New Year @ Lili’s Yum Cha — Dimsum Buffet!


New Year’s Day is usually spent at home and we follow the tradition of absolutely no spending on Jan. 1 otherwise, you will be continuously spending all your money throughout the entire year. Yesterday was unique since we have to celebrate my brother’s birthday on January 1 since I will be out on a trip to Cebu starting tomorrow. Therefore, this was the perfect time to eat in delicious cantonese cooking at Lili’s @ Hyatt Casino. I’ve been hearing about Lili’s for its delicious Chinese fine dining that would rival or be even better than Shang Palace @ Makati Shang or Summer Palace @ Edsa Shang.

Lili is famous for its Sunday Lunch Yum Cha or Dimsum Buffet. For 1,388++ per person, you get to enjoy the most traditional and finest selection of dim sum specialties. It already includes a Shark’s fin soup (deliciously great!), drink-all-you-can iced/hot tea and local beers. It was soo delicious that I had to postpone the start of my diet just to taste all the dimsum specialties. By the way, the place is really nice and the ambiance is soo photogenic that I decided to write a separate posts on our pictorials @ Lili’s. They have themed rooms that is worth reserving. Two rooms are worth mentioning which is the wine room (good for 12-15), for a minimum booking of P15,000 for lunch and P18,000 for dinner; and the Library for a minimum booking of P12,000 (lunch) and P15,000 dinner (this is the biggest room).

We should have prepared an eating plan (which I just learned from Lori) before going to the dimsum buffet . But apparently, we did not know what to expect when we visited to we ended up ordering all the dimsum selections and we had to finish all of them since it is a no leftovers buffet. So its like impulsive ordering and eating of chinese dimsum 🙂 For those of you who would like to try out Lili’s Yum Cha, check this out and decide on an eating plan.

Sharks Fin Dumpling with Crab Meat and Bamboo Piths in Bouillon (can you see the fins? yummy!)

Barbequed Pork Belly

Steamed Rice Rolls with Shredded Chicken/ Shrimps

Baked Puff Pastry filled with Honey Barbequed Pork

Roasted Chicken Wings Glazed with Honey

Poached Seasonal Vegetables with Oyster Sauce

Deep Fried Salmon Head and Belly with Pepper Salt (deliciously good for a deep fried dimsum)

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings “Har Gao” (We ordered 5 of these!)

Fried Rice with Diced Chicken and Bacon

Steamed Pork Dumplings “Chiu Chow” Style

Deep Fried Chicken Spring Rolls and Deep Fried Seafood Rolls with Salad Cream

Fried Rice Vermicelli “Singapore” Style

Braised E-Fu noodle with Minced Pork and Eggplants

Steamed Egg Custard Buns

Honeycomb Crust Taro Dumplings with Seafood (Better order this if you like Taro)

Baked Egg Custard Tart and Deep Fried Sesame Balls (Yummy Chinese Desserts!)

Steamed Lotus Seed Paste Dumplings

Steam Rice Rolls with Barbequed Pork

Steamed Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Pork Dumplings with Fly Fish Roes “Sio Mai”

Steamed Spare Ribs with Minced Garlic

Braised Beancurd Sheet Rolls in Abalone Sauce

The best chili, drink-all-you-can iced tea and hot tea. (The ice tea was delicious)

Lili Chinese Restaurant
5th Floor Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. del Pilar
Malate, Manila 1004
Tel# 245 1234


2 thoughts on “New Year @ Lili’s Yum Cha — Dimsum Buffet!

  1. Finally – nkarating din ako dito! They are onto best of Shanghainese cuisine (Ayan!Baka may hang-up ka pa, pwede mo puntahan :P) this month and it’s the 1st that they are inviting a chef specializing on a regional cuisine. If it pays daw, they might invite others (maybe, Szechuan naman?) more regularly.
    Overall experience is fine but I think we are still sticking with Edsa Shang.Comparable naman ung food (and price) but it’s too quiet to look like a typical Sunday HK dimsum eating place.
    Tried those dishes you put 5 stars with – I don’t like the Fried Salmon Head though because its too malansa. But I kinda expected it na coz usually dishes that are fried are no longer fresh na 🙁
    I found the Xiao Long Bao’s skin too thick. But my bro philosophized that, maybe, it was made thick so that the skin won’t get punctured easily. But I still think thick dimsum skin is a big X.
    Aprub yung desserts (actually they are not too sweet so we love them hehe) — (1) red date puff pastry (kudos for making me finally find a Chinese pastry that won’t just disintegrate with a bite :P)(2)the egg custard tart (but a bit “fragile” that I can not help think that if there’s one wrong measure, the pastry shell will disintegrate)(3) pumpkin balls (love the milky taste that was hidden somewhere in the balls)
    Go and try these(mga Shanghainese inspired food) — (1) Shao Xing Chicken (parang pinalasing na Chicken hehe) (2)Chicken Shrimp Wonton Soup (you will see the chicken bones cracking and the soup getting creamy – the excellent signs that it’s been cooked for a certain time)

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