Last night the Fish, Fong, Fujiyama, Wilson, and Wong clans gathered with a few friends to greet 4701, Year of the Monkey, with a sumptuous banquet. Our first order of business was to pop the corks and raise our glasses in a toast to the new year. Then Perry "chowchild" had a quick Cantonese and Mandarin lesson and proved his proficiency in both before his aunties forked over the "lucky money" in a red envelope.
At 7:45pm, the first course was served - a dazzling carousel of eight cold plates accompanied by four condiments. The condiments or relishes could be combined with the various dishes to create different flavor notes and tones.