Posted February 20, 2011 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Chinese

Grace & Henry’s Wedding

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Remember back when every weekend was spent partying at somebody’s 21st or 25th birthday? Well, now I’ve hit that stage in life where everybody around me is getting married. The latest wedding celebration was Grace and Henry’s, and I’m still drooling over their magnificent seafood banquet!

Seriously, if you’re newly engaged and are planning to have a Chinese wedding then I highly recommend Marigold as your reception venue.

Here’s why -

The decor is traditionally oriental but not tacky; gorgeous high ceilings, stunning chandeliers and red lanterns.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark -

Ignore the plastic spoons on the sauces and turn your eyes to the lavish mountain of roast suckling pig, glossy crisp crackling and flavoursome jellyfish salad. Then focus on the scrumptious crab claws, which have been wrapped in a prawn paste and deep-fried to a crisp golden brown.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - suckling pig and jellyfish salad with crab claws

The scallops are ever so sweet and delicate, sauteed deliciously with sugar snaps, pine nuts and flakes of dried scallops.

The sharkfin and fish maw soup is a delicacy highly regarded by the older Asian community and although this is probably the only dish that I don’t fancy much, I can confirm they don’t skimp on the much sought-after ingredients.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - scallops sauteed with sugar snaps and sharkfin and fish maw soup

Next are generous servings of braised lobster with garlic, ginger and shallots followed by a delicate steamed fish.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - lobtser and fish

Then we have succulent shiitake mushrooms with super soft and tender braised abalone and snow peas.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - snowpeas with shiitake mushrooms and abalone

A whole chicken is next, with the most tender meat and crispy skin of course. Yes, with head, neck, wings and feet all on display to represent completeness.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - crispy skin chicken

Even the stomach-fillers of special fried rice and braised e-fu noodles with mushrooms are tasty.

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - special fried rice and e-fu noodles

Desserts consist of smiling doughnuts, almond cake, wedding cake (not pictured), fresh fruits and a sweet red bean soup. Burp.

OK, so I haven’t been to a wedding at Sky Phoenix or Zilver or
Fisherman’s Wharf yet so I may deter my decision, but in the meantime, Chinese wedding banquets at Marigold are tops!

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - sweets

Grace and Henry, congratulations again and thank you so much for sharing your wedding day and such a spectacular banquet with us. Let all your dreams
come true and every
minute be a feast! xx

Wedding banquet at Marigold Citymark - the newly weds, Grace and Henry

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Marigold Citymark
Levels 4 & 5, 683-689 George Street, Sydney NSW
Phone (02) 9217 6090
Web www.marigold.com.au

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Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.