Monday, February 28, 2011

It's all about the food

So we all love a good food post right? Then surely throwing in some gummy sweets and bloggers can only mean we're onto a winner. So moving on from the knitted pigs in the last post to yet more kitshy pig themed goodies in the shape of Percy Pigs from M&S.
Percy Pigs
These are my youngest sister's first ever non-supervised baking efforts. Not too bad for her first ever project in the kitchen!
Becky's Gingerbread men
Yesterday, I popped down to London as the lovely Lujain was visiting which meant that the Save Our Shoes girls were reunited! Lujain has spent the past year in New York and is now living back in Kuwait (she's such a jet-setter!) and it was awesome and so much fun to finally meet her. We stopped off at Ping Pong Dim Sum (a contemporary take on dim sum) where a few of us gathered for some lunch.
Bloggers lunch
L-R Katie, Moi, LJ, Reena, Lucy, Fi and Sarah
Before we get onto the dim sum, I copied Reena and ordered the flowering hand-tied Jasmine tea. (£2.39) I'm so glad I did because it's so pretty! The tea was a lot weaker than I'm used to but I guess the Jasmine bloom is meant to be pretty rather than fragrant.
Jasmine tea at Ping Pong
Flowering Jasmine Tea at Ping Pong
So the food? I'm no Hollow Legs but I'll give reviewing a quick go in this post! I'm quite biased towards traditional dim sum as I've eaten it weekly since I can remember but fusion food isn't always that bad. Wagamama and Yo! Sushi are places I visit on occasion even though they don't compare to the real deal.

I ordered the Ping Pong collection (£9.99) which you tick off a sheet, much you like would get at traditional Chinese restaurants. This included a starter, a main dim sum collection and a dessert. This in itself is unusual as with dim sum traditionally, there is no set meal like this. My starter featured a spring roll, prawn ball, mini sesame prawn toast and a char siu pastry which were a nice start to the meal. Tasty but quite obviously show where the restaurant's targeted demographics lie especially with the lack of 'locals' in the restaurant.
Ping Pong Collection
So the dim sum itself? I have to say that the dim sum was the most colourful I'd ever seen it, with purple and green dumplings galore, something I'd only ever previously seen from photos of dim sum from Hong Kong Disney land's Dim Sum and not exactly what you would call traditional. I really liked the idea of the dim sum collection with lots of bits for you to try and which was all served in one large bamboo steamer. They looked pretty cute and fun presented like that. The majority of the dumplings were prawn based and the glutinous rice parcel wrapped in the lotus leaf (a sort of variation of Lo mai gai) was filled with vegetables.

The dessert was the most surprising of all. Usually steamed buns made in this style are filled with pork but imagine my surprise when I was handed a spoon! Inside was filled with dark chocolate. I think this is an extreme example of Fusion food! I know I have a few Chinese readers so this will no doubt make you laugh (like my dad when I told him) or scratch your head in confusion. It's a bit like asking for a Balti if you were in South Asia. It simply doesn't exist and concieved just for the western palette.
Ping Pong Dessert
Overall, I'd say the food was tasty and a really lovely restaurant to hang out with friends but when you're used to authentic Cantonese dim sum like me, it falls a little short. However, it doesn't claim to be authentic and as the chocolate bun shows, it's the epitome of fusion food. I do think that it's a great place to try dim sum for the first time and then go and sample the real thing which is cheaper too. Although that in itself would be a whole different kind of dining experience. Chinese dim sum restaurants are noisier and more crowded than the calm surroundings at Ping Pong, so I suppose it depends what you want to get out of it.

Review over! So after leaving with very full stomachs, we walked around Brick Lane where we bumped into Jazz randomly and it was amazing to meet her finally! She is of course, the lovely illustrator behind the drawings in my header! After a mooch around the Sunday Upmarket where I witnessed Lujain buy a gorgeous tulle dress, we headed to Leon where we sipped on lemonade, had a good old chat before we all dashed off home!
Blogger break
Until the next time ladies!
Right, less food and more outfits in the next post!
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71 comments

  1. LOL extreme example of Fusion food. chocolate inside pork bun on the outside? whattt?? haha that's cute tho. I strangely recalled seeing a "ping pong" near a bridge when I went to London but I do not remember where was it at all. I remember it looks really pretty on the outside. Would it be the one you went?

