Amongst all weddings in Asia, Indian weddings are extremely famous for their food and traditional rituals that bond two people for eternity. The marriage ceremony often stays as drawing discussions due to their emotional value. Being so closed to heart, it therefore gets crucial for the host to put their best foot forward and organize the ceremony in the best ways possible.
Out of all the wedding preparations, catering and food are vital ingredients that add on the most. Therefore the first thing to consider while thinking of the ceremonies is to look for an Asian catering company that delivers local cuisines in a foreign land and thus recreates that nostalgic feel for all the guests and specialises in weddings and receptions. However as Asia has many different kinds of cuisines, it gets important to check the competency of the various Asian wedding catering companies.
Though most hosts, mostly Indians and Pakistanis living in London, root for Indian or Pakistani food due to their guest, it is also important to find an Asian wedding catering company that can deliver a wide range of food items. To further accentuate the experience, ensure that Asian wedding catering companies are experienced as well can handle different themes and setting easily.
Essentials for Asian Wedding Catering
An Asian wedding catering company should not only be proficient with different tastes but also be adept at hosting events as well as managing the entire event till its eventuality. The following aspects of an Asian wedding catering must, therefore, be checked.
Catering does not only involves serving of food or welcoming drink but it also includes, glassware, crockery, cutlery, table cloths and napkins, serving utensils, candelabras, silk flowers and also the way the catering is done. There has been lot of new concepts added in the way catering is done so check for how much the Asian wedding catering companies are updated and what arrangements they can make easily.
Silver Service Meal
Guests are served by the waiter/ waitress or the dishes are placed on the individual tables for the guest to help themselves.
Multi Dish Karahi Stand Service
Under this service Karahi stand holds are kept at the time of serving the guests. These stands keep the food warm by getting a candle placed under the copper karahi dishes and guests help themselves.
Buffet meal is the most popular option among the Asians for the weddings or for the occasions where large number of guests has to be served. Such arrangements are made in the hall and the staff is engaged in serving the guests as well as maintaining the appropriate quantity of food.
Asian Wedding Catering: The Food & Wine
Normally, three- course meal is served by Asian wedding catering companies including the drinks/ soups/ juices. As Asian weddings are incomplete without a huge menu comprising of different food cuisines including Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Lebanese, Thai, and others, better Asian wedding catering companies always offer you a huge list of food items to select from.
Mentioned below are a few food options that Asian wedding catering companies normally are proficient with:
The real essence of Indian food lies in the Indian spices, which provides aroma to the dishes. Normally Indian food is spicy. However for events such as weddings, it is best advised to ask for lesser spicy food that people with different taste can enjoy.
Some of the dishes which are mostly added to any Indian cuisine are mixed vegetable, Shahi Panner, kadhai Paneer, Dal Makhani, In the non vegetarian menu food items like kadayi chicken, Biryani, Korma and stew are popular.
Thai cuisine is famous for its good blend of hot and chilly spices. As Thai food is predominantly sea food, ingredients such as fishes and herbs are the most common ingredients. Most Thai cuisine are made after stirring, baking or grilling. Coconut milk is the most important ingredient used in a plethora of Thai dishes.
Thai desserts normally have dishes made of mangoes, papaya, grapes or melon.
Lebanese cuisine belongs to the western Asia and is normally made up of starch, vegetables and fishes. Lebanese cuisines are based on poultry more than red meat. The food items are mostly baked, grilled or sauté in the olive oil. Creams and butter are avoided. The focus is kept on the herbs, fresh ingredients with the right amount of spices. ‘Mezze’ is the drink served with Lebanese food. One famous Lebanese desert is Baklava.
Japanese cuisine is famously known for its freshness and the relationship with the seasons. Japanese cuisines combine the staple food items like rice and noodles together with some soup and okazu. Most dishes are made using fish, vegetables, meat and even tofu. The essence is added by using dashi, miso and also soy sauce.
A standard Japanese meal includes different types of okazu accompanied wit the white Japanese rice and a bowl of soup with some pickles.
Russian cuisines have a combination of good quantity of poultry, mushrooms, berries, fishes and honey as their ingredients. Rice, wheat and millet are also used for pancakes, cereals, beer and vodka. Russian cuisine exudes flavourful soups and strews.
Asian Wedding Catering Companies and Knowledge of Culture
Besides the food, the biggest differentiator between Asian weddings and western weddings is the traditions and culture. Therefore it gets central to the selection procedure that the Asian catering company you choose, have professionals that understand the various traditions and thus stay ahead of time for effective arrangements. After all, every tradition stays so close to the hearts of the guests as well as the families that a slight delay or disorganization can mar the fun.
Therefore knowledge of the various traditions and the way they are practiced is central for any Asian wedding catering company. The staff should be completely aware and organized. Normally, wedding catering companies assign one team head for every occasion to supervise the various elements of the party. Therefore, check for all these factors in any Asian wedding catering company to make the best decision.