Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

Koi Palace Buddha Jump

CYL | | Sep 21, 2008 02:52 PM

To celebrate a special occasion we decided to go to Koi Palace for a dinner splurge. Initially, there was a problem of deciding upon what to eat since KP's menu required a minimum paired order of two on every special set dinner. There were three of us. Two finally settled for the “Abalone & Shark Fin Super Value Set Dinner.” The third person, was tempted by a “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.” and some variety. After a little discussion with the KP lady who answered phone to establish our reservation, she finally consulted the manager at our persistence and we were granted an exception of a single “BJOTW. Turns out, we were also lucky to have gotten a reservation. Upon arrival on the appointed Saturday night, the big main dining area had been reserved for a big fancy wedding party and the restaurant was absolutely mobbed and jumping! The blushing bride and her attendants, dressed in their finest attire, were anxiously and gingerly pacing around in the crowded reception area waiting to be seated as we came in. Then, just before serving, our astute waiter came by and suggested splitting the “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall” split into three individual bowls for all to enjoy..........great idea!.......... we “jumped” on it right away ended up with the best of all arrangements. The BJOTW required advanced ordering; it takes two days minimum to prepare with via a complex procedure and slow simmering. It had assorted Chinese herbs, shark fin, abalone, dried scallops, Jinhua ham, sea cucumber, fish maw, mushroom, pig stomach and tendon, etc, etc.. The Braised Superior Shark Fin was superb and the abalone was a standout treat – exquisite flavors! The steamed lobster rested on top of a bed of rice vermicelli noodles which nicely absorbed all the delicious juices from the lobster. Rich food, expensive too, but we enjoyed all the dishes and had a very enjoyable dinner. There was so much food that we came away with three boxes of leftovers. The Koi Palace has performed yet another commendable and memorable job with reliable consistency! We look forward to coming back for more!

1. BJOTW (One Third)
2. Braised Supreme Shark Fin Soup
3. Whole Abalone & Maw in Oyster Essence
4. Steamed lobster in Garlic Sauce

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