Happy 80th birthday mama! That's what I call my maternal grandmother! It doesn't have the same accent as how an Italian would call their mother or how you see toddlers call out to their mothers...the first 'a' goes up in accent and the second goes down. It's a slang in our teochew dialect. This year marks her big 80th and because of superstition we didn't have this big chinese feast dinner on her actual birthday date but on the day before! This dinner was held back in July but I hadn't gotten around to writing this post!
My mother booked a private room at a chinese restaurant downtown which we had eaten at before for lunch for dim sum (see our giant dim sum lunch here)! The dinner was a few hundred dollars as my mom paid extra for a whole suckling pig as the set she chose only came with half!
Continue below for the feast and family photos!
|My grandma's 80th birthday dinner! A chinese feast!|
|I wore a gradient blue smokey look! Using Kate eyeshadow!|
|Kate gradical eyes palette! I freaking love these palettes and wish I had more of them!|
|For asian girls with small double eyelids like mine, try to keep the color on your lids and bringing it slightly above the crease is a good move.|
|I could've smoked out the dark blue in my crease better but otherwise I love the light white from the palette that I used under my browbone!|
|L to R: Myself behind, my mother, my grandmother, my uncle (mom's sister husband)|
|My grandmother and mom! With her mountain of oranges which all family members at the dinner gave my grandmother while giving her well wishes!|
|Family photo! L to R: My mom and dad behind, my boyfriend, myself, my grandma, my brother and my uncle! (the rest of his family are not in Singapore currently)|
|The first dish of the night! Whole roasted crispy suckling pig! The skin was so crispy and the meat so juicy! Wrap the meat and skin inside the mini wraps (not pictured), a piece of spring onion and a drizzle of sweet plum or hoisin sauce!|
|A plate of longevity buns! These are steamed buns usually shaped like peaches filled with smooth lotus paste! The big one was for decorative purposes! (the wraps for the suckling pig are in the background)|
|Another family photo with the table full of food!|
|One of my favorite dishes from the night! Lobster and fruit salad! Filled with chunks of fresh lobster meat, melon, apple, peach, cucumber and sweet japanese mayo! This was plated so beautifully and was so refreshing and tasty!|
|Pan seared scallops! Beautiful giant scallops seared to perfection on both sides with a perfect brown crust! A mixed lettuce salad with a light mayo and sesame oil dressing!|
|A platter of sliced fresh fruit!|
|A pistachio sponge and cream cake from a boutique pastry shop which we purchased the night before for the dinner!|
|My family posing with the cake and a special fire cracker type candle!|
|Mom and grandma posing with her birthday bouquets of roses and mixed Orchids!|
When was the last big family dinner you had?
Do you eat in or dine out?
Let me know!
Thank you so much!