Sorry the pictures are so blurry. I was standing at the top of the staircase and zooming in so you could get a sense of the whole length of the table, or rather two long and one round table placed end to end. This is how it's been like for the past few holiday parties, but this time, we were celebrating my dad's 60th birthday. I previously wrote about why lil' sis and I are such daddy's girls.
Close-ups of the food below.
My mom made suon nai xa (Vietnamese venison ribs with lemongrass).
And venison tendon Chinese herbal stew with shiitake mushrooms, goji berries, and I couldn't identify what else.
Since it turned out so well when we got stuff catered for the home ceremony at the family wedding last summer, I decided to do it again. The banh bot loc (Vietnamese shrimp dumplings), 100 dumplings for $23, and banh cuon (Vietnamese steamed rice noodle sheets stuffed with pork), $2.75 a lb, are from Banh Mi & Che Cali Restaurant in Alhambra.
As well as the Goi Du Du (Vietnamese Papaya Salad), $20 a tray, and banh beo (Vietnamese steamed rice discs), 100 pieces for $18.
I also picked up 5 roast ducks and 5 pounds of roast pig from Seaworld Seafood Restaurant's BBQ and Dim Sum To Go in Rosemead. The banh hoi (Vietnamese steamed rice vermicelli sheets) is Minh Phung brand, delivered fresh and still warm to the San Gabriel Superstore at 11 a.m.
My sister-in-law's mother brought the Pineapple Fried Rice. She carved out two pineapples to make four bowls. I'm lazy and just put it in my pineapple-shaped ceramic bowl.
And of course, no birthday party is complete without the cake. We got the shell cake, chocolate cake with mixed fresh fruit filling, from Kiki Bakery in Alhambra.
I made another Tiramisu, but lil' sis couldn't wait until dinner and decided to make a mini-tiramisu that she just had to show you because it was just so cute.
I also made this. Can you guess what it is?
1 year ago today, I began my "fun food" category with spotted dick pudding and kalonji seeds.