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  2. ~ * ♥ * ~

    I am so jealous of your tea Winnie ~ it looks ssoooo delicious! You can not go wrong with tea that tastes and LOOKS great. : D All that food is making me hungry....

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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  3. those piggy lollies look yum-a-licious! sounds like you had a great time with your friends, am totes feeling a little hungry now hehe

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  4. It feels like what seems to be forever since I last had a percy pig, will pick one up the next time I'm in m&s!
    the Chocolate steamed bun sound interesting, I'd try anything once

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  5. Sounds like a perfect day!! I love hanging with other bloggers. Definitely a lot of fun. I've heard amazing things about Ping Pong. Definitely ned to go know!

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  6. Bloggers and food go so well together! That jasmine tea looks especially yummy and pretty :)

    Leia

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  7. Oh my. Those steam buns sound incredible! And god love percy pigs...they solve life's worse problems xxx

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  8. Darn you Winnie! I'm crazy hungry haha! And I love love LOVE percy pigs (especially percy pigs and pals!) and I can't eat those because I'm losing weight (or hope to be ahha!) Oh well guess I'm gonna have to get some food now, some chinese takeaway perhaps? :P

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  9. So sweet, it seems to me like your little sister did a great job in the kitchen.

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  10. Haha that chocolate bun is quite funny, i didn't know they made those. I've been to Ping Pong a few times and quite like the food despite it's over pricedness!
    Although nothing can beat the real thing! Can you recommend any great Dim sum places in London? I always find China town so hit or miss!
    darwin xx

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  11. Looove Ping Pong. And YUM to Percy Pigs :)

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  12. The cookies look amazing :)

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  13. Really great review of the fusion dim sum. It definitely sounds interesting, especially the chocolate steamed bun! I think I'll stick to traditional dim sum though haha. The jasmine tea does look very pretty though x

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  14. Hi my dear-sounds like a fabulous blogger meet up, lots of lovely food, a great review!! The Percy Pigs are one of my faves, did you know you can get Reversy Percys, they're lovely too, lol! xx

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  15. haha the biscuit men look a little deranged like they're going to come alive! The chocolate bun deffo sounds so odd! I think i'd stick good ole custard tart for a dim sum dessert.
    Oh i've also tagged you back on my blog. But I understand if you don't do it! :)

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  16. Percy Pigs - oh yes! Looks like an amazing night, the food looks delish. xx

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  17. moooooreee food :3 i want some dim dum :p and i love ur friend's polka dot red cardy ^^ i saw one but it was in a childs section and i couldnt bear to think of a child wearing it becuase then they would automatically out cute my attempt XD

    and the tea looks amazing!

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  18. also i love the piggies :3 it makes me want to pig out :p *sigh* i think im just rolling out lame jokes for the day :p XD

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  19. good effort on the baking for her first time. all the rest looks so to my tastes too.

    yeah rob ryan, i'm sure i've seen some of his cup designs in utility at the moment

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  20. Mmmm food, love Percy pigs they are yumyumyum!! Winnie, I have to come out for dim sum with you one time, love the stuff! The dim sum on that Disney site looks properly bonkers, as does that tea. Not sure I'd be brave enough to try it! Sounds like you had a lovely evening with all the girls =)


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  21. Eeep all the food pics have made me so hungry! I don't think I've ever had dim sum before but it looks delicious!
    xx

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  22. All of this food looks so delicious! And it looks like you had a great time. :)

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
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  23. the tea is beautiful! and it looks like you guys had so much fun. (: to be honest... i'm not sure i could eat those gummy piggies haha

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  24. the dimsum looks yummy! It's been awhile that I haven't eat dimsum, and now I feel like I wanna eat one! haha :P

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  25. yummy cookies, Winnie! I bet the taste was really delicious.

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  26. The gummy pigs are so cute!!! Love it!! And your sister's gingerbread man is so cute!! I'm definitely craving for some cookies right now. OK. And; I know I'd sound like an absolute glutton right now but the dimsum looks so yummy! You're right about me liking this post b/c it's def unique; and the jasmine tea is just insane!!! PS/ Definitely craving for some charsiew buns right now! (good luck with me finding them in the City!) Thanks Winnie!!! HEH. Now I know how my food posts make you feel:D xx

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  27. I've never tried dim sum before but I've got a real taste for similar foods so I'l definitely give it a go and thanks for the lovely comment too and yay for Percy Pigs! xxx

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  28. the pig gummies are SO cute.

