When Kendall and Michelle tied the knot earlier this year, Sarah and I were not able to make the journey. The reason, it was across the pond. Not exactly, a weekend friendly trip if you know what I mean. And as much as Sarah knew it wasn’t feasible, I could see in her face that she was bummed to be missing this event. Lucky for Sarah, and everyone who’s still back here, Kendall and Michelle to decided to throw a party once they could make it to Canada.
My excitement hit another level when I found out we were heading to Golden Rice Bowl for the wedding meal. After all, a celebratory 10 course meal is no average midweek take-out. A small section of the restaurant was set aside, and with a seemingly full house around us, I’m glad the Golden Rice Bowl offers space for special events. They even have a section of movable walls that closed off the space, making it actually feel quite intimate. With our tables set and wedding gifts laid out; hats for the men, fans for the ladies. All we had to do was mingle and wait.
I hate to write rather basic descriptions for the supper, but I’m at a loss for the dishes actual names as I never saw a menu. Any help, or if I’m out to lunch, just let me know. Dish one was what I’d consider the cold cut platter, as it included slices of ham, beef, chopped chicken, surf clam, and jelly fish. All the items had their points of notice, with the surf clam being my favourite and the beef, which I found quite fatty, my least. Dish two was beef and cashews. The beef was tender, moist and left many, including myself at one point, wondering if this was actually pork. I’m told by fellow blogger and wedding guest, the fried greens were gai lan leaves. Dish three was the classic prawns with peaches and mayo. Not my favourite dish, I was happy to find the shrimp cooked well and the shrimp didn’t arrive with a thick layer of batter. Dish 4 was our soup course, and I though it was pretty good. As someone who rarely adds in red vinegar, I wonder what the norm is? There seemed to be a good portion of 1/2 full bowls placed back on the lazy susan, so I’m not sure it was a hit. Dish five was lobster on noodles, in a cream sauce. You might not believe this, but no one fought me for the lobster heads..in fact, I didn’t have to fight anyone for anything; even taking home an entire lobster worth of leftovers!
Dish six was fish, steamed whole and served with garlic, soy sauce and oil. I’m told it was tilapia, but for some reason I had my doubts. Regardless, it was really good! Being a lighter dish, I was surprised to see it looked over by almost ever diner at our table. Dish seven proved to be a big hit, and how could it not. BBQ chicken is hard to turn down, no matter who you are. I was too busy eating seafood at this point, but I found the few pieces of chicken I did have. to be quite good. Dish eight was mixed mushrooms on lettuce, with abalone. Hard to describe the dish, I liked the earthy feel and warm lettuce. Dish nine was mushrooms with wheat noodles. In all honesty, I was still chowing down on my cornucopia of seafood, so I have no recollection of my sampling. Sarah said it was quite good. Finally, dish 10, which ended up being red bean soup. Another miss if you looked at what was left on the table, but I devoured my bowl so fast that a fellow diner asked if I was a professional eater! What a meal.
Congratulations Kendall & Michelle. I wish you all the best and thank you for the party. Have a safe trip back.