7.085 Pilot – Alpha


30 (Wed) March 2016

Stir-Fried Sweet & Sour Pork, Sweet Fruits


at Li Li

(New World Manila Bay)

-Malate, Manila-

with K staff, WR KHM et al.

The past two days devoted to testing dishes for potential inclusion on the inaugural menu (see previously 7.084 Braised Assorted Wild Mushrooms…), tonight was the first official K staff dinner hosted at Li Li — bidding farewell to an old member of the family and welcoming a new one.

Yeung Chow-Style Fried Rice : wasn’t part of the plan, but one of the guests suddenly asked for fried rice (even with steamed rice already on the table).

The Sweet & Sour Pork was okay.  Included to represent pork, as well as something deep-fried.  All-time favorite for Koreans (see generally 5.025 Tangsu Yuk).  Though never having tried the dish here, I was confident enough in the kitchen to order it on faith.   Respectable if unremarkable.

5 orders of the Chilled Mango Pudding, split in half to make 10; the manager insisted on charging for additional sesame “tweels,” which turned out to be 57 pesos each (compared to 208 pesos for the whole dessert).  

The pilot menu, version alpha, comprising 9 courses = 7 dishes previously sampled + 2 first-time dishes:

Near perfection, except for the 2 first-time dishes.  Best meal that I’ve orchestrated in Manila yet (see also 6.337 Pipa Tofu (Maria Orosa), 6.233 The New Spread… (Golden Fortune), 5.332 The Pilot Spread (Tao Yuan), 5.249 Deep-Fried Tofu… (Seafood Market)), though I wasn’t in a position to enjoy it, being under pressure to ensure that the service proceeded smoothly.

With a few adjustments, Pilot – Beta looks promising.

2 thoughts on “7.085 Pilot – Alpha

  1. kudos to the pilot menu version alpha! looking so good…in particular, the chilled mango pudding! i will try that one next time i’m in town 🙂

  2. Li Li is much much better than TY.

    then again, my overall impression of TY was negatively influenced by the torture of TEITY.

    which is why I refuse to do the same kind of thing with Li Li.

    anyway, looking forward to your next visit, wherever we end up eating!

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