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  29. you can post about food too, it's so awesome - I want to eat everything you post here everytime! I don't think I've ever had dim sum, is that the same thing as gyoza? The chocolate one seems delicious too haha! And you all look so pretty XD

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  30. I love food that looks good. This all looks so yummy! Looks like you had great fun too.

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  31. I love these photos, especially the Leon ones :) Especially Percy Pigs :D

    Maria xxx

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  32. it was soo lovely meeting you, finally! the food was delish, though i would love to go with you for some proper traditional dimsum. maybe next time? xo
    -lj

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  33. awww man, i love it when bloggers meet in real life, makes me feel so happy inside. Please please please tell me where to go for good dim sum in london, i'm moving there next year and it's a must! xxx

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  34. Omg so cute! Looks yummy

    Xoxo
    b!

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  35. The gummy pigs are so adorable.

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  36. Such adorable piggies! Love those.

    Oh, how exciting about the meet up. Love the foodie pics and group shots.

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  37. Oh Percy! I have missed you! *runs to M&S* Joo-goo-let in a steamed bun?! Yeah, will never been seen in a Chinese restaurant! Hehe. It's good you tried Ping Pong as I'm biased towards traditional dim sum too. I'm normally up for trying different restaurants but 'cause I know you can get 3 pieces in one dim sum dish and multiply that b X amount=food galore, I would still be hungry if I went PP >.< makes me wanna go have dim sum now...ahhh. Great food pics btw

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  38. Love the pigs! Steamed buns with chocolate inside...that sounds interesting. lol.

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  39. hi there darling:) I like food .. A LOT:)! those pigggies are so cute:) But still..i'd eat them haha We're hosting a giveaway on our blog by the way! Come and take a look and join to win :)
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  40. You know your stuff when it comes to food! :)

    I love gingerbread men. So kitsch.

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  41. Remind me not to log onto your blog when I am starving. This did not help!!!
    Everything looks delicious. :)
    If only I was skilled in the kitchen.

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  42. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM FOOOD<3
    *goes fridge* xx

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  43. It was so lovely to see you! Please recommend some authentic dim sum places, I need to branch out from PP...although I do feel like their brand ambassador :)

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  44. looks like yummy food and good times!

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  45. the food looks delicious, looks liek great fun :)

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  46. oh my goodness that looks delicious!

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  47. It looked like you had a fun time! I love great conversation and great food! :)
    --Ciara

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  48. ooh the food looks great - i really want to try some authentic dim sum :)

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  49. Haha those cookies they are staring at meee~ *_*
    They are just so cute ^^

    Dim Sum looked like lots of fun :)

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  50. Hi there! Great blog you got goin here:) Yummy food pics,hehe. I just found u by accident but i''ll be back for more for sure!!!:D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  51. those cookies are adorable! that is pretty good for her first time doing it alone :)
    also that tea look so unique! i've been looking for unique tea or coffee cafes here but they never serve REAL food like this place you mentioned. so the timing is difficult -x-

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  52. amazing food images
    i know what you mean with the dim sum thing, and authenticity, i have been eating dim sums since a young age and i'm not keen on eating them on gwai lo places

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  53. Oh my, that Jasmine tea looks so pretty! I've never seen anything like that before. So cool!


    Camila F.

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  54. the piggy gummy looks so yum-yum :))

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  55. the food looks nyummy!
    im a big fan of dimsum as well!
    haha no worries food porn for once in a while it's good

    xoxo

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  56. blogger meet-ups are always fun! everyone looks amazing! :) the food looks really yummy! props to your little sister!

    xx
    heyrocketgirl

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  58. piggies! looks too cute to eat x

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  59. food posts are my fave! Keep them coming, Winnie! x

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  60. ooo such a yummy post...makes me hungry all over again, and I've just had my tea! :) x

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  61. ah this looks like the most wonderful day, seeing some very familiar faces :-)

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  62. I should I have been there, dammit!!! Cute photos x

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  63. Chocolate steamed buns, Winnie?!!! I literally gasped and then guffawed outloud. What the what?! I'm sooo intrigued/confused/drooling. Hahaha! I wish Atlanta had some dim sum fusion so that I could try them... nomnomnommm...
    p.s. When Cath and I lived in Edinburgh, I ate those M&S piggies allll the time!!!

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