i'm putting together a group of 14-18 friends for a dinner/banquet of "authentic" chinese food in the san gabriel valley. this will be everyone's inaugural excursion for chinese food outside of chinatown. after much research on this board (& fierce internal debate!), i've decided on the highly-regarded, TUNG LAI SHUN...
after reading Dommy!'s enthusiastic & inspiring post from feb. 10th, 2005 (link attached), i thought it might be a smart idea for me to make arrangements for a "banquet"-type feast. by calling a week or so in advance, i presume that we'll be able to access special dishes that are off the menu, as well as those which require advance preparations.
here are my concerns: alas, i don't speak chinese! the group's relying on me to organize, i'd desperately like to avoid any preventable missteps. plus, given that the impetus for the trip is authenticity, we'd rather not get the full-on "tourist treatment"...
fellow chowhounds, my questions are twofold:
(1) should i use Dommy!'s menu as a strict guide & order the exact same dishes...or does anyone else who's been there have other tasty recommendations?
(2) would a chowhound who speaks chinese please help me translate my banquet order to the restaurant's maitre d'?
i'll gladly reward the translator for his help with a local chowhound-worthy lunch. (this call should only take 5 minutes sometime over the next couple days.) afterwards, i'll look forward to doing a comprehensive write-up of our Tung Lai Shun experience on this board for the edification of all chowhounds...
i greatly appreciate all advice & any assistance!
Dommy!'s February 10, 2005 post:
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Tung Lai Shun
140 W Valley Blvd # 118c
San Gabriel, CA 91776