I went shopping for the ingredients on Saturday. The selection of ingredients was great being an early summer weekend.
An Dong Market and ABC Seafood
- pork bone daikon soup with clams 豬骨蛤蜊蘿蔔湯
- steamed pork belly with taro in red bean curd sauce 香芋扣肉
- thai hot and sour steamed grouper
- fresh young coconut refreshment or water melon
- thai basil pork with long beans
- stir fry of prawns, fish maw, pig stomach with celery, shitake, and black fungus
- oyster sauce beef with chinese broccoli (i skipped this dish as there were already plenty of food)
home roasted coffee - choice of espresso or cappuccino or chinese tea
i wanted the dinner to have a Thai theme so i serve with Thai street food services
As the afternoon worn on, the very unstable weather steadily improved. The thunderstorms brought much cooling air. By the time the guests arrived it was a very pleasant lower 70s.
I wanted to take photos of all the dishes. Unfortunately being the only host/cook I had a handful. Next time I will make a point of taking a photo before I bring the dish out to the guests.
daikon pork bone soup with fresh clams 豬骨蛤蜊蘿蔔湯 - this starts the dinner course
there must had been over one hundred pieces of service to be washed; i hand wash all the thai melamine bowls and all the cooking pots, pans, and woks
When I went shopping for the dinner party I set out to let the found ingredients determine the menu of dishes that I would prepare. Even when I was shopping I didn't think that hard on what dishes I would make. I only had a rough notion. To ensure I would have a well matched dishes I over-bought the ingredients to err on the safe side. I can always use up the excess for my own meals in the ensuring days.
a few photos of the preparation of steamed pork belly with taro in fermented bean curd sauce
steamed pork belly with taro in red bean curd sauce 香芋扣肉