annie chun’s dinner party

This dinner party started like all of the other dinner parties I have.

With prosecco. Prosecco with ume plum wine to be exact.  I was lucky enough to participate in an Annie Chun’s Dinner Party, which meant I was to host an Asian Dinner Party, choosing between Korean, Thai or Chinese fare. I decided to go with a Korean theme, mainly because the Korean Flank Steak recipe sounded amazing!


Starters: Chicken and Pork Pot Stickers, Rice Crackers & Roasted Seaweed

Main: Korean Flank Steak with Sticky Rice, Pickled Cucumber Salad and Sigumchi Namul (Korean Seasoned Spinach)

Dessert: Black Sticky Rice with Coconut Mango Ice Cream

This dinner party was a lot of fun to plan – with a little guidance from Annie Chun’s and plenty of creative room – I decided on a menu that like most of my dishes, is healthy, simple, full of vegetables and delicious as ever.

The starters were Pork and Chicken with Vegetable Pot Stickers served alongside some Rice Crackers and Roasted Seaweed for munching. (We did have a slight fiasco with the pot stickers sticking to the pan because I don’t think I used enough oil, but thankfully my guests didn’t judge me too much and they still tasted good!) :)

A marinade of Korean BBQ sauce and gochujang sauce flavored the Flank Steak impeccably, and the Taster cooked it to perfection! After some quick internet searches for some side dishes to go along with the Korean Steak I decided on a pickled cucumber salad (so simple!) and Sigumchi Namul. Both side dishes allowed me to do most of the prep work ahead of time and the great thing about spinach is that it literally takes 2 minutes to cook. Since there would be rice twice during the meal, I knew I wanted strictly veggie sides. The greens also add a beautiful contrast to the plate.

Dessert was easy. But I can’t really take credit for it. You see, desserts have never really been my strong point and I just happen to know someone who makes home-made ice cream in all sorts of flavors. Yes, home-made! So Kate made some Coconut Mango Ice Cream for me and I served it over the black sticky rice. The ice cream was great – not too sweet, with hints of mango and coconut. It really was the perfect ending.

It is actually quite rare for me to have dinner parties. I love to entertain, but because our table only seats 4 and our dishes are less than desirable, entertaining is usually limited to appetizers and cocktails. Since this was a bit of a special meal, I also wanted to really think about the table settings and decorations. Just like dessert, decorating is not something I really excel at so I wanted to keep it simple. Flowers and candles were easy, and always warm up a table; and the little cards on each place setting read Jalmukesumneda, which essentially means, I’m looking forward to this meal.

And I really was. :)

Annie Chun’s provided me with various products and compensation for other ingredients for hosting this dinner party.


  1. says

    It sounds like you had a great dinner party! Our table only seats 4 also, so I have a lot of appetizer type parties as well. It sounds like you did a great job with this party!

  2. says

    oh yeah! glad the ice cream worked out. i was super nervous that it would become a huge ice block in the freezer :)

    the dinner looks lovely. i have been inspired by eastern flavors lately.

  3. mary beth hughes says

    having been there i can say this meal was incredible! the meal was packed with flavor. just what we needed in the midst of winter. oh kate’s ice cream was amazing!!

  4. says

    This? Is flippin awesome. I love everything, especially the food (duh) and the bamboo centerpiece. Very chic.

    Excuse my ignorance but what exactly is black sticky rice? Besides the obvious. What kind of taste does it have?

    Congrats on a favulous dinner party!

    • Emily says

      It doesn’t really taste much different from regular rice, but is a beautiful dark, color. Maybe a little nuttier tasting too…

  5. says

    Yum! I love entertaining and I don’t have a table at all in my tiny house! I find that guests like informal dinner parties because it puts them at ease :)

    Your menu is so colorful and delicious! You should post the black sticky rice recipe if you have one – I’d love to make it!

  6. says

    This is beautiful! I am inspired to have more dinner parties now (usually we don’t for the same reasons as you – small table, small house, you get the picture). Also, that black sticky rice is very intriguing…

  7. says

    Wow, I’m actually very impressed with your table setting. I love the small rectangle dishes that you served the cucumber salad in. What an exquisite night!


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