Monday, May 12, 2008

Chinese Take-Out Party: The Round Up!

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! I remember the horror of planning annual dinner parties at work...the sleepless nights, the nightmares, the anxiousness, 100001 tiny little details we couldn't afford to overlook, the VIPs whose name we should never EVER misspell/mispronounce, or just say goodbye to my job...the timing, the flow, all the last minute changes, the looming post-event "evaluation" meeting (i.e. the dooms day, where everybody point their fingers and toes (if it's possible, they would, believe me) at you, where you will be judged for all your mistakes, where big mistakes (of others) went unnoticed while (your) small mistakes are being blown out of proportion..hehe)...ARRRGGHHHH! I don't think even David Tutera could help us! LOL! Luckily, I am such a party animal, I still managed to enjoy the parties despite all the nightmares ^_*

But planning this Chinese Take-Out Party was totally different...the sleepless nights were still there...but for totally different reasons, because I was just toooo excited (yes, I always get over-excited about anything)!!

When the idea first came into my head, I practically rolled around my whole 4 ft-tiny double bed kicking away my pillows, blankets, beloved bolster was even on the floor! I was sooo close to get my butt off the bed to write down all the bursting ideas, but hey! Why do today what we can postpone until tomorrow? LOL!

Anyway I am sure you guys got the idea of how excited I was...and it got even more exciting when I started receiving your entries...from so many different places, full of brilliant and creative ideas, all personalised and customised, yet so united! I'd like to thank everyone for participating with great dishes, I always said how I wish this party isn't a virtual one :)

So...I am beyond pleased to present today's Chinese Take-Out Menu, by you, from you, & for you!
(Pardon my cheesy-ness, pleeze..)


In Hong Kong, we love set meals..a set meal normall consists of a main with rice/noodles, which comes with a choice of soup and/or a standard drink, add HK$2 to upgrade to an iced drink :)
Below "chefs" created not only set meals, some are actually qualified to be a set menu for a banquet! Enjoy!

Set Meal A
Chicken Bakmoy from Kedai Hamburg
Retno created this delightful Indonesian-Chinese set of shrimp balls, stir fried chicken, boiled eggs in chicken soup, comes with steamed rice, shrimp crackers, and sambal petis

Set Meal B
The Greek Gwei-Lo Goes Chinese Set from Kalofagas
This gwei-lo surely knows his way around Chinese food :), he created this wholesome set of ginger chicken, stir fried bok choy and the set comes with a serving of yummy fried rice! An absolute indulgence, this set will surely make you forget even your hardest day at work! ;)

Set Meal C
Asian Inspired Wraps with Sesame Slaw from Canary Girl
Super creative Nikki came up with this Asian style pork loin roast with rice in tortilla wrap! The Sesame slaw and Steamed/fried dumplings on the side completed the set. Mexican? Asian? Can't decide? Try this set :)

Set Meal D
Dinner for Friends from Kits Chow
...if you have a whole table of hungry guests, this is the set for you:
- Pan fried pot stickers & samosas
- Watercress soup in rich chicken stock
- Grilled chicken in Thai sweet chilli sauce
- Grilled pork
- Beef braised in chou hou sauce
- Stir fried shrimps with ginger and scallion
- Stir fried asparagus, fresh bamboo shoots and baby corn
- Stir fried baby bok choy
- Pina colada milk pudding
Don't we all wish we're KC's friends and live around her area? ;)

Set Meal E
Taiwanese Rice Set from Teczcape - An escape to food
Tigerfish introduced us to this typical Taiwanese Rice Set. I totally understand how it could make even the best of us stay out of the kitchen and order in :)

Set Meal F
Spam & Pineapple Fried Rice with Pork & Chive Dumplings from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy
The saltiness of spam, the sweetness of pineapple, & the different texture of vegetables...pretty much everything we're looking for in a bowl, eh? If that's not enough, the set comes with a serving of tasty fried dumplings. Now legs up on the ottoman, fingers on the TV remote your favorite drama with this meal :)

Hong Kong coffee shops normally serve snacks/lighter meals in the afternoon, for tea time, which is very popular amongst office dwellers (i.e. in an event where: you lost a bet/got promoted/completed a major project/closed a big deal, treat your whole team "tea-time") or you could order these as a side dish/appetizer

8801. Kimchee Potstickers from My Life is Yummy
These Korean inspired potstickers from Lina are perfect to start a meal! Look at those gorgeously browned bottoms (not mine hehe)!

