Over the weekend, we visited our local Ping Pong to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey in style.
If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will already know that we are big fans of Ping Pong and their delicious dim sums. We couldn’t wait to try the new seasonal dishes, which have been inspired by the bold and adventurous personality of the monkey.
As we went to Ping Pong on Valentine’s Day, it would be rude not to try the limited edition Valentine’s Day cocktail created by Daniele Ziaco: Instant Love Martini, a delicious cocktail made with Grey Goose vodka, homemade longan and rose petal syrup, ST Germain elderflower liquor.
Not only were we impressed with the cocktail, we were also delighted it was served with a floating ice heart and a polaroid image of us pinned to the glass. Too cute!
On arrival, we had some nibbles: sriracha peas, seaweed crackers and salted broad beans and black sesame seed prawn crackers.
It was then followed by our favourites: duck spring roll, potato and edamame cake, beef gyoza dumpling, crab and prawn dumpling, crab and prawn dumpling and little man’s favourite: char sui bun. Actually it is very popular with the whole family.
During our visit, hubby mentioned how much he enjoys being at Ping Pong and how tasty their food is! Little man and I were busy savouring the mouth-watering dim sums.
The Chinese New Year specials include: monkey tails, four rolls on thinly sliced courgette, pork and ponzu, seasoned with lemon juice, soy sauce and roasted black sesame seeds. My favourite was goji berry, butternut squash and sweet basil dumpling, featuring a beautiful combination of flavours.
Hubby absolutely loved the fire cracker chicken roll, chicken marinated in fiery chilli peppers, rice vinegar, asparagus and coriander in a spring roll pastry. I found it a little bit spicy, but it was a hit with hubby, he was more than happy to enjoy most of it!
We also had the chance to try chilli prawn boa, one of Ping Pong’ special dishes. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was one of the highlights of our visit. The whole family loved it!
The three fluffy white steamed buns arrived in a basket while the fillings were served separately: king prawns with a chilli coating served with avocado, pickled ginger, lollo rosso lettuce, tuna flakes and plum mustard sauce. Simply delicious!
To finish our meal, we tried the Traditional Chinese New Year goo jai, with dark chocolate, banana and peanuts served with Jude’s cinnamon ice cream. What a perfectly crafted dessert, the warm and sweet goo jai was beautifully complemented by the ice cream.
As we were leaving, we were offered to try the new Mother’s Day cocktail, so here is a sneak preview. I can only say it is refreshing and delicious!
Thank you Ping Pong for having us, we had a fantastic time. Once again, we were very impressed with the freshness of the ingredients, beautiful combination of flavours and outstanding service.
We highly recommend the delightful Chinese New Year specials and we are already looking forward to our next visit!
For more information, please check http://www.pingpongdimsum.com/
We visited Ping Pong for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and our own.