[Sca-cooks] OT / OOP : Tentative Lunar New Year Menu

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 10:52:37 PST 2010

Sounds lovely.  My in-laws (Taiwanese) are taking us to Red Lobster!

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <
adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:

> Hullo, the list! As in some past years, we're trying to pay more attention
> to the cleaning and general organizational side of things for the Lunar New
> Year, and more attention to anyone that may be on the premises, so we're
> trying to balance the festive and opulent side against keeping the labor to
> a comparative minimum...
> So here's what I've got. Lots of familiar stuff from previous years, one or
> two new items:
>        Soup TBD -- leaning toward a plainish, clear but strong
> consomme-type broth of chicken, pork, and shrimp shells with herbs
>        Pan-Fried Fish (x2)
>        Steamed Chinese Sausages (multiples of 2)
>        Poached or salt-baked chicken (scallion and ginger oil dip)
>        Roast pig (purchased)
>        Shrimp (probably plain marinated and dry-stir-fried with ginger and
> scallion, possibly dry-fried with salt, five spice and chiles)
>        Plain blanched green veg TBD
>        Steamed Rice
>        Fruit
>        Steamed Chinese Sausages
>        Pan-Fried Fish -- may jazz up with sweet-and-sour pickled ginger
> sauce
>        Sliced Ham, Soy-Sauce Chicken, Abalone Phoenix (IOW, arranged on
> platter as a phoenix)
>        Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
>        Twice-Cooked Pork (sweet glaze, chili paste on side)
>        Five-Spice Beef (sneaking Lillét in as the secret coup de grace)
>        Beancurd "Duck"
>        Cold Bean Curd and preserved duck egg salad wrapped in lettuce
> leaves
>        Jai / Buddhist Delight  -- possibly rolled into spring rolls
>        Bacardi Barbecued Shrimp
>        Soup -- See above
>        Stuffed Black Mushrooms, pork and shrimp filling
>        Iron Steak with onion and mushrooms
>        Assorted Pickles - Shallot, Shrimp and Lotus, Baby Cucumber, etc.
>        Steamed Rice
>        Fruit
> As usual, there should be coffee, an assortment of Chinese teas, beer, some
> nice Gewurtztraminer, some Pouilly-Fuisse, a Shiraz, and discreet quantities
> of a Celtic grain-based medicinal tonic. And some of that nasty sweet bubbly
> stuff kids like... including Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla, if Certain Evil
> Spawn don't inhale it all within four seconds...
> Happy New Year (Tiger) to all!
> Adamantius
> "Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we
> all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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