Each year, we celebrate Chinese New Year by hosting a Reunion dinner for both family and friends.
As we usually have between 20-35 guests, dinner is served buffet style. I like my guests to have a wide selection so I serve between 12-15 dishes including appetisers and desserts.
Most of the desserts are made by my girlfriends as I tend to run out of time and frankly, am not enamoured with the artistry of baking.
Chinese cuisine takes a lot of preparation in terms of marinating the meats and slicing and dicing veggies and stuff. Total prep and cooking time for this dinner took me 18 hours.
Some may find this stressful but it’s cheap therapy for me and feeding people makes me happy.
Here’s the menu.
Starting off with a clean kitchen workbench
Chop & Marinate chicken wings
Chicken satay sticks (70 sticks) – Make satay marinade, dice chicken and skewer.
Make Five spice pork mixture and mashed potato
Make Spring roll mixture – shredded carrot, mushroom, beans, yam bean
On the day
12 hours to go
Wrap spring rolls
Prep vegetables – broccoli florets, snow peas & shredded cabbage
Prep bee hoon veggies – choy sum, mushrooms, beans
Prep Yu Shang veggies – cucumber, carrot, daikon & grapefruit
Make Chinese cabbage salad – Chinese cabbage, celery, cucumber, capsicum, spring onion
Prep Fish curry veggies, ladyfingers, cut brinjal, onion
Boil ribs. Marinade at least 6 hours.
Fry Cooked cabbage with anchovies
4 hours to go
Fry bee hoon – bean sprouts, beans, choy sum, carrots & shitake
Cube beef. Make rendang paste & pressure cook
2 hours to go
Boil pork belly, prick & season. Dry skin. Put in oven.
Cook plain rice (5 cups)
Roast chicken wings
Grill spare ribs in turbo broiler
Slice Salmon & plate up Yu Shang
1 hour to go
Deep fry spring rolls & croquettes
Grill satay sticks
Make fish curry
Stir fry Broccoli, snow peas and scallops
The completed pics
Five spice pork croquette
Fish prosperity platter
Cooked cabbage with anchovies
Vegetarian bee hoon
Roast pork belly
Chicken winglets – crumbed & baked
Broccoli, snow peas and scallops
Spicy Pork ribs
Sticky date pudding