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Sep 21, 2011 12:37 AM


I'm doing Chinese nibbles for my twin babies 1st birthday party on Saturday. Doing sliced char sui pork, satay marinated chicken with satay dip, char sui buns, pork dumplings, potato wrapped prawns, sesame prawn toast, 2 whole crispy aromatic duck with pancakes sauce cucumber & onions, fresh water chestnuts soaked in soy, then dipped in brown sugar, wrapped in bacon & baked. Sounds a lot but its the sort of finger food that people descend on like locusts. Should I do something to go with like rice or noodles or something but that will prob be ignored? I have already stocked the freezer up from the Chinese supermarket but will have to go back Sat morning as I forgot some bits. Anything else I could do with little effort?

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  1. Traditionally, you'd have noodles for long life. I'd add something that's not meat heavy and lighter. Maybe baby bok choy, chinese broccoli and/or something like this cucumber salad (I don't use a recipe but it's long these lines):

    If you want to make it easier on yourself, you do have some items that are similar enough that you don't need both, eg. shrimp toast and potato wrapped shrimp. Char su pork, char su bao and dumplings--you could get away w/out the char su bao. But, that's just a matter of convenience and I'm sure people will love having all of it. I know Chinese celebratory meals are generally meat-centric but I always am happily surprised when I get some good vegetables, too.

    1. It sounds like you're going to have a lot of small finger foods. Adding something heavier that requires utensils is going to be awkward on cocktail plates.

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      1. re: JungMann

        You are both right. I've got to go to the Chinese supermarket Saturday morning anyway to get some more pancakes so I might have a look & see what about/fresh then. Theres an excellent live & fresh fish dept & the razor clams look great. Just not sure wha I could do chinese style with therm.