Lis Shanghai Private Kitchen
[hông' kông'] n.
1. a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China, formerly
a British Crown Colony 2. also known as a foodie's heaven|
[nösh] Slang ~ n.
1. food or a meal ~ vb
2. to eat.
Flat 6A, Victoria Court
54-56 Hing Fat
Dinner, HK$280, cash only,
3 days advance booking required.
This is the real private kitchen experience. Unlike most of the other private kitchens reviewed here, we ate in Mr. Lis home itself, surrounded by his artworks and family paraphenalia. This was where the Li family lived their everyday life, this was where he taught his art students and spent time with his wife and children. Their willingness to open up their home to strangers out of a love for food was astonishing and ultimately incredibly charming.
The food is true home-cooking -- fresh ingredients simply prepared to bring out the natural flavours. The drunken chicken was tender with just the right amount of alcohol and the crispy fish was so beautifully deep-fried that one could crunch right through even its head. There are interesting offerings too -- a tender underwater plant shoot that is only available in the summer and steamed meatballs with diced water chestnuts covered with glutinous rice. What stays with you in the end is the warmth and generosity of Mr. Li. Heres a man who loves to share his food, his art, his life experiences and wisdom. You will most likely find better Shanghainese food elsewhere but you will be hard put to find another gem of a man like Mr. Li.