you have no choice. It will always be a set menu, yet favored by all.
It is the kind of home setting
for the most well-rounded dining experience.
I found this restaurant on
the backside of the Back Sea, with only one table to serve its guests.
A strange dining manner to abide by here is that there will be no menu
available and you are supposed to enjoy whatever comes out of the kitchen,
prepared to the rate as required by you ( minimum 50 usd per person for
the tradition , NOT for the imagination ).
its door hang two white light boxes illuminating the words written on
it " No 11 Yang Fang " without anything indicating food or beverage. No
wonder many people would still feel so uncertain even when standing by
its entrance - " Am I at the world famous restaurant ? ". By entering
the small yard through the inner Chinese styled arch gate, I could see
the 10-person round table occupying the most space of the small room inside.
Right on the wall hangs the famous calligraphy by Pu Jie, younger brother
of the last emperor of China, offering the name of this place " Li Family
The owner of this restaurant,
Mr Li Shan Ling, is a retired professor of Application Mathematics from
the Capital Business and Trade University.
I did not expect to see so
many celebrities having once dined here. Professor Li is not so fond of
having their pictures elegantly framed on the wall. I later learned about
the pride and their undisclosed excitement from the albums: Bill Gates,
Muhammed Ali, Former Prime Minister of Australia Hawk, former Prime Minister
of Canada Clark, former Prime Minister of Great Britain Heath, President
of Iceland, family members from Rockefeller, senior executives from GM,
Dupont, Morgen, etc. Professor Li said this small room was visited mostly
by foreign guests instead of Chinese except a few who dined here very
often including Deng Pu Fang - son of the former president of China Deng
Xiao Ping, Mei Bao Jiu - son of Mei Lan Fang the top Peking Opera actor,
Pu Jie and Ge You - popular comic actor .
the albums, I also found a number of foreign ambassadors in China who
had the keen interest here. American Ambassadors from US embassy had been
here more than 5 times, and all Japanese Ambassadors had definitely taken
this choice of without-menu choice.
Professor Li said that Li Family
Dishes were not an inheritance from ancestors but the creation of the
present family. Li's greatgrandfather was a senior courtier in the Security
Office in Qing Dynasty (1864 -1911) supervising the safety of both the
inner court and the daily food served for the emperor and imperial family
members. All daily cartes from the imperial kitchen, with details of the
dish names, main condiments, matching seasonings and the way of making,
should be first examined and approved by the Security Office. Over the
years, the greatgrandfather of professor Li bore most in his mind and
recorded it on paper during his later life. Professor Li was born to be
gourmet and was in the lucky position to be able to read those words from
his greatgrandfather and try his initial skill in the kitchen from his
childhood. " My father would regard it as a career without prospect, and
I was so often punished by him with his duster." Professor Li recalled.
Li Family Restaurant Menu Package