The Hyatt Hotel is one of Manila’s grandest and for me one of the more accessible five-star hotels in the metro. I live maybe 20 minutes away, and after this luncheon I had, I began wondering why we didn’t visit the restaurants here a little more. I was invited to an intimate lunch at Li Li’s Restaurant a few days ago to sample the restaurant’s lauded dimsum dishes alongside a couple of other cool kids (READ: really talented bloggers). It was my first time being formally invited to an event like this, so I was a mixture of nerves and excitement. Aside from the delicious food, the other great part was getting to meet other bloggers like myself. I’m actually a shy person but I somehow managed to be less awkward, and in the end I had a lot of fun and ate a lot of dimsum!
Speaking of dimsum, I am a huuuuge dimsum lover. If you’ve been following this blog, you’d know I made a promise to myself to cook every single recipe from my favourite dimsum cookbook. Apart from that, almost every month, my two best friends and I go out for a dimsum date where we always end up stuffing our faces full of har gao and radish cake. But if I thought what we did during those times already qualified as “stuffing” ourselves, boy was I wrong. Eating here at Li Li’s, now this is the real deal.
Hyatt’s Li Li Restaurant is inspired by the life and the home of Li Li. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and because she belonged to an affluent Chinese family, she was able to study in La Sorbonne in Paris. Her love for both the Chinese culture and the Parisian lifestyle led her to make the decision of settling in Paris with a mission to introduce her rich Chinese cultural heritage to the Europeans. She then opened a gallery specializing in Asian fine arts. During one of her visits to Geneva to attend an Asian-themed art exhibit, she met and was swept off her feet by Vince, a French UN Ambassador for Culture.
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By jove, she cooks!
That’s the thought that enters my mind whenever I can tear myself away from the baking books long enough to cook something. To tell you honestly, I’m a bigger fan of eating “real” food compared to pastries and sweets, however for one reason or another, I like the act of baking a lot more. I’m guessing that’s about to change, now that I’ve gotten started with the cooking part with the help of Ms. Bee Yin Low!
The first cooking recipe I featured here (which was amazing by the way!) was from her Rasa Malaysia blog, the Asian cuisine blog I surf and bookmark the heck out of. So when I found out Ms. Bee was going to come out with a cookbook, no hesitation even entered my mind. I immediately pre-ordered it, and as expected I was not disappointed. I’ve made it a mission to cook every single thing in here, and to absorb it into my personal repertoire of recipes that I will more than happily cook for my family on a regular basis. We are really big on Asian food here, and it’s not just because I am Asian, but in my opinion, Asian food is truly one of the best and most varied in the world. I’ve been working on collecting as many Asian recipes and cookbooks that have a focus on them as I can, so if any of you have suggestions that are not on my wishlist, please do leave the title and author at the comments section below!
Anyway, as I mentioned, although I want to cook everything in Ms. Bee’s cookbook, I won’t necessarily be sharing all of the recipes here. Some perhaps, but I will most probably write about my experiences on eating and preparing the dishes, coupled with a photo or two of the finished product. That’s just my little way of promoting a book that deserves as much attention as it can be given.
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The Lunar New Year comes rather early this year, at the tails of my birthday no less! We’ve hardly had any time to breathe and properly digest all the birthday food and suddenly here comes the New Year food. Though I must admit, we don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year as much as the other people who follow the lunar calendar do, because where I live, we follow the Western calendar and celebrate more of the same things that Westerners do. But being Chinese, it’s only natural that we would do a little bit of the traditions passed on to us by our ancestors. Temple visits and incense lighting aside, I decided to make these adorable little pineapple tarts that seem to make its way around the blogosphere most prominently around this time.