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Feasting in Fresno @ Hunan Restaurant

Melanie Wong | May 18, 200809:54 AM     14

Following on the Fresno hounds’ look-see at Chef Liu’s Hunan Restaurant, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/512948 , “Polar Bear” and I convened a couple larger groups of friends and chowhounds for two scouting banquets this weekend. For these bigger gatherings, we went off-road requesting some of the special dishes I’d had in the past and asked Chef Liu to fill in the menu with his own Sichuan, Shandong, and Tanjia recommendations. Friday’s dinner had 10 attendees, and Saturday’s, 14. Cost per person for each meal was $40, plus tax, tip and corkage for wines that we brought. In addition, our companions at the table opened their hearts and pocketbooks to donate $145 (cash, checks and online pledges) to the relief effort in Sichuan Province, China. Bravo!

Listed below are the menu and wines for each evening. Chowhounds, please share your thoughts on the meals and tell us about your favorite dish.

FRIDAY – May 16

Cold Plates (Appetizer):

Prawn’s Antenna Shredded Beef
Mustard Green with Mustard Sauce
Egg Wrapped shrimp roll
Spicy Pork Kidney
Sichuan Spicy Combination
Fish Fillet in Ginger Sauce
Shandong-style Two Sheets Salad

Soup:

Abalone and Fish Maw Soup

Main Dishes:

Five Colors Shrimp Noodles
Dungeness Crab Meat Asparagus
Chinese Style Filet Mignon
Garlic Lamb Stew Hotpot
Sichuan Style Braised Whole Fish with Noodles
Spicy Stir-Fried Cabbage
Traditional Peking Duck

Dessert:

Chinese Green Peas Soup with Tapioca

Wines:

2006 Lake Chalice Marlborough Riesling
2006 Dr. Unger Kremstal Grüner Veltliner
NV Fresno State “Tail Gate White”
1998 Dehlinger Russian River Valley Estate Syrah

SATURDAY – May 17

Cold Plates (Appetizer):

Light Shadow Beef
Mustard Green with Mustard Sauce
Egg Wrapped shrimp roll
Spicy Beef Tripe
Hot and Sour calamari
Spicy Pork Kidney
Sichuan Spicy Combination
Fish Fillet in Ginger Sauce
Dongbei-style Two Sheets Salad

Soup:

Spinach Dumpling in Duck Soup

Main Dishes:

LuoHan Two Varieties Shrimp
Abalone Fish Maw Roll
Crab Meat Asparagus
Sichuan Spicy Boiled Filet Mignon
Braised Sea Cucumber
Red Dates Lamb Stew
Sweet & Sour Fish Filet Roll

Dessert:

Peanut Sweet Soup with Black Sesame-filled Rice Dumplinng

Wines:

2004 Talley “Rosemary’s” Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir
2006 Honig Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
1998 Vieux Chateau Gaubert Graves Blanc
2006 Hayman Hill “Interchange” Reserve Selection Santa Barbara County
2001 Shafer “Relentless” Napa Valley (81% Syrah/19% Petite Sirah)
1999 Beaulieu “Tapestry Reserve” Napa Valley”
200? Witness Tree Oregon Pinot Noir
2003 Eitelsbacher Kartaüserhofberg Kabinett Riesling Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Again, a special thanks to my co-organizer, Polar Bear, and especially to the ‘hounds for helping the people of Sichuan who gave us this great culinary tradition. Contributions can be mailed to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 designated for the “Sichuan Earthquake International Response Fund” or online at the Fresno-Madera chapter's website, http://american.redcross.org/site/Pag... .

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Hunan Restaurant
6716 N Cedar Ave Ste 104, Fresno, CA 93710

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