4 (Tue) August 2015
Scallops with Broccoli
at Li Li (New World Manila Bay)
with the wife & kids
Summer Vacation, Day 4 (see previously 6.210 Liempo).
2 full weeks with the wife and kids, the longest that we’ve been together since I relocated to Manila. 1 week in the Philippines, followed by 1 week in Korea. They arrived Saturday afternoon. We fly back this coming Saturday.
As per protocol, a trip to Manila wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Li Li (see most recently 6.150 Roasted Chicken Marinated in Garlic).
The scallop and broccoli dish was amazing. An off-menu item suggested by our server when I indicated that we wanted something simple. Indeed, the dish was sauceless yet perfectly seasoned in a light soy-based glaze with a delicate wisp of wok-char — essentially the same as the scallop and broccoli dish at a different place a couple weeks back (see 6.200 Scallops with Broccoli). Even better here, the scallops were pan-seared — highly unusual in Chinese cuisine — to enhance both texture and taste. No question, this was the best scallop dish that I’ve ever experienced. An immediate all-time family favorite.