San Francisco Writers Conference Advisory Board member Harvey Pawl again invited the speakers and volunteers to be his guests at a Chinese banquet at Great Eastern on Jackson Street. We met up in the hotel lobby and took advantage of the warm weather to walk through Grant Street to the restaurant. The street fair was just ending, but there was still a lot to look at, and we temporarily lost a few of our people to shopping.
As soon as everyone was finally present and seated, we were served a platter of fried shrimp dumplings. Crisp on the outside, tender shrimp on the inside. Unfortunately, Angela wasn't there to remind me to take a picture of the insides of the dumplings before I gobbled my share.
Quickly following the shrimp were golden pumpkin fries. Again, crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
Then it was more shrimp, this time sauteed with cashew nuts and vegetables.
The shrimp was followed by steamed supreme chicken.
And a platter of beef with ginger and scallion.
Deluxe mixed vegetables
were quickly followed by a perfect Peking duck with steamed buns. The skin was delightfully crisp, with no fat underneath.
More veggies! Sauteed mustard greens with deep fried bean cake and Chinese mushrooms.
Fried rice finished the meal. There was also white rice on the table for those who wanted it.
And, of course, a fortune cookie.