Every year before Chinese New Year my brother-in-law treats his employees (and all of us) to a celebratory dinner at the Sunshine Seafood Restaurant on Bowery Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The filling meal always includes popular Chinese banquet staples like lobsters stir fried in a ginger and scallion sauce, crispy fried chicken (which looks nothing like KFC or Popeye’s) and battered shrimp with broccoli and honeyed walnuts in a sweet, creamy mayonnaise based sauce.
He’ll also order a few steaks pan fried Chinese style (not nearly as good as a properly broiled or outdoor grilled steak but still very tasty), at least one fried rice or noodle dish for the benefit of the kids and ABC’s like me — this year he went with a rice dish that included fried eggs, bacon, crab meat and dried scallops — and some vegetables.
He has also taken a liking to a superb dish that consists of twin Dungeness (I think) crabs atop a hearty bed of sticky, glutinous rice (which soaks up the juices from the crab meat and eggs) all wrapped up in a giant lotus leaf and steamed to perfection. Absolutely amazing.
Then, we close out the meal with the traditional two-pronged attack of sweet red bean soup with tapioca and juicy sliced oranges. No fortune cookies here.
We just got back from this year’s dinner which was a nice way to end a busy day. I definitely ate more carbs than I should have, but I’m not gonna sweat it too much considering this is something that happens only once a year… and I’m already anticipating next year’s spread!