Warning: Put on your largest bib. Serious drooling may occur.
Look who’s here!
Recently, my half-sister Sylvia hosted a beautiful 9-course Chinese New Year’s dinner at her home in Oregon. You may remember my effulgent post detailing her escapades as gourmet chef to the stars (she’s a former caterer, cooking instructor, and personal chef to Barbra Streisand). She’s graciously agreed to share some of the mouthwatering dishes she served to usher in the Year of the Tiger.
Sylvia prepared several dishes, and the others were created by chef friends and family members — a lively group of 13 serious foodies who feasted for four solid hours!
It all began with lovely table decor in red and gold, colors symbolizing good luck in Chinese culture:
A local fishmonger provided some fresh red rock cod,
and Sylvia made some beautiful garnishes:
Then, of course, it was time to eat! What an unbelievably gorgeous feast for the eyes as well as the palate:
Vietnamese Garden Rolls (carrots, daikon, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, green onion). Served with two dipping sauces.
Chinese Westlake Soup (minced beef with tofu, cilantro, and green onions).
Eggplant stuffed with ground pork, served with spicy Xu-Xiang sauce.
Steamed Pork Rolls on a bed of baby bok choy.
Tea and Cinnamon Smoked Duck.
Steamed Whole Fish with pickled cucumber and red ginger garnishes, chopped peanuts, scallions, cilantro, sesame oil and soy sauce.
Isn’t the fish gorgeous? It’s one of Sylvia’s creations, along with the Steamed Pork Rolls. They also feasted on Tomato Curry Beef and Sylvia’s Man Yee Min Noodles (no pictures available, probably because they were too busy eating).
Hard to believe, but they even had room for dessert:
Meyer Lemon Tarts, and
Chocolate-dipped Cream Puffs.
Definitely a gourmand’s dream come true, and a great way to satisfy the hungry tiger within. Thanks for sharing your special dinner with us, Sylvia!
One more thing: will you adopt me?
Kung Hay Fat Choy, everyone!
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