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A few days ago, the Spring Festival officially came to close and was celebrated with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new Lunar Calendar year. In Asia, most people will gather with their family one last time at the end of this festival for a meal together. The restaurant I visited is situated by Feng Qing park and is a brand new Cantonese style seafood restaurant. The actual establishment is very large and is built with a fusion of ancient and modern Chinese architecture. On the ground level, the restaurant has glass 'walls' and on the top, we have the traditional Chinese roofs. As I mentioned before, this restaurant is very large and it's floor area is over 6000 square meters!
The entrance to the restaurant is very wide and spacious.
There is a sense of luxury with these huge beautiful crystal chandeliers.
Because it is a festive period, there are many adverts at the entrance for special deals.
The restaurant also sells some Eight Treasures Rice in some nice packages as gift boxes as well as Xi'an's famous 'Xi Feng' alcohol. Both are fantastic as gifts during the festive period.
On the sides, there are also many health products for sale, all nicely packaged in gift boxes too.
On the left of the hall way is one of the dining lobbies. Almost all of the round tables are fully occupied.
These birdcages are actually private dining areas. However, we chose to sit in the dining lobby to soak up the festive atmosphere.
To order a dish, you take one of the cards from below the billboard and give it to the counter to scan the bar code.
Let's take a look at the delicious food we ordered!
To start off, we have some steamed buns with hot chilli oil dip.
Inside, the steamed buns have pork and vermicelli.
These prawns look beautiful with their very defined stripey patterns but aside from their distinctive look, they also taste different from the more regular prawns. For starters, their shell is tougher than usual, but underneath that tough shell, is very tender meat full of flavour!
Lush green vegetables!
Egg Yolk Tofu Soup, the soup is very thick and dense yet the tofu is extremely soft making for a very refreshing soup!
This restaurant has a peculiar way of preparing steamed fish. They like to cut open the fish from the bottom and spread the sides out like wings. This actually makes the fish's natural aroma come out more. Before tasting it I could almost smell how nice the fish would taste. Of course, after eating it, I was very impressed with the delicate white meat which was tender and full of fresh flavour.
Green Sprouts. These are really refreshing.
This is Taro and Pumpkin Lily soup. The Taro and Pumpkin are diced into small cubes and actually go really well together both in taste and in aesthetics. They taste a little sweet so it's almost like eating a dessert. One taste leads to the next and before you know it, it's all gone!
These are stir fried clams, they're very chewy and also presented very nicely!
Tonights star of the show is this delicious Lobster. The chef has prepared the lobster by dicing up the main body and then cooking it with the thick paste sauce. Although the sauce is quite thick, it's not too overpowering, together with the lobster meat which is very tender, it was absolutely delicious.
Garlic Chives with Cuttlefish. An unusual combination but it works!
These are Sesame glutinous rice balls, during the lantern festival, these rice balls represent unity and togetherness. The stuffing of these Glutinous Rice Balls are usually sweet.
After such a lovely selection of seafood, you must be wondering where all the seafood come from? Well, lets take a walk to the restaurant's seafood market and see!
The seafood market in the restaurant surrounds this big obelisk in the middle of the restaurant.
Diners circle around this obelisk and choose their
There is a sign which says 'Fu Jian Sea Produce', of course this means that the seafood here mostly comes from the Fu Jian province. Once you've selected which seafood, it's labelled and then weighed to see how much to pay.
The market attendants do the weighing for you.
These are lobsters from all over the world.
Stuck on the side of this glass are abalones.
These are the razor clams which we ate earlier.
These are oysters from Europe.
Various kinds of Spiral Snails.
The crabs are humongous
These are called 'Bread Crabs' also known as 'Cancer pagurus'
Last but not least are various kinds of fish. They look very exotic but entirely edible!
And beside the seafood market, we have an open style kitchen.
Here's a sea cucumber soup.
There are various cantonese and Fu Jian special produce for sale as well.
These are the chef's cooking away the dinner for tonight!
These are the condiments and seasonings used for cooking.
And that wraps up today's post on my Lantern Festival dinner. Each of my posts take a lot of time to produce, from taking the pictures, to organising them and describing the experience (in both English and Chinese) I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do writing about it! Until next time!
今天我想带朋友们去尝一尝我的元宵节晚餐, 这家餐厅在西安的丰庆公园旁边, 是新开的一家6000平方米的粤式海鲜餐厅。这个餐厅的建筑运用古今结合的元素，下面是现代的透明玻璃材料，上面是中国古代传统宫廷建筑的屋檐，非常趣。因为过春节和元宵节的关系，门口有很多牌子写着各种优惠和套餐活动。