Last week The Handbook headed over to Ping Pong at South Bank for a little bit of midweek dim sum. Arriving early on Wednesday evening the restaurant was already packed, to the point where it was almost hard to hear each other (a testament to the delicious dim sum and also their South Bank location) but we managed to secure a table for two and got down to ordering.
The menu is made up of baked, fried, griddled and rice dishes, so we recommend getting a little bit of everything for a real smorgasbord of dim sum. If you’re not sure what to choose then they do also have set menus which take the hassle out of deciding if you’re in a hurry – although we couldn’t see a vegetarian signature selection which we were rather surprised by.
As the food comes out as and when it is ready, it is best to order dishes to share to prevent you all eating at different times; it’s always awkward when one person is sat waiting for their food whilst everyone else is working their way through baskets of dim sum.
Menus aside, we started with tempura seaweed crackers – much better than the usual greasy prawn crackers that are often served up – and then baskets and baskets of dim sum. The black prawn dumpling, a deliciously dark mouthful of squid ink pastry, king prawns and garlic was a real winner. Others that stood out were: the seafood shu mai, the duck spring roll and the scallop shiitake dumpling; our table was soon a sea of dim sum and hoi sin sauce.
The king prawn and scallop sticky rice is a good size – definitely one for sharing, if you have already consumed as much dim sum as we had. Despite the name, the rice wasn’t too sticky (just as we like it) and with a generous helping of prawns and scallops lurking inside.
For pudding there was no discussion needed, it had to be the chocolate coulant, a rich, sweet chocolate fondant. Instead of being served warm it was cold which made it all that more dense and decadent.
With several restaurants across London, Ping Pong is serving up great dim sum at a reasonable price. Choose it if you are catching up with friends or don’t mind sharing your table with others, but if you are after a quiet date (judging by the crowds at South Bank) then perhaps look elsewhere.