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The big event…. the wedding!

The event that we have all been waiting for – the wedding! Baby bro was finally getting married to his beautiful wife. They found the date – auspicious date one year ago, and booked both the church and the reception straight away. They got married at the same place as ‘The Mother’ and I. St Peter Chanel in Hunters Hill and East Ocean for a traditional Chinese banquet. Thankfully it didn’t rain the whole day, they managed to squeeze in a photo shoot without the down pour, and got some wonderful shots!

It started at 9am, tea ceremony for both families. Since married, I am supposed to give red packets to those that are unmarried. Thankfully, now that F is married, I no longer have to give him any red packets for Chinese New Year! Sorry baby bro – that was the last, until you have kids, then it will be your kids that will be receiving the red packets.

The ceremony was gorgeous, it was the second time that ‘The Mother’ and I went to St Peter Chanel and it brought back many happy memories. I can’t believe that it has been three years since we last got married, it only seemed like yesterday that we were there, ‘The Mother’ waiting at the altar as I was about to enter.

F stood proud with his best man and groomsmen whilst he waited for his beautiful bride to enter the church. She was gorgeous, O was beautiful – I was so happy for him and welcomed my new sis-in-law in the family!

The reception was at East Ocean. I was MC-ing that evening, was a little nervous so poured myself a glass (or maybe two) of wine. The red wine went down smoothly, and before I knew it, I was relaxed, swaying and was ready to take on the dance floor! They had a beautiful Chinese banquet, ‘The Mother’ said to me ‘The food is surprisingly nice’ – as we were too busy mingling and taking photos that we didn’t have any at our own wedding. My cousin replied ‘well your wife isn’t enjoying it for the second time’ – which was true. I managed to eat bits and pieces but most of the stuff was rather lukewarm by the time I got to it. I didn’t realize MC-ing would be such a hard and stressful thing to do. But I have to say, I did have  a lot of fun, and had to return the favour!

The menu consisted of eight courses plus fried rice and noodles and desserts.

First: roasted suckling pig collation. You would think after eating that much suckling pig I would be sick of it? Alas NO! Who are you kidding? I LOVE suckling pig and this suckling pig was phenomenal. Crispy skin, tender and succulent meat, and the jelly fish was just perfect, soft, chewy and delightful.

Second: braised whole dried scallop with black moss. I had this cold as I was running around trying to sort photos and what not. The scallops were tender and succulent, ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed this, but unfortunately for me, it was a tad cold and I just picked at it.

Third: deep fried crab claw. When I saw this, I made sure I went to the table, I had to have this especially when it was hot! The crab claw was seriously awesome, lightly battered and deep fried, and the crab was juicy and succulent. This was awesomely good and one of my favourite dish.

Fourth: braised shark fin soup and shredded chicken and crab meat. The shark fin soup was tasty, bursting with flavours from the shredded chicken and crab meat. It was good, so good that ‘The Mother’ had FOUR BOWLS!!! Apparently there were spares, and since no one wanted them, he was more than happy to demolish each and every single bowl! Greedy?

Fifth: live lobster in superior broth. I am usually not a fan of eating lobster at restaurants, but when I saw a huge plate of it, how could I say no? Thankfully I got one of those ‘good’ pieces, where I didn’t have to use my hands and could just eat it straight away. The lobster was sensational! LOVE!

Sixth: Sliced abalone with sea cucumber. I LOVE sea cucumber and it has been a while since Mum made it. ‘The Mother’ ate the sliced abalone but didn’t want the sea cucumber so no guessing who ate it!

Seventh: Steamed live coral trout with ginger and shallot. This was incredibly tasty! The fish was fresh, and cooked to perfection. It was tender, and the ginger and shallot was a great complement. ‘The Mother’ loved this and if there were any spare, I am sure he would have eaten it.

Eighth: BBQ Crispy Pigeon. I was getting full by this stage and I usually love eating pigeon. Unfortunately, I could not eat anymore, so gave it to my cousin W. He loved it, he said that the pigeon was succulent and the skin deliciously crispy.

The next two courses I really didn’t eat. It was just too much. The special fried rice in lotus leaves and e-fu noodle in oyster sauce. I was incredibly full!

To be honest, I don’t remember seeing the sweet red bean and lotus seed soup! I was busy trying to catch up with family and friends that I really didn’t see the soup being served. Either that or someone must have eaten it!

The assorted Chinese cookies were a hit! There were two types, one being pineapple bread which I love (!!!!), and the other is coconut cookies which I thought was nice but nothing special.

Fruit platter of watermelon, orange and honey dew were fresh and refreshing.

Last but not least the wedding cake.

My cousin, R and her friend V, made our wedding cake. V also made my brothers cake and it’s a delicious chocolate cake, quite dense, not sickly sweet and simply mouth watering! The chocolate center was gooey, sticky and creamy, If only we had vanilla bean ice cream – that would definitely have been perfect!

We danced the night away, ‘da boys’ even sang I Swear together, it was definitely one unforgettable night!

Below is the Chinese character to ‘double happiness’. To my brother and sis-in-law – congratulations! To love, laughter and a happy after, may you both have a long a happy life filled with many children.

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

East Ocean Restaurant

421 Sussex Street

Haymarket, 2000

Ph: +61 2 9212 4198

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  1. December 4, 2010 at 12:35 am

    congrats to F on his nuptials! food looks yummy, as always… love a chinese banquet. and yes, who can say no to more suckling pig… sedap!

    • December 4, 2010 at 12:37 am

      thank you! ya – i love chinese banquet and suckling pig – but i think everyone knows that now! hahaha

  2. Frank
    December 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I loved the lobster, the pigeon, and the noodles went down well with all the wine i drank haha

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