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Peach Farm banquet

Spanky | Dec 25, 2003 06:32 AM

Eleven of us (in laws, my sister's family, my Dad, etc.) went out to Peach Farm for a Chinese banquet, which Tom there helped us pull together. A fun meal, as we're Chinese and my wife's family is American.

Tom was very helpful, the waitstaff was very quick and professional, and the place was packed. Here's what we ordered:

* Steamed live shrimp: without our asking, they set out 2 types of dipping sauces--one hot and one not spicy. A nice touch. Shrimp slightly overcooked, but still a nice dish

* Jellyfish: the underlying pickled vegetables were on the sweet side, but refreshing. Even the in-laws tried it.

* Steamed white chicken: very tender, cooked just until done, with enough salt to make it interesting

* Crab and lobster with ginger and scallions: Very good. Sweeter than East Ocean City, more bold flavors. Lots of gasps and sounds of delight as we plowed our way through 2 crabs and 2 lobsters.

* Peking pork chop: the chef cooked it just until it was done, not a second more. Sweet, but a nice contrast to other dishes

* Spicy salted shrimp: I think my favorite of the evening. Again, bolder flavors here than East Ocean City, which made me wonder if Peach Farm has some Teochew influences.

* Fried tofu squares stuffed with shrimp: Meltingly tender tofu with an almost custard-like texture

* Dau miu with garlic: perfectly cooked. Many Americans don't know to order this: big mistake. Ask for "pea pod stems with garlic."

* Crisy noodles with seafood: kids liked this the best

* Abalone braised with sea cucumber, black mushrooms and Chinese broccoli: My sister is a sea cucumber fan, and this dish did not disappoint. Lots of abalone slices and sea cucumber.

* Steamed live black bass (tautog) with ginger and scallions: Yum. What can I say? Always a great dish when done correctly and not overcooked. The kids got a hoot when they brought the fish out flopping in a tub before cooking it. The last dish served, and there's something poetic about ending the meal with a simply steamed fish made with very fresh ingredients.

A great meal! My Dad lives in L.A. and has a very honed Chinese tongue. Though we've been out for many meals this holiday week, he said that this was the best meal so far. I'd agree.

Please go to Peach Farm. Tom says that business is down for them, and they've not seen an improvement. I'd hate to see this family-run place go under.

Last, if anyone is planning to go out for a Chinese New Year banquet, please let me know.

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