Dim sum is a classic Chinese meal normally eaten on a special occasion, it’s like the Sunday roast of the Asian world. Can’t wait till the weekends? Indulge in a little luxury with a set meal/ lunch deal at Ping Pong.
Its blasphemous to not drink tea as the dining experience of eating Dim Sum is called, ‘Yum Cha’ which is a literal translation to ‘drinking tea’. Ping Pong has got this covered as they serve a wide selection of tea and it comes in double vacuum glass which is very cool.
There are a few set lunch options such as the lunch tower which consists of one main rice/ noodle dish, a choice of 2 steam dishes and a side of edamame for £11.95.
Ping Pong Lunch tower;
- Shanghai Chicken and Noodles
- Har gau
- Chicken and cashew dumpling
- Edamame with celery sea salt
The main dish is nicely presented with my favourite noodles, udon, cooked to perfection and topped with chicken with a savoury chicken black bean sauce, edamame beans and garnished with chopped red chilli. The chicken sauce is super tasty, yet they go to easy with the sauce giving a small portion compared to the amount of noodle that is there.
You haven’t had proper dim sum if you didn’t get har gau, a dumpling with prawn filling wrapped in a thin layer of rice flour skin, so thin that you can see the prawn from the outside. Ping pong does this classic dish very well with the slightly elastic rice skin and a delicious prawn filling. Be sure to dip this side in soy sauce for add flavour.
The other side I tried was the chicken and cashew gyoza, where the filling was beautifully wrapped in a rice skin. This dish was pretty good with the cashews adding texture in the filling. A great addition to the meal.
The edamame, a simple side with sea salt to add flavour and an extra bit of crunch, you can either eat this as a starter or at the end of the meal while you wait for the bill. With this dish only eat the beans in the inside of the beans and discard the tougher outside layer.
With a dark colourful Asian aesthetics, the décor has an exotic feel to it. The seats and comfortable with good sized table which is essential for Dim sum since there are going to be multiple dishes on the table at the same time. This is a great place where you can relax and converse with friends over a cocktail.
Suggestions to lvl up? When it is busy, it gets a little hectic, so this place gets pegged down a LVL in the ambience department. Also, with the rice/ noodles dishes they should add more sauce to this to add more flavour.
Food: LVL 8
Value: LVL 7
Service: LVL 7
Ambience: LVL 7
Overall LVL: 7.5/10 – I’ve been to this place four times in the past month and don’t plan on stopping, that alone speaks for itself! It’s a great place to chill and eat or drink with friends.