8802. Wonton from Resto Mariena
Mariena brought that missing thing from your noodle plate,...wontons! Crispy or soupy? You decide!

8803. Steamed/Fried Dumplings from Canary Girl
Dip these babies into the tasty sauce Nikki created, sweet soy, regular soy, & rice vinegar, yum!

The following chefs showed us how tofu and vegetables could be so tasty (apart from deep frying it ala Mochachocolata-Rita LOL)

8805. Mun Tahu(Mun Tofu) from Food is Love
Sefa introduced this Indonesian Chinese version of comfort food, which transported my mind straight home to Indonesia

8806. Chinese 5 Spice Baked Tofu from Chow Vegan
Chef Chow came up with this innovative baked tofu dish, a must try!

8807. Fish Fragrant Eggplants from Burnt Mouth
This classic eggplant dish by Zlamushka is bursting with flavors: salty, sweet, sour and spicy all in one!

8808. String Beans and Tofu with Thai Peanut Butter Sauce from Food Blogga
Susan introduced this healthy and flavorful dish! You will love the combination of different textures and when she asked "Do you tofu?" I am sure you'll say you do too! :)

8837. Tofu & Broccoli in Garlic Sauce from The Hungry Fox
The creamy peanut butter, the Sauvignon Blanc and the red pepper flakes made Chef Debbie's tofu dish so special

There are a few different versions of Kung Pao Chicken on our menu, which shows how popular is Kung Pao chicken out there. Funny thing is...either it is not as popular here in Hong Kong or is it just me? Throughout my 6 yr stay in Hong Kong, I have yet encountered a friend/relative/co-worker/stranger ordering Kung Pao Chicken...
Satisfy your craving with our selection of meat dishes below :)

8809. Kung Pao Chicken from A Cat in the Kitchen
Dagmar personalised the dish by combining two different versions of Kung Pao chicken, classic Sichuan and American :)

8810. Twice Cooked Pork from Stuff I Cook for My Husband
Erica brought this rich and tasty dish of lean pork, and I am holding on to her promise to make a version of this one by cooking pork belly in its own fat ;)

8811. Szechuan Chicken with Vegetable from Let's Mess up the Kitchen
Sheila added vegetables to make this spicy chicken dish wholesome

8812. Kung Pao Chicken from The Adventure of My Cooking Diary
This is a tasty dish no man could say no to...including chef Dwiana's husband :)

8813. Pineapple Sesame Chicken from Palachinka
Marija created this sweet, tangy, crispy and nutty goodness! You can never stop after just a bite :)

8813. Stir Fry Chinese Chicken & Veggies from Baking Blondie
Jessy experienced fresh ginger power for the first time (hihihi) while creating this dish...and the chilli flakes added the extra ummppphh!! Psstt...she also created another exciting treat to conclude our meal

8814. Sweet & Sour Belly Pork from Rainbows
Sweet Jasmine added potatoes and used skinned pork belly (means we get to bite into succulent meat pieces without the excess fat) for this popular Chinese sweet and sour dish

8815. Chinese Chicken in Oyster Sauce from Dari Dapur Saya
Simple, tasty, healthy and wholesome is this chicken dish by Elsye. You can't go wrong with oyster sauce and chicken :)

8816. Honey Lemon Chicken from My Kitchen Snippets
The average, bland, oily and MSG laden lemon chicken is everything Gertrude's Honey Lemon Chicken is NOT

8817. Chicken with Lemon Sauce from Greedy Gourmet
Michelle prepared a healthy version of lemon chicken, with a twist (of dry sherry and lime cordial ^_*)

8818. Tamed Kung Pao Chicken from the Cook Mobile
Lalaine tamed the fiery Kung Pao Chicken and added zucchini and water chestnut pieces for the extra crunch :)
In Hong Kong, when we order our seafood from a big restaurant, we always ask this question "This fish you have...they are swimming (i.e. alive/fresh)?" I was baffled by a straight forward answer of a restaurant's waiter: "It used to". We asked further "Where did it come from?" and expected an answer such as Norwegia/Japan/etc...but we got "the market". We asked no further LOL!

