Tonight’s dinner was a special one. My family and the Fongs piled up in the car to go to Koi Palace to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday. It was a pretty big affair with about 80 people in attendance. One of the guests said that she had read about this restaurant being one of the top ten Chinese restaurants in the nation. The crowds make me believe it, but the service was a little lacking. In the beginning of the night they were on top of everything, but then I think that they just got in over their heads. We were there early since it was on a Sunday, but as the rest of the restaurant started to fill up, the kitchen was having a hard time putting out the food in a timely manner. By the end of the night, people started leaving because they thought dinner was over and then the servers came out with bowls of longevity noodles. The dessert took even longer. They also shoved us in a tiny back room that I’m sure was a fire hazard. The dinner, however was a success. My Grandma looked very happy and we can’t wait to celebrate her 100th birthday.
The Fongs and I had actually had a similar suckling pig banquet dinner from the Dublin location Koi Palace. In that post I stated how the flavors were oddly not Chinese. We had a creamy tarragon lobster pasta dish that we all thought was a little strange. For my Grandma’s birthday dinner, we didn’t have the tarragon lobster, but we did have crab that had a Cajun-like seasoning. It was SO salty too. Did that stop me? No. I love crab and there were two big ones on our table that no one was eating except my Dad and Aunt. Earlier in the week when I was at Ranch 99 crabs were $11.99/lb, which is really expensive. I was trying my best not to let the crab got to waste, but had to stop after my lips starting getting pruney from the salt.
|Chinese charcuterie plate. 12 o'clock is seaweed salad, 2 o'clock is stir fried squid tentacles, 5 o'clock is roast duck, 7 o' clock is tofu skin stuffed with mushrooms, 11 o'clcok is char siu, and center is suckling pig.|
|Sauteed beef, bell pepper, and onions with a bird's nest decoration. I'm not sure what the bird's nest is made out of, but looks like fried noodles. This is kind of like a cornucopia of meat. The beef was super tender and very tasty.|
|Faux shark fin soup. They now call it "fish fin" soup, but since shark fin is illegal (for good reason) I knew that this wasn't real and was able to eat it.|
|Chinese sponge cake is my favorite cake in the world. You probably know by now that I don't care for sweets much. I had three large pieces of cake. This says "live a long life".|