Photos of a 10-course Chinese dinner — yum!

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This is my first-ever Lunar New Year as a working mom. With a hectic 9-to-7 gig, I now totally relate to friends whose full-time jobs make it impossible for them to pull together a decent holiday dinner on a week night (or any dinner on any night, for that matter).

In a few minutes, I have to run off to check out a public meeting. Meanwhile, my teen daughter is studying for mid-terms at the library. Given our schedules, we had to cancel our plans for tonight (not that we really had anything planned anyway).

If you’re also missing out on a fancy, fun Chinese meal this evening, then this post is for you. The photos are from a dinner I attended a few months ago at the Harlem home of Kian Lam Kho and his partner, the incredibly gracious Warren Livesley. Kian slaved in their kitchen while Warren served up the 10-course meal that was made from scratch. Dazzling!

You’ve probably heard of Kian from the New York City food scene, where he’s a chef, teacher and blogger. Plus, he’s consulting on for a new dining venture in the stylish Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca.

Kian says Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar will open any day now to become the Big Apple’s “first, full service” eatery to serve dishes inspired by China’s Yunnan Province. For more on Kian’s new baby, please “like” the Lotus Facebook page and check out his blog. Since I enjoy writing about Kian, I have posts about him which you can read by clicking here.

Okay, I’ve gotta get a move on now. So mwah! Big kiss to you. Happy Year of the Dragon. May the months ahead bless you with joyful new beginnings, lots of love, good health and delicious food. xoxoxoxo.

P.S. — Here’s the menu that goes with the pictures below. Even though I eat very little meat these days, the meal was one of those when-in-Rome/Harlem/Yunnan moments where I got into a social eating head and went wide-eyed over the variety of both classic Chinese and Yunnan-inspired ingredients:

  • Four Cold Appetizers (Green Tomato with Sour Plum, Watermelon Radish and Asian Pear Salad, Shredded Chicken Salad with Mango, Jellyfish with Black Vinegar)
  • Stir-fried Shrimp with Chinese Olive Sauce
  • Beef Slices Poached in Seven-Spice Oil
  • Red-Cooked Pork Sliders with Buns
  • Pork Rib Soup with Haw Fruit and Asian Pear
  • Tea-Braised Squab with Pomegranate
  • Stir-Fried Baby Mustard Greens with Bamboo Pith
  • Grilled Red Snapper with Lemon Grass
  • Abalone and Yellow Chives Fried Rice
  • Tapioca in Coconut Milk with Taro and Sweet Potato (my favorite!)
No time for the slideshow below? Then view all photos in one click here.



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    this pace is my new life and right now, it feels pretty good. the public hearing that i attended lasted more than three hours. when it ended around 9:45 pm, i was wasted but being there was worth it; the american municipal discussion process is actually quite amazing. afterwards, i drove 5 minutes back to the house to find my child studying at the dining table, which was nice. then we ate some healthy leftovers (yellow rice, tofu and dandelion greens). now we’re going to bed. tomorrow, my errands include going to the bank and depositing my first reporter’s paycheck in 16 years. so all this marks my foray into new beginnings, which is supposed to be the signature of the year of the dragon special!

  2. Happy Lunar New Year!

    Happy adjustments, surprises, consciousness, new beginnings!
    Of course, I must add, happy new assignments and happy eating.
    Blessings to you and your little scholar :)

  3. Betty! I always love reading your posts, especially ones concerning food. You know how I am =P

    All of this food sounds outstanding. If his menu is anything like what you have listed here, I will be at Lotus Blue ASAP. Ha!

    Enjoy your day, and Happy (belated) New Year!

  4. Cousin Betty,

    You made my day with this delicious and informative post! I am really enjoying learning more about Chinese culture through your recent posts. Happy New Year! Keep ’em coming….xo

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    skye, all the best to your little scholar too. hope he’s still making happy art!

    jessica, kian just sent me back an email. he’s insanely busy because he plans to open really soon. so “like” his page to get the latest.

    and christine, thanks! i wasn’t happy with the photos in this post because — well, to be honest, i couldn’t figure out the settings on my digital camera back then! looking forward to doing another food post soon with better shots.

    nice to hear from all of you. thanks for dropping by! xoxo

  6. Hi Betty,
    I happened to stumble–and I do mean stumble–upon your blog today when the results of a query I typed came up with your blog on Amy Chua “Tiger Mom”. Well, it sounded intriguing so I thought I would give it a graze over and ended up reading it all. At the end, I was not only satisfied, but entertained and respecting the candidness and insight of the author. I have read 2 of your other blogs, watched your youtube video debut and followed your page on facebook! You’ve earned a stalker lol! But seriously, you are very inspiring and I’m so happy that I discovered you here online. Looking forward to much more from you. Thank you.

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      welcome, paris! thank you for the enthusiasm and i look forward to connecting. by the way, if anyone else is interested in my facebook page, here’s the link:

      i’m in the process of reorganizing my facebook page so if you “like” it, maybe you can help me figure things out. right now, i use it to post links to things that interest me — things that i don’t blog about because they’re just little blips. (but interesting blips.) more soon!

  7. Hey, Betty ~ Just got a chance to view those food photos ~ Yummy! I love his dinnerware and table settings as well!

    Happy Lunar New Year of Dragon + Healthy! ^^

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