25 November 2011

Thanksgiving Without a Turkey

"Who wants beer? Raise your Hand!"

Ordering for a table of 13 people is not an easy feat. Funny enough, me and my friends have this ordering system down pat wherea few people review the menu and other people have this set dish in their head that they will suggest to be ordered. Still others will suggest dishes that sound good on the menu, and I will write the stuff down, so we order everything correctly. Raising your hand for a beer also gets the drink orders moving quite fast.

This is the scene at our Thanksgiving Table. I send out an invite to our friends who don't travel to see their families on this holiday and ask to join our Peking Duck dinner, because what is Thanksgiving without a whole roasted bird?

There's only 12 here. Richard took this photo.

This year, our dinner table sat 13 people, and our food landscape changed every 10 minutes because dishes came and got finished and was going around the lazy susan as if it was the Wheel of (food) Fortune.

Sauteed Baby Shrimps with Cashew 
Sauteed Clams with Black Bean Sauce
Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables
(These are the best INTESTINE dish I tried in a Chinese Restaurant.
Trust me we ordered something else, and this came out. It was AMAZING.)
Roast Pig
Roast Pig and Roast Pork are two different things.
Roast Pork is just Roast Pork the one that has a bright red color. 
Pan Fried Noodle with Mixed Seafood
Cantonese Style Lobster (mmm)
I wasnt the only one documenting. That's Jocy. She was the one who asked
"Who wants beer? Raise your hand!"
Wheel of Food Fortune, Scene 1
Salted Fish and Diced Chicken Fried Rice
Breaking Bread (or Peking Duck) at the "United Nations" 
Wheel of Food Fortune, Scene 2
Notice the plate of Braised Noodle with Chinese Mushroom at 7 o'clock,
The Pork Chops at 11 o'clock and MaPo Tofu at 12 o'clock
Braised Noodles With Chinese Mushroom
Peking Style Pork Chops
Wheel of Food Fortune, Scene 3
See the Roast ducks?! The empty spot is the plate of buns
How to eat a Roast Duck... Kinda.

It really was a grand time at our table, and I couldn't and wouldn't ask for a different celebration of Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for the wonderful harvest of friends, experiences, knowledge, love, happiness and health.

I am also very thankful, to Jeff O of Jeffrey Tastes, for all the Jackson Heights Food Groups meetings that he organized. If it weren't for his events, I wouldn't have met half of the people at this table. Thank you, Jeff!

Food and Restaurant Info:
41-13 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY 11355
718 461 1313
(PS, this Restaurant has changed its before. JUST GO TO THE ADDRESS, it will be the same food.)

We spent $27 per head. that included all drinks and a generous tip. and WE DID NOT CLEAN UP OR DO THE DISHES! WOOHOOO!!!!


  1. You have nice handwriting. Best dinner ever! Thanks!

  2. That is one yummy looking Thanksgiving dinner! I'm not sure I would've had the courage to eat the intestines though. Why do they call it pork belly?

  3. Thanks Rachel and Jocy - THANKS FOR JOINING US!

    Judy- eh? i dunno. it just came out wrong. we were hungry it just stayed on the table and it was gone. LOL its just like eating good tasting fat. actually melts in your mouth in an odd way.

  4. Being part of this group is one of the many things that I'm most thankful for -- not just on Thanksgiving, but every day. Knowing all of you makes my life that much more wonderful.

  5. Thanks for letting me crash your dinner :) Very awesome to meet you all ---- Marie

  6. awww, Stella! Seeing your pictures make me really happy... I'm like, Hey, I know all those people! ... well, most of them.

    I'm really happy to have made all these friends in the neighborhood, I just wish I would see them more often. Are you interested in making a weekly group centered around the JH farmers market?