Wedding Foods

July 29, 2010 at 4.04p07 (Theme of Wedding Styles)


Malay foods:

They served three varieties of rice at the wedding; plain white rice, nasi minyak (Malay for scented rice) and nasi briyani (Malay for rice with spices). Traditionally nasi minyak is always served at Malay weddings. The rice is cooked with butter, ginger, coconut milk and spices. The nasi briyani has saffron and spices that makes it slightly yellowish and full of flavour.

nasi minyak/nasi briyani

The food was served buffet style so everyone can help themselves to what they want. They had this special Daging Kerbau Gulai Ah Tok, which is buffalo meat cooked in this Kelantanese style curry.

gulai daging

This is beef rendang, a must have in Malay weddings which was yummy. I always pick out the gravy to eat with my rice rather than the beef cubes. According to the caterer, this rendang was cooked using the Minangkabau style. Not sure what’s the difference from the normal ones but it was a lot more creamier than the usual rendangs we get at the Malay stalls.

rendang daging/ayam

This is some cooked pumpkin which was not too great as there was not much flavor to it.

One of my favourites.Pajeri Nenas which is pineapple cooked in a thick and sweet kerisik flavoured sauce.Kerisik refers to toasted grated coconut that is used in most Malay dishes.

This is the Ayam Masak Merah, another typical Malay dish where the chicken is cooked in a spicy red tomato sauce. Another must have in weddings.

These were the condiments they served, the achar which are pickled vegetables and the yummy sambal belachan which was nice and spicy.


yummy sambal

They also served some mixed vegetables that consists of sliced cucumbers, pineapples and onions tossed in vinegar.

mixed of vegetables

Chinese foods:

Here are several symbolic Chinese foods:

1. Eggs

Eggs hold a special symbolic significance in many cultures, and China is no exception. The Chinese believe eggs symbolize fertility. After a baby is born, parents may hold a “red egg and ginger party,” where they pass out hard boiled eggs to announce the birth. (In some regions of China the number of eggs presented depends on the sex of the child: an even number for a girl, and an odd number if a boy has been born).

2. Noodles

Noodles are a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. They are as much a part of a Chinese birthday celebration as a birthday cake with lit candles is in many countries. Since noodles do symbolize long life, it is considered very unlucky to cut up a strand.

3. Fish

Although westerners sometimes balk at the sight of a entire fish lying on a plate, in China a fish served whole is a symbol of prosperity. In fact, at a banquet it is customary to serve the whole fish last, pointed toward the guest of honor. Fish also has symbolic significance because the Chinese word for fish, yu, sounds like the word for riches or abundance, and it is believed that eating fish will help your wishes come true in the year to come.

4. Duck

If you are ever invited to a Chinese wedding banquet, don’t be surprised to spot a mouthwatering platter of Peking duck on the banquet table. Ducks represent fidelity in Chinese culture. Also, red dishes are featured at weddings as red is the color of happiness. (You’ll find them served at New Year’s banquets for the same reason.)

5. Chicken

In Chinese culture, chicken forms part of the symbolism of the dragon and phoenix. At a Chinese wedding, chicken’s feet (sometimes referred to as phoenix feet) are often served with dragon foods such as lobster. Chicken is also popular at Chinese New Year, symbolizing a good marriage and the coming together of families (serving the bird whole emphasizes family unity).

6. Seeds (lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, etc)

Visit an Asian bakery during the Chinese New Year, and you’re likely to find a wide assortment of snacks with different types of seeds in them. The seed-filled treats represent bearing many children in Chinese culture.

7. Fruit – Tangerines, Oranges and Pomelos

Tangerines and oranges are passed out freely during Chinese New Year as the words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth, respectively. As for pomelos, this large ancestor of the grapefruit signifies abundance, as the Chinese word for pomelo sounds like the word for “to have.”

8. Cake

And what about the sweet, steamed cakes that are so popular during the Chinese New Year season? Cakes such as Sticky Rice Cake have symbolic significance on many levels. Their sweetness symbolizes a rich, sweet life, while the layers symbolize rising abundance for the coming year. Finally, the round shape signifies family reunion.

9. Don’t Forget the Vegetables!

Chinese garlic chives symbolize eternity, while cone-shaped winter bamboo shoots are a symbol of wealth.

“Do not dismiss the dish saying that it is just, simply food. The blessed thing is an entire civilization in itself.” (Abdulhak Sinasi )…/foodsymbolism.htm

abalon n patchoi

chinese foods

Indian foods:

Apart from their lavish décor and pomp celebrations, Indian weddings are known for their sumptuous food. Any wedding is considered incomplete withoutdelicious food. In India, the arrangement of the wedding day food is done by the parents of the bride. Though the menu is decided according to their wish, at times the approval of the groom’s family is also taken. The groom’s family is given prime importance in any wedding alliance and therefore, the preparation of the food is prepared in the best possible manner, in order to please them.

Traditionally, the food for the wedding was cooked by skilled cooks. Nowadays, people’s preferences are changing and quite a number of them opt for catering services. However, one should make this decision wisely. In case of catering services, the first thing to do is to decide your menu. The menu is decided keeping in mind your budget. Remember the idea is to choose a good caterer, who provides you with food of your choice within your budget. After you choose the caterer, all the arrangements are done by them.

The Indian wedding feast usually commences with appetizers, which are served before the main meal is served. The appetizers are usually both vegetarian and non vegetarian to cater to all guest. It can comprise of traditional starter meals of the specific region the couple belongs to. In some regional weddings, drinks are also served. At times, there are even separate counters or stalls for beverages. The drinks which are usually served comprise of soft drinks, mocktails, wine, whiskey, etc.
This is followed by the main course meal. The main course meal usually contains four to five vegetable dishes, different types of daals, pulao and breads. This is complimented with various salads and other condiments. The main course meal is strictly in accordance with the culture and region of the couple. It also comprises of both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. The meal is the heaviest and grandest of all and showcases the best delicacies of any cuisine.

After the primary meal is over, the guests are treated with desserts. Desserts are sweet items, which are served to ease the spicy and tingling taste of the meal. The sweet section comprises of traditional items depending upon the ethnicity of the families. However, the seasonal sweets and ice creams are always given preference. This is because they are liked by all owing to their universal popularity and appeal. Subsequently, the Indian wedding feast comes to an end with Paan or‘Vida’. This is prepared by stuffing a betel leaf with betel nuts, spices and sugar, according to taste.


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