'Escape From Christmas' Chinese Banquet, 2011
Every year some friends and I stage an afternoon banquet called "Escape From Christmas." This year for a second year in a row, we had it at a Hong Kong-style restaurant with the quizzical name of Dining Room Management Group, which is now also called Yong Gee. We ate course after course until we nearly burst. Here is a visual record of what we downed this afternoon.
We shared two giant tureens of West Lake beef soup, a pillar of Zhejiang cuisine, made with a light broth, egg drops, ground beef, and tons of cilantro and scallions. Very refreshing! It's sometimes considered a variant of egg-drop soup.