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Strangely Wonderful Experience at Legendary Palace

oakjoan | May 29, 2006 07:11 PM

This weekend we played in Scrabble tournament in Campbell and drove to and from Oakland each day with 2 other people, one of whom is a constant talker (ofttimes muttering under breath). Last night we were exhausted from playing 8 games of Scrabble and listening to the natterings of the passenger. We dropped her off and then decided to eat at Legendary Palace.

As we pulled into a parking space, my husband noticed that it was quite crowded in the waiting area. We decided to try to get a table and, if the wait was too long, to get take out.

The dining room was bursting at the seams. Hostess tells us we'll have to wait for downstairs but that upstairs we can be seated right away. We opt for upstairs.

As we get to the top of the stairs (which we always figured (correctly) was the banquet room) we come upon a huge room filled with guests all eating and looking at a large stage filled with larger speakers.
We must have had our mouths gaping open because folks were staring right back at us. We finally realized that we weren't supposed to eat in this room, and that there was nother room behind us. Duh. We were ushered in to a table.

We ordered our usual (when there are only 2 of us) - beef chow fun, dry; and beef cubes with black pepper and steamed red onions. As we were devouring the plate of sweet/sour cabbage, music starts up in the next room and somebody who should never have been before a microphone begins belting out a tune, backed by recorded music. This woman (didn't see her so don't know if old or young) doesn't have much familiarity with the correct key, but knows how to sing LOUD.

She finishes and then a fellow begins to sing. He's not as bad, but is even louder than the first singer. After each number, there was enthusiastic applause and much banging of utensils against glasses. This went on all through dinner.

When we first arrived, our room had just two other tables occupied, but by midway through our meal, the room was full.

It's funny, but we both actually enjoyed this experience. I didn't know about the music at banquets. Is it usual or was this something singular?

Btw, the chow fun was especially delicious and covered with the requisite oil (mmmmm). The beef cubes with red onions were great, too. We've now christened it our "Two Ways of Beef" dinner.

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