (he’s Taiwanese; I’m American) and we’re having our wedding here. Our dinner will be a traditional Chinese wedding banquet, with some alterations/additions made for my Western friends and family who will come for the wedding. I love the local cuisine and am an adventurous eater, but I want to make sure there’s enough on the menu for pople not accustomed to authentic Chinese/Taiwanese food to enjoy. I’d really appreciate some opinions!
There is an alternate vegetarian option for every course served at vegetarian tables, since some members of my fiance’s family are vegetarian Buddhists. As far as I know, no one on my side is vegetarian. Also, all the courses come with white rice and a variety of complementary vegetables. Portions are quite small, as there are a LOT of courses!
Cocktail hour: A variety of dim-sum apps, including steamed dumplings, gyoza and spring rolls. Also, a raw bar with seafood/shellfish in place of the traditional abalone course.
First course: Diner’s choice of roast suckling pig with hoisin sauce (traditional dish) or cubed filet mignon with garlic and bok-choi
Second course: Diner’s choice of deep-fried stuffed crab claws with prawns (traditional dish) or sweet and sour chicken
Third course: Diner’s choice of scallops with asparagus (traditional dish) or tempura vegetables
Fourth course: Diner’s choice of seafood soup (traditional dish) or corn soup, both served under a pastry dome.
Fifth course: Diner’s choice of stir fried lobster with ginger and scallions (traditional dish) or steamed turbot in a mushroom broth (traditional dish)
Sixth course: Diner’s choice of crispy roast squab (traditional dish) or lettuce rolls with chicken and vegetables.
Seventh course: Lo Mei Fun – sticky rice with Chinese sausage, mushrooms, eggs, vegetables, and scallions (the traditional final dish)
Then we’ll have dessert, which we haven’t decided on yet.
Do you think most people would be okay with this menu? I don’t need everyone to love every course equally, but I do want to be sure everyone will be able to eat enough to be happy.
Thanks for your help!