The menu included:
A "Thai-inspired" soup, with lemongrass (grown in my own garden), shrimp, chili, coconut, and pineapple.
Appetizers of Japanese sushi, Korean kimchee, Vietnamese spring rolls, and homemade Chinese sesame noodles.
The main courses were a basic Asian stir-fry with chicken, black fungus, and mixed vegetables and a Philippine dish "escabeche"....cooked fish and vegetables pickled with vinegar and served room temperature or even cool.
Drinks included a good, cloudy sake, Japanese shochu made into various cocktails, and a couple of suntory whiskeys. I wished I had something boozy from somewhere other than Japan, but.....well.....it still didn't suck. LOL
The table set with the first round of appetizers and soup. (BTW, that's Wally in the upper left hand corner.
Everyone had a really good time and no one even complained about the Japanese flute music playing incessantly through dinner. The reason for making the menu so ethnically varied is because not everyone on our guest list likes everything from one particular cuisine. So rather than an entire Thai menu, or entire Vietnamese dinner, it was just better doing a mix. And......it was great to finally use these plates in this house!