Peach Garden 桃苑 @ Orchid Country Club
Chinese new year comes early this year- just 3 weeks after Christmas. We had our annual reunion dinner on Mum’s side earlier than usual as well because Jie is flying off this Sunday. Definitely glad I did not miss this year’s reunion dinner as well as my CNY delicacies- pineapple tarts, love letters and kueh bangkit etc this time and eating much more to make up for what I missed out on last year having flown back earlier to Adelaide!
We went to Uncle’s club at OCC and enjoyed the Lunar New Year Set Menu @$68++ Per Person.
For starters which is tradition at all CNY reunion dinners, we had the yu sheng which according to Wiki, is a Teochew-style raw fish salad that usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. It is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor as all diners at the table will stand up and on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various “auspicious wishes” out loud.
Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng
Next up was the
Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Roe and Golden Mushroom. Still a common tradition at most Chinese dinners despite the growing protests from the West as sharks are going extinct.
Braised Cabbage, Duck Web with Dried Oyster and “Fa Cai” in Bean Pouch A Cantonese delicacy which I tried for the first time but not really a fan of. Felt a bit odd eating the duck web and the cartilage.
Steamed Fillet of Pa Ting Fish with Beancurd and Nonya Sauce was my favourite dish of the night. Loved the sour and spicy blend of the Nonya sauce which tasted a little like Assam sauce. The fish was smooth and fresh too.
Fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage was not too bad too. Portion was just right and the rice had the right texture to it. Mixed with pieces of Chinese sausage added the right amount of saltiness to it.
Baked Custard and Bean Paste Pastry tasted quite ordinary. Pastry was well done but the bean paste was too dry and too little.
Double-boiled Dried Longan and White Fungus with Glutinous Rice Ball was the sweet ending to the night and the meal. Something about eating tangyuan at a reunion dinner with the whole family makes the dinner complete.
Perhaps it was because no one was having their reunion dinner that early that the restaurant was relatively empty and quiet unlike usual Chinese restaurants that are more loud and boisterous especially with little kids running around. The waiters were also very attentive to us, serving tea and clearing our dishes at appropriate times. Overall, it was a great time spent with the whole family enjoying good food with great company.
Happy very early Lunar New Year everyone! :D
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Orchid Country Club Social Club House
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