Sy Ly’s great-grandfather worked as a cook for a large bourgeois family before leaving for Malaysia, Singapore and then Cambodia, where he acquired some Kampot pepper plantations.
His grandfather, then his father, were also born in Cambodia and also learned the profession of cook before the family left the country in 1975 to take refuge in Hong Kong. It was there that Madame Ly was born, introduced to great Asian cuisine by her father and grandmother, who was adamant about the quality and origin of the products. With the benefit of this education and her father’s supply networks, Madame Ly decided to leave Asia for the West and finally settled in Paris where she opened her first restaurant with her husband Alain Ly in 1988 in the 8th arrondissement.
“Chez Ly” quickly became a reference in the world of Chinese gastronomy and an institution in the west of Paris where gourmets like to meet with friends, family or during business meals around a round table copiously filled with dishes to share. “Chez Ly” soon opened other addresses in the 8th and then the 17th arrondissement with as much success as ever. The most recent opening was the restaurant on the rue Lord Byron in 2014. A beautiful location just a stone’s throw from the Avenue des Champs-Elysées (Johnny Hallyday’s former Rue Balzac), with more than 120 covers divided into several small intimate lounges.
Today, Madame Ly, a key figure in the world of Asian cuisine in general, and Chinese cuisine in particular, manages two addresses with her husband: the one on rue Lord Byron and the one on avenue Niel. The other three “Chez Ly” are run by members of her family.
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