Any restaurants serving Chinese Banquet Cuisine Outside of China?
Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:47 PM
Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:26 PM
More of a problem outside China is getting the restaurant to serve the dishes banquet style. They seem to always want to serve dishes in a western way, rather than communally.
That said, I have attended banquets in London, but some years ago. They were comparable to banquets here in China.
However, to be honest, I think eating banquets in China is one of the worst ways to discover Chinese food. As I said, I am obliged to attend a lot. They are almost always repetitive, often unimpressive hotel catering, and are more concerned with appearance than taste and almost everyone is more concerned with getting drunk than actually eating. Banquets are not about high quality dining. Give me a small family run restaurant any time.
Half the time, after banquets,I have to stop off at the local noodle shop on the way home and just last week I heard two foreigners leave a banquet, one saying to the other "I'm starving. Let's go to McDonalds!"
Edited by liuzhou, 29 June 2012 - 11:27 PM.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:12 AM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:17 AM
As for the "getting drunk" aspect that Liuzhou refers to - IMO that depends. Certainly I have been to "banquets" in the past (someone's Tai Sang Yat", e.g.) where there was vast amounts of premium Johnny Walker being consumed - mixed with Fanta orange juice or Seven-Up (another favorite), of course. :-) In those cases there wasn't much appreciation for the subtleties of the whiskey and the provision of premium grades of firewater was largely a status symbol thing, except for a few folks who were appalled at the waste of good stuff. Heh.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:42 AM
I don't think Johnny Walker whiskey is consumed for quality...It's a show of "prosperity and the best" served for guests.