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Monday, June 28th, 2010 10:40 am
1. Ping Pong by Stereolab
2. aka table tennis
3. probably some other stuff
4. Ping Pong dim sum chain

I hates to admit it, but the food in PP isn't bad. Massively overpriced, sure! "Real" dim sum? Bahahaha... but those honey ribs? Gosh, they are nice (and for almost £5 I should hope so too). It is at least better than "dim t" on Charlotte Street whose continued existence is a plague on my soul.

Ping Pong is terrible at having "special offers" which aren't at all special - their current one is limited to City branches (feck the City), or "all you can eat" for £16-18 - dudes, how much do you pay for a regular dim sum meal anyway??

Anywho, Ping Pong is now flogging some special dishes.

09 Beancurd parcels V £3.89
A rich mix of shredded bamboo shoots, mushrooms and carrot wrapped in a 'skin' made from beancurd and grilled. From the North West and popular in Xinjiang.

12 Homestyle vegetable broth V £2.99
Tender Chinese leaves poached in a savoury broth with ginkgo nuts. From the Tibetan plateaux in the South West of the country.

20 Leaf-wrapped pork and rice £3.99
A fragrant parcel of Jasmine rice slowly steamed with pork, soy and five spice mixture. From the very centre of China and the provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi.

168 Chicken and black pepper spring roll £3.19
Crisp spring rolls filled with honeyed chicken and served with hot chilli bean sauce. From North Eastern China.

Er uh er uh, wellll.... isn't Xianjing food more central Azn, like, kebabs, naan etc? Oh, I want to go to Silk Road now.

I'm afraid all this has done is make me upset Taste of Beijing closed down and crave jian bing for elevenses. And for Kake, here is how the site says to write jiang bing! 煎饼... Although fat lot of use I imagine this will be in Sunny London. That site says in Tianjin you get a fried dough stick in the middle, to which I say: hungry now. I suppose it's a good job I can't get it, I do after all need to be on a diet...
Monday, June 28th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was wondering about Ping Pong's "special dishes" too... in fact I replied to the email to ask about that "leaf-wrapped pork and rice" (no reply as of yet). I am holding out a very faint hope that it may be a version of zongzi/粽子 rather than the usual rice wrapped in lotus leaf, since the latter is a pretty common dim sum item and I thought it was on their regular menu. I do wonder why they're using jasmine rice for it instead of glutinous rice though.

I don't yet know enough about regional Chinese cusines to know if they're talking bollocks or not re the beancurd parcels. I did recently start reading a blog about Xinjiang, but its food section is a little sparse. In general though my impression is similar to yours... flatbreads, kebabs, noodles, big plate chicken.

煎饼 is in Simplified :) 煎餅 all the way, yeah. There's a recipe here if you're interested. I haven't tried it, but I suspect having a well-seasoned pan is the key to success.
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
I dunno, it's not zhongzi if it doesn't have glutinous rice tho'. SURELY!

I knoooooow. But it's not rice-in-lotus-leaf either, is it! I can't imagine why you would use jasmine rice for this, unless it was to make it less scary to people who aren't familiar with different types of rice.