Dim Sum used to be just for breakfast. It’s usually a casual affair at a local dim sum shop. A pot of good Chinese Tea and a couple of plates of dumplings. The main purpose is to savour the tea, slowly. Hence, the Cantonese people say “Yum Cha” (to drink tea) when they go for dim sum.
In London, we have embraced dim sum and now demand it at every Chinese restaurant, any time of day. The restaurants have stepped up and now offer it on their main menus.
At Ping Pong, they caught on to this trend early and have opened multiple branches to meet the demand of hungry Londoners. Business is brisk with a never ending array of customers coming through the door when on the night we were there. For Chinese New Year, they have added a few specials to the menu like the lamb dumplings and satay steamed dumplings.
Our favourites dishes were the Shanghainese Wantans, slightly spicy with a prawn filling. The steamed dumplings like har gau and siu mai were fab too. The reasonably priced cocktail menu is quite comprehensive, from £7. If you like tea, they have a good selection of fine teas, the Yellow Oolong stood out.
From the Chinese New Year menu, the stand out dishes were the Vegetarian Buddha’s Delight dumpling and the pudding which is based on a favourite Malaysian dessert, the black glutinous rice. This one uses a mix of glutinous rice but not done in a soupy fashion and topped a coconut mousse, drizzled with salted caramel sauce. The flavours are very close to our Bubur Hitam. It’s quite the perfect sweet end to a lovely meal.
Besides the delicious dishes, if you eat there before 1 March 2018, you can win £3,000 to spend in Harvey Nichols. Details here: https://www.pingpongdimsum.com/cny/
St Christopher’s Place
29A James St,
London W1U 1DZ
EatCookExplore was a guest of Ping Pong