My awesome date and personal oracle, Evangelos
We started off with a Seafood Sampler, complete with claws, honey walnut shrimp (stop whispering in my ear about the mayo!), shrimp cocktail and my favorite, seaweed salad.
Lil Saigon's finest Seafood Sampler
Next came the Shark Fin, Crab Meat and Asparagus Soup. I was really excited to try this again after having what was believed to be a faux shark fin soup at my little brother's wedding. It turns out I am not a fan of the highly gelatinous soup. The overly jelly texture threw me off and I could not finish, despite my narcissist tendencies pinnacled by the ooo's and aaaa's from the table about soup's beauty benefits.
Shark Fin Soup this
The Stuffed Crab Claw, however, was a sweet juicy winner. Comparable to crab cake but with more crab plus claw anatomy attached. Pure awesomeness.
I'll shake this hand plus some
The Black Pepper Files Mignon resembling Bo Luc Lac was well received by the crowds. Tender indeed, but there was rice in need.
The House Special Baked Lobster was ions better than the one at my brother's wedding. Tons of sweet meat to be had and to go around. The house also likes their pepper shaker.
My favorite of the night was by far the Peking Duck. I liked it so much I took an ultra creepy close up photo (see below, below). The meat was perfectly lardy tasting the way I like it; like a fatty wild chicken. Delicious pieces of subcutaneous meat and fat that I stuffed inside doughy buns with green onions and plum sauce. Mmmmmm!
Duck, the other, other dark meat
I kind of OD'ed on the duck and had just a few bites left in me. The Deep Fried Bass with Sweet & Sour Sauce caught me off guard. I was expecting pork, not the other, other, other white meat from the sea. It was still a visibly stunning and beautiful dish. Got to love the color of sweet & sour sauce.
Sea Bass spotted in Westminster
The Yang Chow Fried Rice was our last hurrah (and first official carb of the night). I do love fried rice and this conglomerate of pork and sweet shrimp was a score in my books.
Fried Rice done Right
Now for the three wedding dresses:
1) Traditional American
2) Traditional Vietnamese feat bling rock
3) Valentine Grand Finale Gown
More wedding pictures:
Paracel Seafood Restaurant
15583 Brookhurst St.
Westminster, CA 92683