8819. Foo Yung Hai from Flower in My Kitchen
Ayin brought me down the memory lane again by bringing another classic Indonesian Chinese dish of Foo Yung Hai (crab meat omelette with tomato sauce)

8820. Stir Fry of Shrimp & Bok Choy with Fermented Black Beans from Once Upon A Feast
For those who has not tried fermented black beans...bite into these juicy, succulent shrimps and experience it

8821. Sweet and Sour Fish from Beachloverkitchen
The use of fish instead of pork is a great alternative. If you're not up to the whole fish with bones, heads and could go for boneless fish fillets instead :)

8822. Buddhist (mock) Shrimp Dim Sum from Feeding Maybelle
This dish is vegetarian friendly and it was perfect for yesterday's Buddha's birthday celebration! Hands down to Maybelle's mom who created the faux shrimp meat

8823. Not So Sizzling Japanese Tofu from More than Words
You will definitely enjoy the crisp and silky soft texture of these tofu dish from Daphne, combined with shrimps, meat and mushrooms to a perfection ;)

8836. Curry Shrimp Ssäm ~ Lettuce Wrap from Taste Memory
A wonderful symphony of Indian and Korean flavors in a bundle! I fell hopelessly in love at first bite (errr...sight?) ^_^'

Some of us might view fried rice and noodles as "side dishes". However, in our daily diet here...they are pretty much the big shot actress/actor in a starring role of the meal :)
Try our dishes below and please be warned that you might be high on rice/noodles afterwards, do not attempt to clear a stage of the latest video game, or you might end up frustrated :p

8824. Pea & Egg Fried Rice from Greedy Gourmet
This gently flavored fried rice would be the ideal pair for any abovementioned dishes

8825. Fried Rice & Fishy Luncheon from Daily Affairs
Singairishgirl's intriguing fish luncheon fried rice is a must try!

8826. Fried Rice with Egg Roll from Little Corner of Mine
A Chinese menu is incomplete without an egg roll/spring roll. Ching brought us just the thing, with her tasty fried rice

8827. Chilli Chicken with Cashew over Scallion Rice from Once Upon A Feast
What's not to like about this dish...the tasty chicken, the nutty cashew, the fragrant scallion rice...everything's to die for!

8828. Singapore Rice Noodles from Notes from My Food Diary
This curry flavored rice noodle dish brought to you by Eliza is one of Hong Kong's most popular Chinese Take-Out dish...which is probably NOT originated from Singapore *_^

8829. House Special Chow Fun from Coconut & Lime
Rachel shared our fear of greasy & vegetable lacking take-outs, and she created this well balanced fried rice noodle dish, with a touch of tiger lily buds

8830. Italian-Style Roast Pork "Lo-Mein" from Champaign Taste
What happens when Lo-Mein go Italian? Yumminess, that's what happened!
Try Lisa's Italianized Lo-Mein! Simply creative!

8831. Egg Noodle with Hoisin Chicken from Mindy's Deli
Mindy cured her longing for Indonesia's tasty Chinese dishes by putting together this fried egg dish. The rich flavor of chicken liver pieces and the dash of white wine made it extra special!

8832. Chicken Chow Mein from Laws of the Kitchen
Cakelaw puts an end to ghostly grey take-out chow mein. She upgraded the standard Australian Chinese restaurant's pale & glutinous chicken chow mein into this vibrant and tasty version!

8833. Indo-China Chow Mein from Mochachocolata-Rita
...and...this is from Indonesianized fried noodles with extra blings of lean pork and shrimps ;)


8834. Sweet Peanut Soup from Gift from the Kitchen
Rita brought us something sweet to conclude our meal, the Chinese influenced Indonesian dessert of Wedang Kacang (sweet peanut soup), served with Chinese fried doughnuts

8835. Fortune Cookies from Baking Blondie
...and...the content of Jess' personalised messages in her homemade fortune cookies will surely crack you up!

The lucky draw winner will be announced.....tomorrow! He-he-he please don't hate me...T_T... or hate me more...that might help with the winning I think *grin*

Dialing 8888-8888...

Is this Golden Snow Chinese Restaurant? I wanna order everything from Set Meal A through to dish number 8835. STAT!...and please get that sizzling hot topless guy to deliver it for me? Oh...he comes with Set Meal F? PERFECT!

Now...let us slip into something more comfortable for the party, shall we? ^_* Opppssss...


daphne said...

Beautiful round up! That is quite a banquet!!

Dagmar said...

What a lovely round up. I wish I could try all beautiful dishes!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh myyyy gawwwdddd. I am starving now. ***running to the store to buy ingredients for some of these dishes!!!***

Beautiful round-up, Rita!! Thank you so much for your hard work. You've done a wonderful job. :D

sefa firdaus said...

wow!!!! what a great round-up! this is the great party ever Rita :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, Rita. Maybe you should come and do my SnackShots Muffin roundup for me because I'm only halfway with that post so far and I have less entries than you! Well done.

Ruth Daniels said...

