Serving home-style Nasi Lemak for an Alpha Dinner partySaturday, August 03, 2013
|I thought this sign gave the event a casual restaurant feel.|
It is the largest group we have cooked for thus far. I am glad to observe that the team worked well together to ensure a wonderful dinner and evening for all. Earlier, we were expecting to cater to a crowd of 120-150. As it neared 200 the day before, we switched some plans to better cater for this increase.
This is a pictorial post and I will let the photos and captions speak for themselves. There are some food and party tips in the captions.
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|Getting the place ready at the church plaza|
|We needed a huge 50 cm wide Steamer.|
|We used almost a kilo of dried cilli to make the Sambal|
|Diced carrots for the Sayur Lodeh "lite version" No reason why a tumeric-flavoured mixed veg in light coconut milk won't go with NL- this also catered to some vegetarians.|
|Pandanus Leaves - lots of it for the rice and Ginger Lime drink|
|Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs|
|Flash Frying Curry leaves to garnish the Ayam Goreng|
|Banana leaves just to add to the dish presentation|
|The rice and sambal is the heart of NL. Get this right and the dish will sing.|
|Ayam Goreng is a usual crowd favourite. We used Anxin or "French Naked neck" Chicken. If you can serve it hot & crispy, that will be the best.|
|The Steamed (Kukus) Basmati Rice made every plate special.|
We used the longer variety.
|The good thing about NL as a party dish is that the dishes (except for the rice)|
do not need to be served hot or warmed. We also fried assam prawns but did not
cook them the proper way as we did not have the suitable kitchen equipment.
|A random plate of NL as diners gather at the buffet line. We normally serve diners plated |
but we decided against that due to the crowd.
|An aerial view of the Plaza|
|Diners enjoying themselves. There is something about queueing for food which builds up the anticipation. |
There is also the experience of welcome from the servers.
|Table conversations and meeting new friends are always a highlight in Alpha.|
|A typical Alpha evening carries on with some entertainment |
and an engaging video talk by Rev Nicky Gumbel
|The wonderful evening ended with desserts and hot drinks|
Photo Credits: Most of the photos here were taken by Kristen Kiong.