So, a guy where my wife works got married in May. Tonight he had his celebration dinner. I was thinking it would be a small thing. A get together of a few friends and office colleagues. I thought wrong.
This celebration was held at the Furama Hotel in Chinatown here in Singapore. They really went all out. There was music. There were slideshows. There were speeches, toasts, and tributes. It was a lot of fun! There was wine, beer, soda and tea, with free refills even. The food was definitely great.
The food was served in a large serving platter in the center of the table and everyone at the table helped themselves to a portion. I was impressed with how fast they managed to change out the dishes and keep the food coming considering how many tables there were in the banquet hall.
The meal came as 8 courses:
Furama Cold Dish Combination
Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crabmeat
Steamed Live Prawns With Chinese Herbs
Braised Black Mushrooms With Sea Cucumbers and Broccoli
Steamed Live Tiger Garoupa In Hong Kong Style
Deep-Fried Crispy Chicken With Prawn Crackers
Braised Ee-Fu Noodles With Golden Mushrooms
Hot Red Bean Paste with Dumpling
This fruit dish wasn’t served to every table. Only a few were brought out after the meal. I’m not sure where they came from and it wasn’t on the menu. Someone mentioned that there were finger foods outside the banquet hall though, so perhaps it was a leftover from that.
The food came slowly, over the course of about two hours, and the portions were moderate, but even still it was a very filling meal. I think the last dish that got cleaned was the chicken. The server took away half of the ee-fu noodles because most everyone was full by that time.
The red bean past with the dumplings was really good! I’m not sure what was in the dumpling but it tasted almost like cookie dough. Our table was one guest short, so I snagged the dumpling from the extra bowl. No one else seemed to be making a move for it so I didn’t hesitate. Strike first! And eat!
The only dish on here that I found a bit odd was the sea cucumber. I actually ate a piece of it before I found out what it was. The last time I had sea cucumber was about 20 years ago and it made me vomit instantly. I was able to keep it down this time, and it wasn’t that bad at all. I was told that it’s a delicacy that can take up to five days to prepare and that it is very expensive. I was told that a small bushel of these sea cucumbers can cost up to 200 SGD.
As for the other dishes, they were all fantastic. The chicken was just right too. It wasn’t dry at all and the skin was very crispy!
Furama sure knows how to put on a dinner party, and this was definitely a fantastic wedding celebration!
Congratulations, and best of luck to Raymond and Anna in their marriage!