Special Lunch at Gloria Maris

Bree and her grand aunt
We celebrated the 3rd death anniversary of my uncle. In Chinese tradition the official mourning ends after 3 years and a celebration with family members is held. This is also the time that the family members can start wearing red again.

This picture is special because in it is the youngest member of our family, Bree who is lovingly held by her grand aunt, the most senior.

This was our set menu for lunch.
menu

California maki w/ assorted cold cuts
California maki w/ assorted cold cuts

I don’t know how they did it but I could taste salted eggs on the skin, head and flesh of the prawns. I loved this dish!
fried prawns w/ salted egg
fried prawns w/ salted egg

dried scallops & crabmeat soup
dried scallops & crabmeat soup

If you like taro then you will love this dish. Mixed seafood with fresh spinach covered with soft, creamy mashed taro.
mashed taro w/ seafood & spinach
mashed taro w/ seafood & spinach
mashed taro w/ seafood & spinach

This dish was similar to cua pao wherein you take a piece of fatty braised pork and stuff it in the plain steamed buns. Definitely scrumptious and sinful.
braised pork belly
braised pork belly

steamed buns
steamed buns

The rest are your standard Chinese lauriat fare. The same dishes that should be present in a Chinese celebration. Fish, pigeon and crab.
steamed lapu lapu
steamed lapu lapu

fried pigeon
fried pigeon

salt & pepper fried crabs
salt & pepper fried crabs

The misua or mee sua or miswa is a departure from the usual ‘pancit’. Misua is usually served during one’s birthday thus the term “birthday misua”. It was a welcome change.
misua
misua

Mango pudding is my favorite Chinese dessert. Shaped into a fish and swimming in milk made it even more special! I ate the whole head!
mango pudding
mango pudding

masachi
masachi or mochi (glutinous rice balls stuffed w/ a black sesame filling)

Gloria Maris
Greenhills Shopping Center,
Ortigas Avenue, San Juan
telephone: 722-5508 to 10, 721-3504

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