Ping Pong Dim Sum

Written by on November 18, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Chinatown, Washington, DC

Ping Pong Dim Sum

How I heard of this place: We had just checked in to our hotel in Federal Center SW, where there is little to do, and even less to eat. Having made plans to meet up with a friend for dinner, we left the location up to her! And this is where we found ourselves.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Door

Type of cuisine: Steam is the key element at the very heart of Ping Pong. It’s the chief means by which dim sum is prepared, but it also represents the fluid calm that is central to everything we do. We’ve kept all the best bits of the ancient tradition of Chinese tea houses, like meeting to relax and share.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Place Setting

We just thought that after a thousand years or so, it would be OK to add cocktails to the mix. Everything on our menu is handcrafted using the freshest ingredients by our fantastically dexterous chefs. We may have put a man on the moon, but there remains no better way to make dim sum.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Entry Art

Ambiance: An elegant entryway, a dim-lit interior, amber glow,

Ping Pong Dim Sum Restaurant

elevated lounge and chef’s Dim Sum bar “lets you be as liberal or conservative as you like – let freedom (and good times) ring.”

Ping Pong Dim Sum Elevated Bar

What I ordered: The three of us started with a selection off of the family style á lá carte menu, adding items as we went, according to taste and levels of hunger.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Order Sheet

To start, we enjoyed a couple of the Customer’s Top Picks including the baked Honey Roasted Chicken Puff ($6.75), and the Fried Chicken and Black Pepper Spring Roll ($6.50).

Ping Pong Dim Sum Chicken Puff & Spring Roll

The griddled Crisp Dumpling with Fish and Black Pepper ($6.50) followed.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Fish Dumpling

We added the Braised Pork Belly in Five Spice Sauce ($14.50) from among the Signature Dishes, and then ordered it a second time at the exuberant delight of my dining companions,

Ping Pong Dim Sum Pork Belly

and completed our first round with an order of the steamed Scallop and Shiitake Dumpling ($6.50).

Ping Pong Dim Sum Scallop Dumpling

Upon devouring every finger-licking-good bite, we added the steamed Spicy Vegetable Dumpling ($6.50)

Ping Pong Dim Sum Spicy Vegetable Dumpling

and the steamed Char Sui Bun, also known as hum bao ($6.50) to our order.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Char Sui Bun

We ended the evening with two desserts: the seasonal customer favorite, Ginger Cake with Cinnamon Ice Cream ($6)

Ping Pong Dim Sum Ginger Cake

and the Chinese Chocolate and Sesame Donuts (5 pieces for $9).

Ping Pong Dim Sum Sesame Donut

What I loved: My favorite parcel of the night was the Char Bun Sui, while my dining companions loved the Pork Belly most. The fried Chicken and Black Pepper Spring Roll provided a nice kick, the Chicken Puff slightly sweet and soft as I bit into the honey roasted pocket. It was the Chocolate and Sesame Donuts, however that offered a surprising, yet enjoyable experience for our taste buds.

Ping Pong Dim Sum Char Sui Bun Innards

Why I loved it: Everyone has to share in this family-style dining experience, as dim sum arrives as it is prepared, each plate and bamboo holder hosting three, perfectly bite-sized puffs of enjoyment.

Cost: Average to high ($2.75 – $14.50 per selection)

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