My sister recently got married and wanted her rehearsal dinner at Cooking Papas in Foster City, California. It’s a chain with several restaurants in around the peninsula and South Bay Area (http://www.mycookingpapa.com/) and known for their Cantonese Chinese style meals. We went to try the menu first and then again for the main event.
On the trial run, our standard appetizer plate looked like this:
The soup we tried was a sour egg drop soup:
My parents wanted to try out the fried pepper dish as a lobster on the trial run:
So, at the rehearsal dinner, we got the same dish but with pork chops instead:
Next came the veggies. Trial run was broccoli with mushroom and sea cucumbers:
I love sea cucumbers – probably my favorite chinese delicacy and these were so tender and flavorful. But for a big party, where people may not be that privy to such adventurous items, my sister opted to get the dish as bok choy, fried tofu and mushrooms.
At the tasting dinner, we got my cousin’s favorite mayonnaise shrimp with walnuts:
And bean sprouts for my sister
And pork lettuce wraps:
At the tasting dinner, we got their roast chicken:
All good course meals end with a rice or noodle dish. At the tasting dinner, we had a curry rice:
Dessert featured was the chinese doughnut drenched in powdered sugar:
But come time, sitting with my parents, aunts, and uncles, our table got some mango sago (mango soup with tapioca) too!
Congrats to my sister and new bro in law! and thanks, Cooking Papa for a great meal!