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jcorngold Feb 28, 2010 04:43 PM

Hello Hounds,
I'm planning my birthday dinner for about dozen people. I've decided on Hong Kong style seafood. A buddy and I checked out a few of the most popular Chow-spots last night (Saturday). We visited Capital, Elite, Sea Harbor, 888 and NBC.
As of now, I'm leaning toward a private room at NBC. I've listed below the banquet menu that fits my budget. I'm looking for suggestions to improve the menu even if it costs a bit more. I'm not a fan of suckling pig, so I will ask to replace it with a prawn dish. Are there other preparations or other dishes that aren't included on this menu that you would suggest I add or swap for?

NBC banquet menu (for 10 persons):
Roasted Suckling Pig Platter
Pan Fried Scallops
House Special Fried Crab's Clamps [sic]
Stewed Sharks Fin with Crab meat
Sliced Abalone & Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce
Roasted Whole Peking Duck
Baked Lobster French Style
Steamed Live Fish
Special Fried Rice with Lotus Leaves
Desert

Thanks for your input!

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    jcorngold Mar 18, 2010 09:37 PM

    Hello again Hounds,
    The NBC birthday banquet was a hit. Delicious food, great service loads of fun. I want to offer special thanks to ipsedixit, J.L., Galen, raytamsgv, selfportrait93, Mr. Roboto and Das Ubergeek for helping me with finetuning the menu. We had a private room for a party of 11 people. The bill for the food was $500. NBC manager Kenny did a great job. Here's what we had:
    Cold Jellyfish
    Peking Duck (2 courses - Crispy skin with buns and hoisin sauce, then minced meat in lettuce cups)
    Sharks Fin with Crab Meat Soup
    Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic Bulb
    Stir Fried Lobster with Garlic
    Pan Fried Oyster and Scrambled Egg
    Asparagus with Black Bean Sauce
    Braised Scallop with XO Sauce
    Prawns with Pepper Salt (a favorite for many of the diners)
    Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallion
    Longevity Noodle (長壽面)

    Birthday Buns, Tarro Paste (芋泥餡)

    Thanks again Hounds for making the dinner extra special!

    6 Replies
    1. re: jcorngold
      J.L. Mar 18, 2010 10:38 PM

      Glad you guys had a nice meal - the menu sounds great!

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        selfportrait93 Mar 19, 2010 08:18 AM

        I am glad that, collectively, we did our job.

      2. re: jcorngold
        monkuboy Mar 19, 2010 09:50 AM

        NBC is my favorite. They are the most consistent with their food, and the service is friendlier than the other places in the area. Their general manager does a great job of keeping everything running smoothly, especially considering how crowded the place usually is and how large of a restaurant it is. Just wanted to put in a good word for them!

        1. re: jcorngold
          raytamsgv Mar 19, 2010 09:55 AM

          Glad everyone had a great time!

          1. re: jcorngold
            Ciao Bob Mar 19, 2010 09:59 AM

            Awesome, menu, and thanks for reporting back.
            I loves me a Cantonese Banquet!

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              Galen Mar 19, 2010 11:43 AM

              Your meal sounds awesome. Been a long time since I've eaten that well! Congrats!

          2. Das Ubergeek Feb 28, 2010 10:22 PM

            Make sure they can actually make proper Beijing duck and aren't going to give you just Cantonese-style roast duck. If they can, ask them to make duck bone soup for you (you can just say "like Quanjude" and they should know, this is skin, then meat, then bone soup).

            I agree with ipsedixit, baked is a no-no, get stir-fried instead.

            1. Mr. Roboto Feb 28, 2010 07:57 PM

              We usually substitute a noodle dish (長壽面) for the the fried rice on birthdays.

              1. ipsedixit Feb 28, 2010 04:47 PM

                Some suggestions in CAPS.

                Roasted Suckling Pig Platter (GEODUCK AND JELLYFISH COLD PLATTER)
                Pan Fried Scallops
                House Special Fried Crab's Clamps [sic] (GET PRAWNS INSTEAD)
                Stewed Sharks Fin with Crab meat
                Sliced Abalone & Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce
                Roasted Whole Peking Duck
                Baked Lobster French Style (GET CRAB, OR ASK FOR STIR-FRIED LOBSTER)
                Steamed Live Fish
                Special Fried Rice with Lotus Leaves
                Desert

                4 Replies
                1. re: ipsedixit
                  J.L. Feb 28, 2010 04:51 PM

                  Agree with ipse (as usual) - Follow his advice in this case, which is spot-on.

                  Make sure dessert is more special than just mango pudding. A warm tapioca soup would be nice.

                  1. re: J.L.
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                    Galen Feb 28, 2010 07:58 PM

                    Boneless chicken with Virginia ham would be nice.

                    1. re: Galen
                      raytamsgv Mar 1, 2010 10:41 AM

                      I would go with Galen's suggestion in place of the duck. Also, what type of fish have you selected?

                      Other than that, ipsedixit's suggetions are good except that I'd recommend getting some type of "dessert" instead of "desert." Perhaps it is why ipse's humor can be a bit dry at times. :-)

                  2. re: ipsedixit
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                    selfportrait93 Feb 28, 2010 08:10 PM

                    The banquet menu will indeed make the celebration a happy one. I am happy just reading it.
                    I just love their minced quail or the healthier chicken version with lettuce cup and hoisin sauce.

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