Have yourself a scrumptious Chinese feast

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December 16, 2018

Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Stuffed Duck ($36)

Picture your next holiday gathering. The table is laden with food — sashimi platters, noodle trays, chicken katsu, meatballs, pork ribs — all delicious, but nothing really surprising.

And then you arrive, bearing a Stuffed Duck ($36) from Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant. Is it any wonder that your fabulous duck is the hit of the party?

Stuffed with ham, shiitake mushrooms, barley, gingko nuts and chestnuts, this traditional dish is an elaborate treat.

“Many places won’t even make it anymore, because of the amount of work and time involved,” says Gary Lam, Golden Palace’s general manager.

Garlic Golden Crispy Chicken ($25)

The duck is first marinated and roasted, then completely deboned and stuffed, and finally steamed.

“Then it’s covered in a house gravy with egg flowers in it and garnished with green onions,” says Lam.

This duck feeds 10-12 and requires a day’s notice, both for dine-in and takeout.

Similarly delicious, Garlic Golden Crispy Chicken ($25) is liberally rubbed with Chinese spices in and out and garnished on completion with deep-fried minced garlic.

“The chef preps the skin so it comes out crispy,” notes Lam. “It sounds like a simple dish, but it’s all about the taste.”

Golden Palace’s Salt & Pepper Shrimp is also a perfect addition to any holiday table. At $8.95, the gently piquant shrimp are “toss-fried” with jalapeno peppers, green onions, minced garlic and a special spice blend.

Golden Palace is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, even Christmas. Lam says the restaurant’s banquet hall still has a few open dates for holiday parties.

“We host all sizes, from a few friends getting together up to 400-plus people,” he adds.

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant’s banquet hall is also available to rent as a venue without catering.

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