Someone texted me saying that some dude from the Yee Toy Fong bailed and needed me to attend the banquet. For the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. I said “sure, why not? Sounds fun”. Because I have a hunch this guy is going to be a recurring character in my stories, we’re going to call him Les Gin.
So Les Gin calls me the next day saying “hey dude thanks for taking my spot. Oh and by the way, the ticket is $40 dollars”. Dangit Les!
Overall, I’m glad I went to Great Wall. I’ve went before for Dim Sum, which I’ll review soon, but the dinner portion of Great Wall was pretty good!
We had several dishes throughout the night.
A beautifully decorated dish of what is essentially Chinese deli meats. You had delicious Char Siu, some tofu skins, some roast beef, and a salami-like concoction. In the middle is a bed of seaweed and pickled radishes. The Chair Siu was delicious and the rest of the dish was just alright.
West Lake Soup
Apparently a completely American dish. This reminds me of jook/congee without the rice. You have tofu, peas, carrots, chunks of meats and other stuff floating around an egg and cornstarch broth.
A decent walnut shrimp entrée with shredded carrots decorating the side. The walnuts were candied and filled with sesame seeds. This is a very standard Walnut Shrimp dish sop nothing quiet spectacular in this dish.
Fried Garlic Chicken
A golden brown chicken cut up like a duck. Infact, I did think it was duck at first.. The chicken was very moist and the skin was delicious. The chicken is served with a seasoned salt and a lemon wedge which reminds me of bad tequila. Point being, though the white meat was a bit dry, this dish was very good and the skin was the star of the show. This was served with shrimp chips…for some reason.
Salt and Pepper Pork
Standard deep fried pork chops littered with cilantro and jalapeno peppers. I always feel like stuff like this is too salty and yes, the pork is a bit salty. I wouldn’t have m,inded some sweet and sour sauce on the side of this one to cut through some of the saltiness.
Rock Cod Stir Fry
Fillet of cod stir fried with snap peas and carrots. This was a very refreshing and light dish. The stir fry has a savory and clear white sauce which really highlights the color of the dish as a whole. I found the fish to be very tender and easy to eat yet sturdy enough to handle the wrath of a frying pan.
I would say this is the star of the show. The roast duck was presented with a beautiful crisp skin covered in its own juices. The meat was delicious and I overheard one of the guests saying that it was a “fresh duck” whatever that means. Like when I said C-Fu is good at Seafood, Great Wall excels at roasting large animals and their roasted duck is proof of that.
Baby Bok Choy with Mushrooms
Not a huge fan of giant mushrooms and the bok choy was ok. I don’t like it when bok choy is cooked whole but it does give a nice presentation.
Excellent. Very crunchy and the sesame filling wasn’t sweet at all.
Great Wall’s banquet mode is nice and decorative and you can tell they’ve done this a lot of times. The walls are added with a curtain of red which compliments the yellow of the room. Great Wall also has a really cool divider which can split the room in half. The divider surprisingly gave the room a bit more class as the glossy white wall enhances the experience.
I felt that I didn’t have to wait as long as I did in other places but I thought it took a while. Our table devoured pretty much everything when it was given to us. I guess either I contribute to the heavy eating or I attract heavy eaters.
The banquet’s set price was $50.00 and I got in for $40.00. I can’t say it was worth it but you can tell this was kind of a rich people’s party. There were like 5 mayors, 10 non-profit presidents and a bunch of other important old people there. For a guy like me? It was interesting and I can see why the cost could be justified. If I have to pay for any more of these, I’d be broke!
The Jade Moon Academy had a great Lion Dance and Monkey Dance performance. There was the guy who talks on the radio which was nice too. The auction they gave was pretty fun and a lot of people won.
Kind of an overpriced banquet but the food was darn good. I might have to take the last banquet I went to and compare the deal. Hmmm… that might give me an idea in the future…