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Global BC’s Sophie Lui Serves Dim Sum With The Celebrities

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You say Dim Sum I say more please!

There is one thing all “celebrities” have in common and that is a very busy calendar. Sophie Lui is no exception, in fact it was harder to schedule a date with her than almost anyone. Between waking up at 2:30 every morning to co-host Global BC Morning News with Steve Darling, training for Tough Mudder, and helping out at Charity events all over the city Sophie Lui is one busy woman. In fact it was at one of her favourite charity events, Celebrity Dim Sum for AIDS Vancouver, that we actually got to sit down to enjoy a 30 Days Of Ethnic Eats culinary adventure. Good food and support for the community all in one go sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday to me.

Sophie Lui Cheers

Chicken Tikka Masala

This year Celebrity Dim Sum is being hosted at Floata Seafood Restaurant at 180 Keefer St in Chinatown. With over 200 fabulous guests in attendance and 14 celebrities (including Sophie Lui & Myself) serving up Dim Sum the room is alive with energy and community support. The way this event works is that each Celebrity is paired up with another and each pair serves one course of the 8 course meal to the assembled guests.

Fiona Forbes, Mary Zilba, Sophie Lui and Colleen Christie

The room is alive with community at Celebrity Dim Sum

Our first course is Hot & Sour Soup, which is perfect for me as I love a little spicy heat. The second course is served by Sophie and her celebrity partner Coleen Christie and is Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow).

Hot and Sour Soup

Sophie Lui and Coleen Christie prepare to serve Har Gow

Sophie serves up some Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings Har Gow

Now that Sophie’s work is done we can re;lax and enjoy the remaining courses. Next up are the Spring Rolls and Steamed Pork Dumplings (Shuimai). Served family style the entire meal encourages conversation with the other guests at the table who were all big fans of Sophie.

Spring Rolls

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Our last savoury course is full of delicious carbs. We are served Young Chow Fried Rice and Mixed Vegetable Chow Mein. I’m more a fan of soft noodles but Sophie is a big fan of the crispy chow mein noodles.

Young Chow Fried Rice

Mixed Vegetable Chow Mein

Our last course puts me to work serving up Mango Pudding while another celebrity duo served up steamed Milk Buns with a custard center. While the milk buns don’t photograph very well they sure are tasty. The Mango Pudding though almost glows which makes you hesitate to try it but do. Pour over a little cream and it’s a tasty pudding the consistency of jello. Don’t let the colour turn you off it’s very yummy.

Mango Pudding

Steamed Milk Buns

All in all a great way to spend a couple of hours. We ate, we raised thousands of dollars for AIDS Vancouver and we had a great time doing it.

Marc and Sophie Lui

Now it’s time for the Five Questions and as always the answers are in Sophie’s own words.

#1 – If you could have any career you wanted other than what you are currently doing what would it be?

world traveller.  Anthony Bourdain’s job.

#2Who’s the first person you call when you have good or bad news?

my Mom.

#3 – What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Cheer up.

#4Have you had a light bulb moment in your life? What was it and what did it mean for you?

When I started to get fit a few years ago and did Tough Mudder – I realized I can do anything.

#5 Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream?


Now it’s time for your almost last chance to enter the 30 Days Of Ethnic Eats Contest!

Enter to win a 30 Days Of Ethnic Eats dining experience with Marc Smith on Oct 15th and a Patak’s product gift basket filled with all sorts of goodies from Patak’s Canada. You can enter every day and the contest ends on Oct 14th. How to enter: (1 entry)

  1. Like 30 Day Adventures & Patak’s Canada Facebook pages (* required)
  2. Answer the following question: (* required)

Bonus Entry

A big thanks to Patak’s for sponsoring the #30DaysOfEthnicEats series. One of my favourite Patak’s products is Tikka Masala and here’s a super easy and tasty recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala using it. Click here to find out just how easy it is to Mix in a Little India in your life!

Chicken Tikka Masala

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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