I spent a lot of my childhood summers in Sibu, running around the garden of my grandparent's house and risking dengue and malaria, ah those days. I also remember the epic dinners, 3 or 4 families in a corner of a restaurant, a lot of socialising, fanta orange drinks and 7 or more courses. A lot of the restaurants from way back are still around but in different premises, one my favourites is Sheraton, known for it's amazing fish head curry.
I was extremely happy to hear that one of my relatives was hosting a dinner for family and friends at Sheraton.
First course: omelette, mushrooms, fried seafood and yam balls. half cold dish. I love anything fried so the yam balls were pretty good.
Second course: Broccoli with mushrooms.
Third course: Peking duck but with a white bun instead of a crepe. Something different and really yummy!
The piece de resistance! The fish head curry. I love that there's an abundance of sauce, the fish is fleshy and doesn't taste too fishy and the lady's fingers are cooked perfectly. I'm usually not a big fan of lady's fingers but with curry, I reckon they're perfect.
Fifth course: Soup dish. Trying to fill us up nice and good.
Sixth course: Cereal prawns, one of my favourite dishes, I love that no peeling is required with this dish, just eat the prawn, shell, head, tail and all.
Final course: I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of dessert, but my cousin-in-law describes it as a 'sibu macaron'. It's red bean paste in between 2 graham crackers and fried. Soo bad but sooo yummy!
In a way, these banquets are predictable, soup, fish, cold dish entree but none of them are ever a disappointment. I look forward to these banquets as much as I do the kampua mee but everything in moderation, of course.