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Spotlight on Moonstar

Born in Hong Kong, Daly City Colma Chamber member since 2007, Philanthropist Daisy Li moved to Toronto where she studied restaurant management at Ryerson University and hospitality management at Oklahoma State University. In 1991, together with her husband and business partner Chef Paul Ng, they created the iconic “Moonstar” as an upscale premium seafood buffet in San Francisco and in 2006 relocated to Daly City. With the COVID-19 pandemic, they shifted gears and closed the doors of Moonstar Buffet.

Daisy shared, “It was a difficult decision for us, especially, after 30 years of successfully serving tasty meals in San Francisco and Daly City. Our lease was ending. We were worried that a buffet style restaurant was not a viable option for the near future because of COVID-19. The solution was for Moonstar Buffet to operate in partnership with their sister company, MoonChef, at 405 S. Canal St., South San Francisco, preparing meals to-go from a central kitchen. With the brand-new kitchen, I can continue to innovate with technology and offer new items and ways to help celebrate special events with quality food. This move allowed us to make the next phase of our business plan a reality, five years earlier than our business plan projected, ‘The Moonstar Charitable Organization’. This is a new 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization setup to help other non-profits fundraise, bring awareness to food waste, work with grocery stores in food donations and bring together other interested restaurants and chefs to make a difference.”


With a successful business, Daisy donates money and food back to the community. For example, Daisy donated more than 2500 turkey meals to Self Help for the Elderly Thanksgiving Luncheon, more than 1000 Christmas meals to individuals and families living in Chinatown SRO (Single Residence Room), proceeds generated from the restaurant on individual fundraising to Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Family Bridges Inc. in Oakland, and the American Red Cross. I learned that MoonChef has been providing meals to Bay Area Seniors for the past 6 years. Today, they are also participating in the economic stimulus program, set up to help restaurants stay in business by providing 3 meals a day home delivery to seniors. We then spoke about how Moonstar is navigating the BluePrint for California Economy tiers. She replied that they are providing take-out and delivery meals as dine in and gatherings are still not open. They have a dining room set up to accommodate groups in an open pop-up kitchen setting with three different dining or meeting rooms. “We plan to continue catering as more offices are open back up.”

I asked Daisy to speak about her management style and her employees. She replied, “My philosophy is to always be happy and work with a Win-Win approach. I appreciate that most my staff had been with us for 10+ and 20+ years at Moonstar.” She continued, “We are one big family. Our strength is our communication and respect for each other. That is why we have team building events, after hour events, and volunteer together. We have fun.”

Daisy concluded saying, “Even though I’m working all the time, I never feel like I’m working. That’s because I follow my passion, and that is what makes me happy. Don’t forget to let people know, we set up the Moonstar Charitable Organization to assist and support non-profits raising funds. We can host the events onsite or cater. Just ask.”

Contact Moonstar today and ask about gourmet delicacies, complete hot and frozen microwave ready meals or simply a special snack. And don’t forget to reserve your free Sushi Sandwich, FREE with your proof of COVID-19 shot certificate! Phone: (650) 862-8783 Email: info.moonchef@gmail.com Address: 405 S. Canal Street, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

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Contact Info:
405 S. Canal Stree
tSouth San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 922-2888
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