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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...
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 10:32 am
All I can think about at the moment is dim sum, which makes it even more irritating that much lunch is a sodding "Innocent Vegetable Pot". I have spent the morning being envious at Ken's trip to Tim Ho Wan (here are someone elses photos), but a lot closer to home is Penninsula, by the Holiday Inn in North Greenwich. (Whenever I think of a Holiday Inn, I start singing "Holiday Hymn" by Vic Godard, which I constantly mis-sing as "Holiday Inn" which is amusing if you like that sort of thing). I have never been, but gosh they have lots of dim sum. I think I should eat it all, or alternatively, get married there as they appear to have some offers on. If you book 20 tables they throw in a wedding dress, karaoke and a suckling pig, marvellous. Anyway, back to the dim sums, and Kake, here you go:

They say: "The traditional accompaniment to all this food is Chinese Tea; we offer a selection of different leaves, with dark, intriguingly musty Bo-Lay, a flavourite alternative to the ubiquitous Jasmine and Shei Sin."

Suspect intriguingly musty = we found it down the back of the sofa, watch out for mothballs. Yummy!