What an abso-positively awesome feast!

Thanks so much for thinking this one up and putting it all together.

Great job.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rita, What a great party! Makes me hungry just looking at it.

I have given you an award, which you can find here:

Marija said...

Great roundup! So many great recipes to try.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

What a magnificent feast you have rounded-up, Rita! These may be the most mouth-watering photos of Chinese take-out I have seen! Now, I so have to order some of these for tonight's dinner.

Lady Batya said...

wakakakakakaka........bagus banget deh acara nya n susunan menu nya.
Buruan ya Rita...nggak sabar nih pengen tau apakah aku bakal sedih atau bahagia besok.

Peter M said...

Rita, what a successful food event, an array of dishes and ye, truly a banquet!

I wish I had you as a guide through the endless choices of Chinese and Asian cuisine here in Toronto.

I look forward to doing it again!

Unknown said...

well done, Rita! *clapping hands* all dishes look so yummy.

A.G said...

menune kompli plit... congrats say ur event sangat amat sukses ;)

Lisa said...

Wowie! What a feast! So many beautiful dishes. Thank you for having this party. Now where's that waiter?!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Holy Moly! What a fabulous roundup! I'm drooling all over my keyboard and it's only 8:00 in the morning! Everything looks so delicious!

Ben said...

Wow that is a gorgeous roundup. How in heavens did I miss the deadline? Oh yeah my trip :( It was such a huge success that you must do it again (pleassssse!) so I can participate :-p

SIG said...

Wow, what a feast. And I don't mind the delivery guy either. ;P

tigerfish said...

I would like to take-out one of each :P ..can?

Great job in the round up!

Anonymous said...

What a great party! So many wonderful dishes! Thanks so much for putting it on! :-)

Elle said...

Everything looks amazing!!! I'm so sorry I missed this one...promise me you'll have another?

Mama Mia said...

what a wonderful party hostess you are! Great round up! horray!

Sweet Jasmine said...

A wonderful round up to a great feast.....

Lia said...

sorry RIta kali ini ga bisa ikutan acaramu, beberapa waktu lalu bete bs ga bisa dibuka padahal aku dah bikin noodles chowmean :(

sukses ya acaranya "ga sabar liat hasilnya" :D

zlamushka said...

what a wonderful feast. I would give out anything to be at that table right now :-)

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Nice! Everything looks so yummy!

Rita Sella said...

plok...plok....well done girl !....

RecipeGirl said...

What a terrific bunch of contributors! I meant to participate and just couldn't get it together. Next time!

KC said...

Fabulous roundup, Rita! That was fun!

Dwiana P said...

Rita....I don't mind at all come to your party. Full of delish food, NOW... I am so hungry!!!
I will not hate you if I am not lucky enough for lucky draw but I may stop coming to your blog LOL LOL

Anonymous said...

Fantastic round up!. You have collected meal ideas good for a month!

test it comm said...

Great roundup! There are a lot of tasty looking and inspiring dishes!

Elsye said...

ritaaaa....great party dear..:D..all foods look yummy...:P and the round-up absolutely beautifull...:D

now i'm waiting for lucky draw...qiqiqiqiiqi.....

ICook4Fun said...

What a beautiful spread of take-out food :) I am getting hungry now. Good job Rita. Hope we can do this again :)

Anonymous said...

quite stunning, eh girl? everything looks, i didn't your own dish, did i overlook?

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! What a great party! I wish I could have added something.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh!!! We're so sad that we didn't get to bring anything to the celebration!
So we'll just mooch off everyones delicious meals here! A bite here, a bite there and ....we're so stuffed! Thanks for the great event! When is the next one?

taste memory said...


everything looks stunning!

thanks for the invite & glad I made it in time w. my indian & korean concoction ;-P

Great party ~ just don't know which to try first YUMMMM

Salt N Turmeric said...

Congrats Rita for the success! Im salivating just by looking at the pics. Wish i cud joined tho.

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a delicious round up! Well done!

Laura Paterson said...

Wow - gorgeous round up!

Have bookmarked the whole page to return to!

Thistlemoon said...

This is quite a round up! Yummy! Everything looks great! What a fantabulous event! :)

Pixie said...

I'm truly sorry I missed out on this but at the same time I'm so pleased that you did this event! Shall bookmark this page and come back time and time again to try out some of these fab dishes.

Thanks for hosting.

PG said...

What a great roundup. So many of those submissions would be starred in my favourite list.

ServesYouRight said...

OMG - what a fun theme and amazing round-up!