Two chefs and a dozen waitresses were hand-picked to serve Lu Ping and Anson Chan Fang On-sang as they had dinner together last night at Xinhua's luxurious villa in Stanley. Staff were said to have started preparing for the two-hour dinner when Mr Lu moved into the sprawling Spanish-style residence last week. Security guards certainly outnumbered the watchmen and ordinary servants at the villa, and staff had appointed two chefs and a score of helpers from the Wan Chai headquarters of Xinhua (the New China News Agency) to prepare meals for Mr Lu and his aides. Neighbours said they had not seen Mr Lu sampling Stanley's seaside bars or restaurants. But a doorman at the Xinhua villa said: 'Mr Lu seldom goes out. Sometimes we order dim sum from restaurants.' Friends of villa servants said the Xinhua cooks usually bought food from markets in North Point or Wan Chai. Xinhua, the proprietor of De La Salle Villa, at No 6 Stanley Beach Road, remained coy about arrangements for last night's dinner. And Chief Secretary Mrs Chan left without a word about the food. But the chef at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's Chinese Restaurant, Chow Chung, said he would have recommended Cantonese cuisine if he were the chef. Deep-fried chicken, Cantonese noodles, and double-boiled soup with crab meat and fungus were among his recommendations. 'People from the northern region like stronger tastes,' said Mr Chow, who was flown to Seoul by his hotel to serve the United Nations Secretary-General Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali on his visit to South Korea last month.