When an invitation is extended to you by Ms. Bella Yuchengco, you would be insane NOT to cancel whatever you may have that day and miss an evening of extraordinary dining.
Sunshine Puey Pengson and Bella Yuchengco
The table for 14 was set beautifully. A personal tray with chopsticks, utensils, napkin and sauce dish only made us all antsy with excitement. Most of us skipped lunch so that there would be space for what's to come.
Amidst the fun of storytelling, a lot of oohs and ahhhs were exchanged when the first dish arrived. It was so delicious that we were a bit afraid that two was just not enough. But all worry was put to rest when Tita Bella brought out a plateful of the dumplings. In the end, each of us had 3 or more.
Two Way Dumpling
Not only was the dinner a feast for the eyes, it also awakened our sense of taste and brought it to a new level of standards. Our dilemma? After this, how can we eat normal food ever again?
Simmered Corn Soup, Crab Claw
By now, I am pretty sure you are amazed at how the dishes are plated. The bowls, spoons, plates each came with an interesting story as to how it ended up in Bella's kitchen. A trip to Australia, Tokyo, the US and many more countries are the sources of these wonderful containers.
Minced Beef, Chinese Spaghetti Noodles
Scallop XO Dumplings.
Braised Eggplant in Hot Pot, Lotus Wrapper
Crispy Pork Wedges, Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Ice Cold Almond Jelly, Assorted Summer Fruits
Cheesecake Springroll with Caramel Sauce.
Selection of Coffee and Tea.
As if that gastronomical gift of Tita Bella was not enough, the plan for the next food excursion was on the way. With friends that can cook this well, the word DIET means absolutely nothing.
Thank you very much for making me a part of the gang.