By Jennifer 8. Lee | November 13, 2007
I attended with my friends Nolan and Mike. Most of it was in Chinese, so it was like “white noise” (or “yellow noise” as one of them put it) to their ears but very enjoyable in that random ethnic way.
One of the more interesting aspects is what do you serve at a Chinese banquet at a Western hotel? This is has been a concern for many of my Chinese American friends who want to get married yet serve Chinese food. Some things worked better than others… So first. They had random baskets of lettuce on the baquet tables. Not salad. No dressing. No croutons. Just …lettuce. No one ate it. And in the end, the servers just took them away.
Then they had this weird hybrid of where the dishes were served family style, but were plated like a Western individual serving (note the cauliflower, the brown sauce was vaguely Hoisinish). See beef below, and also similar things with asparagus (not a common Chinese vegetable)
Then they had dumplings, which made everyone happy, from Wei Chuan. And fried rice and a steamed fish dish (in pieces, no eyeballs or bones here).
In the end they took a huge group photo of all the winners.
So the special event awarded the Top 100 restaurants in 10 categories — overall excellence, regional cuisine, take-out, buffets, best value, signature dish, rising stars, nutrition-friendly menus, asian fusion and metro favorites — which really makes it the top 1,000 restaurants (minus any duplicates). But who’s counting?
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