It was a birthday celebration with special people. We celebrated the 90th birthday of my aunt Conchita with family, relatives and close friends. The celebration was held at Peking Garden Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center Makati City. The fine dining hosted for more than 50 people, we all occupied 5 round tables that evening leaving one table for food platform. The food was served at 7:30 as guests began to arrive as early as 7 in the evening allowing plenty of time and conversation.
Prayers before meals was offered to thank God for our blessings.The birthday music (Chinese version) playing in the background to match the birthday celebration.The celebration brings family members, relatives and special friends closer together on the table, not only on this occasion but to every event. All the guests elegantly dressed in red and that includes me.This kind of gathering serves as a good bonding for us, helps us to strengthen relationship and connections especially to the business group.
Scent of good food surrounds us throughout the evening. No special Chinese event would be considered complete unless there’s plenty of delicious food involved. Plenty of food served, Awesome! it was an evening with a well balanced meal that contains all necessary nutrients. It not a fatty dishes, not even hot or spicy.
The birthday menu checklist, best selection of favorites are rare treats, variety of Chinese dishes contains low in calories and fats. Obviously, an expensive choices and the favorite of the Chinese. The soothing effect of all seafood is irresistible so with the signature dish, the ”Peking Duck” How else to explain the sight of good food that gives such a burst of appetite.The presence of more favorites gives more excitement to eat. It’a an oriental feast.
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Elegant and beautiful setting.
Peking Garden Restaurant
The beautiful birthday cake for the celebrant.
That’s aunt Conchita cutting the cake! She looks lovely with her red dress.
Birthday cheers and singing the birthday song.
Highlight of the evening’s entertainment was a special number,violin solo rendition by Jason Gan.( one of Aunt Conchita’s grandchildren) The audience were all quiet as excited to hear the musical piece. Bravo Jason! Jason’s twin sister a lovely girl, Daniela, check photo above.
While the guests were enjoying, the menu goes a long way creating a good mood. The assortment of food becomes the focal point here. The 12 courses meal, a selection of Chinese specialties. You can see from the menu itself. Yoo! love this food, some are my favorites…
Lively look on the table,sparkling and superb! Everything was arranged oriental style. This is my plate! Always ready to go! Yumm!
The 12 courses meal. Lets get started,this is such a long list of courses up to 12 and one vegetable salad not on list, that makes it 13 courses all in all!
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Vegetable salad complimented the meal. The best starter going to the main course.
My appreciation for all courses, I was trying to get a picture perfect for the first course. The first course, it’s a Birthday Misua with Shrimp and Mushroom.
Birthday Misua with Shrimp and Mushroom.
The 2nd course is a Doubled-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood.It is clear and tasty. Why clear? well, you don’t see any tiny floating particles, totally clean and clear! For me, a delicious soup is when you bring up the total hotness of natural flavor of seafood and vegetables.
Each round table is good for 12 guests and to every table, one Broiled-Winter Melon Soup bowl each.
What a huge and heavy shell. It’s just perfect enough for 12 people.
Bit close-up to see the real beauty.
The 4 empty Winter Melon Bowl and an individual bowl of Winter Melon soup below.You can see the assorted seafood, nourishing and full of flavor.
In a small bowl, it is hot and delicious.It gives specific taste as it is appealing.
The 3rd course is Peking Duck, the restaurant signature dish. Peking duck can be prepared in a variety of ways. In here, it is served two-ways, you can see below as details shown on photos and the other one is Minced duck with Fresh Lettuce. In spite of the variety of specialties, the Peking duck still remain as the night’s favorite.
The whole Peking Duck is a special treat for all of us, full of flavor and deliciously fragrant.t’s addicting, once you start eating it, you just can’t stop, you want more and soon craving to eat again.
Cutting the breast in thin slices
The clever way of dividing into pieces. Thin flesh of Peking duck carefully arranged in a circular shape following the edge of the plate.
The duck flesh at the center and the crispy skin on the edge of the plate or vice versa.
Strips of Peking duck served with tortilla, stalks of spring onions and Hoisin sauce.
The crispy skin of Peking Duck with a stalk of spring onion. Here’s ”How to wrap a Peking duck”
The 4th course is Deep Fried Almond Prawns.
Prawns breaded with thin almonds.
The perfect match
The 5th course is Braised Sliced Abalone with Vegetables
Pretty Oh so good! The sparkling abalone is is tender and tasty. The fresh green color of the vegetables was completely preserved. Maintaining vegetables green color and nutritive value.
The 6th course is Whole Lapu-lapu with Scramble Egg White
Whole Lapu-lapu with Scramble Egg White served on a big oval platter, looks deliciously elegant.
The 7th course is Sauteed French Bean with Minced Garlic. The only vegetable being served aside from the salad, preserving the fresh green color.
Sauteed French Bean with Minced Garlic is sweet and crisp.
The 8th course is Golden Crabs with Salted Egg
This is my plate. How good is that?Always on the go for my favorite choice!
The 9th course is Minced Duck with Fresh Lettuce
It’s an iceberg lettuce wrap.
The Minced duck serves with iceberg lettuce cup and Hoisin sauce.
The 10th course is Steamed Supreme Soup and Pork Dumpling.
Steamed Supreme Soup and Pork Dumpling, something that will suit your taste.
Photographer of the evening. Tonight’s Photographer- Alex Ruelo of Imagine Nation
Champagne Moët & Chandon, drink appropriate for the event. The world’s most loved French champagne.
Cheers! Happiness and good health for everyone! Long life for aunt Conchita!
The 11th and 12th courses are desserts; Birthday Bun and Chilled Mango Shake with Sago. I’ve missed to photographed the last one.
Sweet dessert, the Birthday Bun
What’s inside the Birthday Bun? A sweet bean paste.
Other photos taken that evening. You will see here all the guests who flocked to the elegant and fabulous evening gathering; family members, relatives and special friends.
It was a celebration full of laughter and excitement. The birthday treat is a blessing and sign of thoughtfulness. Thank you so much aunt Conchita!
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