Last night, I was at the banquet hall of the Palace - Istana Nurul Iman – for the Official Banquet given by His Majesty in honour of Bouasone Bouphavanh, the Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The previous banquet for a visiting head was almost a year ago when it was a State Banquet for the visiting Indonesian President.
I thought the food wasn’t as lavish as the last one as this was an Official Banquet as opposed to a State Banquet. The Lao Prime Minister is a Head of Government, so this is an Official Banquet. The Indonesian President was a Head of State, so it was a State Banquet. There were also other differences. There was no national anthem, so His Majesty together with the Prime Minister walked in and sat down and a doa selamat was read. Of course, there were still speeches by both His Majesty and the Prime Minister.
As usual, after a banquet, this blog becomes a temporary food blog. The banquet last night was lighter and not so heavy. After the starter and the soup, rice together with a variety of dishes were served at the same time, before dessert was finally served. The sweets at the end were nice but I forgot to take a photo of it – but as one guest remarked – a piece of sweets will send your blood sugar rocketing high. It was that sweet.
Just for the record -
The starter was Timbale of Lobster and Smoked Scallop with Mango Salsa and Lemon Dressing.
The soup was Shredded Chicken Soup with Sharks’ Fins, Crabmeat and Seaweed.
The main course was made up of small portions of the following:
Roulade of Chicken with Soya Bean Sauce,
Baked Lobster with Lemon Sauce,
Roast Rack of Lamb with Porcini Mushrooms and Glazed Shallot Sauce,
Red Garoupa Curry,
Parcel of Stewed Beef in Herb Soya Sauce,
Limpet and Prawn in Dried Chili with Basil and Cashew Nut,
Braised Mixed Vegetables with Coconut Milk,
Butter Mint Rice with Yellow Lentils,
Steamed White Rice, and
Ox Lung Pickle.
The dessert was Chocolate Mille Feuille with Fresh Fruits and Dark Cherry Coulis.