3. Modern Asian buffet
The flow of courses in modern Asian buffets is no different from Western buffets. The main difference lies in the type of dishes offered. While some Asian buffets focus on one cuisine, it’s not uncommon for some to include cuisines from different cultures. It means serving Japanese, Chinese, and Thai dishes in one buffet if a client requests.
4. Traditional Asian banquet
Chinese weddings are a good example of a traditional Asian banquet. This type follows a specific flow of courses or dishes that diners have been accustomed to for years. Here’s an example of the flow, types of dishes, and the meaning behind each one:
- Cold platter or “dragon-phoenix” plate for balance in the relationship
- Shark’s fin for wealth
- Chicken for a good life
- Prawns for happiness
- Fish for abundance and prosperity
- Vegetables to avoid conflict
- Noodles for longevity
- Dessert for a sweet life
It’s best to present these four options to your client to help them decide on which type suits their event best. Just make sure to highlight the food in every banquet menu you prepare.