The interiors of Lili exude elegance in a modern Chinese setting. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- Lili, the award-winning Chinese restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila, is offering its luxurious dim sum in an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for only P888.
Often touted as one of the best Cantonese restaurants in the metro, Lili added new seafood dim sum dishes to the buffet menu.
Fish dumpling. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
One can start with the Fish Dumpling. With its whimsical appearance, the dim sum immediately caught our eye. Biting into it, the inside had fish cooked perfectly, very flavorful and delicate.
Crab dumpling. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
For those who enjoy crab, the Crab Dumpling is not to be missed---crab meat goodness with crispy fried shallots on top.
Another seafood favorite was the Nori and Egg-wrapped Seafood Dim sum, with the seafood nicely accentuated by the crisp asparagus and the salty tang of the nori. A variation of this dim sum had fish roe, which added a nice salty kick.
Barbequed Pork Belly. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
Barbequed Pork Belly, Lili's version of Lechon Macau, had super crispy flavorful skin, which gave a wonderful salty balance to the richness of the pork and fat, while the mustard condiment gave us a nice piquant zing.
Steamed Glutinous Rice with Assorted Meat in Lotus Leaf. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
The classic machang gets a gourmet twist as Lili’s Steamed Glutinous Rice with Assorted Meat in Lotus Leaf. The lotus leaf gave the dish an earthy aroma and a unique robust taste. Unlike the large servings of machang that we commonly see, the serving size of this dim sum is small, but still very filling, so feel free to order two or more servings. It went very well between bites of pork belly.
Baked Barbecued Pastry Puff with Apple. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
Baked Barbecued Pastry Puff with Apple was a surprise to find in the buffet. The sweet barbeque taste of the meat with the flaky pastry was a nice contrast to the fried and steamed food on the table.
Lili’s version of siomai was a revelation of how perhaps the world’s most well-known dim sum is supposed to taste like. Fit for a king, the siomai is a must-try!
Har Gao. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
Showing expertise with yet another dim sum favorite, Har Gao (also known to many as Hakaw) is steamed shrimp dumpling with bamboo pith. Har Gao, with its perfectly cooked shrimp, melted in the mouth like ambrosia, easily one of the best versions of the dish that I’ve ever tasted.
Dessert dim sum
White Chocolate Masachi. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
Steamed Malay Cake. Photo by Sandra Ladignon-Pilobello for ABS-CBNnews.com
Essentially a buchi with an oozing white chocolate center, the White Chocolate Masachi was a wonderful end for those of us with a sweet tooth, while those that were less inclined to sweet things were delighted with the Steamed Malay Cake, a rice cake covered in coconut flakes with a velvety custard center.
Other notable dim sum were the Pan-fried Spinach Dumplings, Fried Shrimp Poppers, Deep Fried Bicho Bicho with Shrimp in Wasabi Mayo Sauce, Steamed Pork Buns, Steamed Chicken Feet and the Deep Fried Taro Dumplings with Assorted Seafood.
The Dim sum All-You-Can-Eat Buffet is available from Mondays to Saturdays from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Lili on the 5th floor at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.