Monday, March 9, 2015

A staycation at the New World Manila Bay and a Chinese lauriat dinner at Li Li. And about a delicious crispy data sushi.

Premier bayview suite of the New World Manila Bay

So last night, in Manila living a #Travelife, I did a staycation at the New World Manila Bay Hotel. This hotel has just recently rebranded, and many still know it as the old Hyatt Regency Manila.

I was really just in the mood to see the sea and to get away from Makati for a bit -- as if I don't do enough getting away as it is, you might be saying.

But, yes, yesterday, I had itchy feet, and I wanted to get out of my neck of the woods.

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So I booked the premiere bayview suite on the Residence Club floor of the New World Manila Bay, which is really a comfortable suite with a lovely view of Manila Bay. It has a well-appointed living room, a very comfortable bedroom and a generously-sized bathroom.

Perfect for a staycation. The Residence Club, too, has a wonderful breakfast, which I will write about in more detail later.

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EXCELLENT CHINESE FOOD
FOR DINNER

For dinner, my companions wanted Chinese food, so I booked Li Li, which is the signature Chinese restaurant of the hotel, even in its old incarnation.

This is a great favourite of many of the Binondo crowd when they want to do fancy Chinese. I like going here as well, especially on a weekend when the traffic isn't so bad.



This has always been one of the nicest and most delicious Chinese restaurants in Manila, and I really put my money where my mouth is on this one, as I use this a lot for celebrations involving Chinese food.

MY BIRTHDAY DINNER AT LI LI

Li Li at the New World Manila Bay

Three years or so ago, I hosted my birthday dinner here and ordered the works, starting with endless rounds of Peking duck as an appetizer, and then having all their specialties.

They have very good meat dishes, and their seafood fried rice is very nice.

Last night, we had a lauriat, although not a groaning one, as it's been one big meal after another for the whole of 2015 so far. Read about our trip to Tokyo to stay at Gora Kadan, Japan's top ryokan, and to eat twice at Noma, the pop-up shop of the #1 restaurant in the world. It's in this current issue of #Travelife Magazine, on sale everywhere now.

THE MOST INTERESTING DISH



One of the most interesting appetizers we had was a crispy pata sushi.

Yes, LiLi is a Chinese restaurant but it served this dish as sushi and it had the crispy pork skin on top.

I have to say that this is a very creative and delicious take on two favourites: crispy pata and sushi. What a deadly combination.

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STICKY RICE. 
JUST THE WAY WE LIKE IT.

First, the rice was really sticky, unlike the Japanese sushi which is just medium in stickiness. But this made it really nice as most of us in this part of the world do like our rice on the sticky and moist side.

Inside the "sushi" was the roast pork meat and on top of this "sushi" was some pungent sauce not unlike lechon sauce.

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THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS CHINESE SUSHI

The piece de resistance was the super thin and crispy skin on top of the "sushi." You know how we all like eating lechon skin separate from the meat, right?

Well, this was like having lechon skin and rice with sauce, except this skin is wafer thin and super crispy. In fact, it was so good that we had to have several orders.

And I think I had a whole order to myself, at the New World Manila Bay last night, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife. 

PS: The crispy pata sushi is my nickname for it. If you do go to Li Li to try it out, I suggest you bring the photo from this blog on your phone or iPad...


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