Pick up your chopsticks, kids. Perennial London fave Ping Pong Dim Sum has graced us stateside with a D.C. location in Penn Quarter at 900 7th St. N.W.
While it may be trying to imitate a traditional Chinese tea house, Ping Pong is anything but run-of-the-mill. The dark interior is sleek and sexy with dimly lit booths and abstract art work on its walls. Take a seat at one of the large, round tables complete with a brightly lit center to highlight the delicacies that are as exotic as the cocktails with an affordable price tag. An open kitchen shows chefs hard at work as they crank out dish after dish of deliciousness.
You can order almost anything in one of three ways: steamed, baked or fried. The southern Chinese cuisine consists of smaller, light dishes much like tapas and usually served with Yum Cha, or the pretty flowering teas made with delicate, hand-tied tea leaves.
The coriander dumplings with king prawns were good, but the pork puffs with honey glaze and caramelized onions were even better. Rice noodles sautéed with chili and basil paired nicely with delicate cups of lemon chicken on lettuce leaves and some honey glazed ribs. A sticky rice parcel is a must-try, served either traditional-style, vegetarian or with seafood. With such wallet-friendly prices, one of Ping Pong's exotic liquid libations is within easy reach. Knock back two of our favorites: wasabi and amaretto sour, or a ginger and limoncello caipirinha.