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More Traditions

Last night, I got invited to attend the annual banquet of the Lum Sai Ho Tong society. You can read more about them here: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/8307/lum%20sai%20ho%20tong.pdf?sequence=1

It was their 123rd banquet. Long time ya? The dinner started out as with many official Chinese gathering, with speeches and recognition of politicians and other special guests. The officers also paid respects to a Chinese “saint” I’m not familiar with (it was too noisy, I couldn’t hear all of the information). How are the saint the the society connected? I dunno.

Paying Respects

Supposedly, the saint watches over water voyages, especially in the southern part of China.

Highlights of the dinner.

Cold Platter

My favorite? the boned pig feet (upper left corner). Chewy, crunchy, tasty.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Deep-fry shrimp? I’m there. The candied walnuts added extra texture.

Braised Lettuce, Mushrooms, and Abalone

Super old school. I remember this small-kid time. Haven’t had this dish in a long time.  The price of abalone and dried mushrooms have sky-rocketed since then. The society must be doing okay financially.

Deep-fried (there we go again with the deep-frying), mochi dough filled with sweet red bean.

These were just a sampling of the dishes we were served. I didn’t get to take pictures of some of the dishes before the other guests scarfed them. No worries, I think I got the gist of the dinner.

Thanks for the invite A & V. Grand time.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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