Chinese Wedding Banquets

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Dear friends, πŸ˜€

Today, my husband’s nephew got married! πŸ˜€ For the Chinese, weddings and the birth of a baby are considered the most auspicious occasions in one’s life. It is a ceremony that is usually steeped in traditions and customs but in this modern age, most weddings have been much simplified in ceremony but one thing remains the same throughout the generations ===> a lavish meal for guests and relatives. After the wedding ceremony, there is usually a lunch followed by a dinner served by the bridegroom’s family.

However, this month is the Chinese lunar 8th month, a month that is traditionally as a very auspicious month to get married in and most restaurants are fully booked for wedding dinners. As such, this nephew has to hold a wedding lunch banquet instead of dinner. πŸ˜€

So, after attending the wedding ceremony at the nephew’s home, we proceeded to a restaurant located in one of the golf clubs in town, for a lavish 9-course sit down meal. Wow, this meant that I have been feasting from 1pm until 3 pm πŸ™„ πŸ˜† because the dishes are served one at a time at about 15-20 minutes intervals. This was what we had at the wedding lunch :-

1) Pearl Five Hot and Cold Combination (deep fried prawns, jellyfish salad, stirfried kung pao squid, fish rolls, crabmeat balls)

2) Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Roe

3) Fried Tiger Prawns with Butter

4) Steamed Mandarin Fish with Soy Sauce

5) Sesame Crispy Roasted Chicken

6) Sauteed 3-Type Mushrooms with Dried Scallops

7) Steamed Yam & Rice in Lotus Leaf

8 ) Sea Coconut, Jelly & Lemon Sweet Drink Dessert

9) Shanghai Pancake filled with Lotus Paste, Cendol Coconut Jelly

We are so stuffed full by the time the wedding lunch ended…we are all thinking that we are going to skip dinner tonight! πŸ˜† It is not usual for us to eat this much for lunch indeed!! πŸ™„ πŸ˜† There was no pork served because this restaurant is a “halal” one, i.e. Muslims can have their meals there. πŸ˜‰

Oh I almost forgot to tell you …. Here is another funny story. Laughing

This morning, my family and I were going to nephew’s house which was located in a new housing estate in the suburbs of KL to attend his wedding. We have only been to his house once last time but it was another nephew that brought us there due to the complicated route to their house.

Despite having some instructions on how to go there, we got lost. Rolling Eyes Even as I was calling my other nephew again on my cellphone, I was worried there as I didn’t even know how to tell him where we were because we were so lost. Embarassed Rolling Eyes

Then a strange and funny thing happened – we were stopped at a T-junction when suddenly we saw a wedding car procession whizzed by right in front of us!! Laughing Laughing It was our nephew and his bride!! We were saved! Laughing Laughing All we needed to do then was to follow the wedding car procession. Easy! Very Happy

My husband and children were all laughing so hard because of the sheer luck of it all. In my heart, I thanked the Pi Yao (a feng shui placement) in our car for coming to our rescue! Laughing Cool Cool

Much peace and laughter to all,

choesf Laughing

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good morning, dearest sister, πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your wonderful wishes – this nephew is the last in his family to get married, and now they are all looking towards my family and waiting for one of my children to get married so that we can invite them next to our wedding banquet! πŸ˜† πŸ™„

    For these Chinese wedding banquets, they can be held at restaurants and hotels, and they can range from US$200 per table to US$600 per table (where the food gets more exotic and delicious as they cost more :roll) , can be an informal affair or a black-tie affair. Some will have entertainment, but most don’t. This month there will be many wedidngs to attend for many Chinese – it being an auspicious lunar 8th month! πŸ˜€

    Have a good rest today!

    Much love and many hugs,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    do they serve wulong/oolong tea at Chinese weddings? I read on one of the tea sites, http://www.wulongforlife.com, that its great for your health and its Chinese so I was just curious if they serve it at their weddings or if it has traditional purpose or whatever.

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear Chinese Tea for you πŸ˜€

    There are many types of Chinese teas that are good for our health, and Wu Long is one of them. At Chinese weddings, Chinese tea is served and it can be any type of tea. Usually, Ti Kuan Yin is a favourite.

    Cheers,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    Shanny said,

    Hi there!

    Found your blog by sheer accident! πŸ™‚ Anyways, I hope that you DID NOT EAT THAT SHARK FIN SOUP! Its really full of mercury and other deadly toxins as our seas are polluted and so is the sea food esp sharks, tuna (certain types) and sail fish. BTW, did you know that sharks now are endangered because of our “tradditional” Chinese eating habit? I hope that you can educate others on this subject.

    For more info about shark please visit http://www.sharkwater.com/

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Shanny πŸ˜€

    Thank you for the information on shark fins. My family do not eat sharkfin anymore because of the inhumanity of killing sharks just for their fins. However, if the sharksfin soup is served at wedding banquets, then we will eat it because then it si considered impolite to reject the food offered to us as guests of the bride and bridegroom – here, I take it that the onus is on them not to include sharksfin soup in the wedding banquet menu.

    Have a nice day!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    Ken said,

    Hi

    the picture looks great even though that’s from 3 years ago. I am searching for a venue for wedding dinner. Would u let me know where is this place and what it’s called? Or any good suggestion?

    Thank you,
    Ken

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Ken πŸ˜€

      I’m afraid I don’t remember where the photo was taken. 😳 My friend recently got married and they held an informal buffet dinner at Sun & Surf Restaurant…we had lots of fun because it was a buffet style lavish dinner instead of a sit-down course by course dinner (which is actually quite tedious if there are many weddings to attend in a popular month). Now my eldest daughter said when she gets married, she wants to have her wedding dinner at Sun & Surf, too. πŸ˜†

      Good Luck and Congratulations on your wedding! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  7. 8

    An cool blog post there mate . Thank you for that !

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