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Old 04-27-2012, 08:22 PM   #11
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Where in Asia are you, that they consider lasagna a meager meal? Big green salad with some tomatoes and cucumbers and some red onions with nice red wine or some balsamic vinegar plus garlic bread is a good meal for me. And I am from Ukraine - we like to eat. If that is not enough serve some soup, maybe Italian wedding soup, to keep it with the theme.
CharlieD, I was looking for you to see if you have a suggestion. I like a Ukrainian salad - tomatoes and onions sliced thin with a sour cream dressing and dill sprinkled on. Perhaps add mayo to the sour cream and mix to taste.
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Wow! Thanks! The cavalry to the rescue. Yes, it is a clash of cultures. I usually have 6-8 guests in my home, so must have 6-8 dishes, not including rice or appetizers, or soup, for that matter. If i am following the stricter idea, the meal should include one pork dish, one beef, one chicken and one fish/seafood. If there are enough people also a duck dish as well. And there are certain numbers to avoid - 4 is a no-no because the Chinese words for "4" and "death" sound the same. Appetizers, on top of this, will make a Chinese crowd feel very special. So, a meal for 8 people would include 3-4 appetizers, 8 dishes (included 3 meats and one seafood), rice and soup - maybe 2 kinds of soups. Variety of tastes, colors and textures is important in planning a meal.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:11 PM   #13
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If i am following the stricter idea, the meal should include one pork dish, one beef, one chicken and one fish/seafood. If there are enough people also a duck dish as well. And there are certain numbers to avoid - 4 is a no-no because the Chinese words for "4" and "death" sound the same. Appetizers, on top of this, will make a Chinese crowd feel very special.
You're making me smile reminding me of the pleasures of going out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant with a large party. And also reminding me of the well known Chinese superstitious nature regarding numbers.

I'm assuming you're cooking Italian and want suggestions for additional Italian courses. (It makes no sense to me serving non-Italian courses with lasagna.) So I suggest some sort of shrimp scampi or calamari. Perhaps osso buco: Ossobuco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here's a Wikipedia article you should read: Meal structure in Italy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Or just cook traditional Chinese cuisine. If I lived in China (or Taiwan) that's what I'd do, but I'm a Chinese food enthusiast.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:37 PM   #14
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I'm with Gourmet Greg - stay with Chinese, unless you wanted to add something like a Ukrainian mushroom soup. I think that might work. Good luck! I've just learned a lot about Chinese meals.
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All I can say is omigosh.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:15 AM   #16
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Just a comment to Gormet Greg. Thanks for posting your website - I took a quick look and it looks like a good place to find some new ideas. My cooking was starting to become blah and I need to freshen up the menu for the family. Thanks again. :)
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