I had a day to myself earlier as I took a weekday off in the hopes of being able to process something at the embassy for my vacation, apparently though they’re closed for the Labor Day. Boo hoo. So I went instead to Dubai Mall to have my monthly manicure/pedicure and to have lunch. I was searching thru the phone app our company gave us for a restaurant where I could get a staff discount and Ping Pong, showed up on the list. It was described to be a dim sum haven and since I’m a Chinese food junkie myself, I have already decided that I’ll be having my lunch there while the nail technician was removing the dry skin underneath my big toes.
Ping Pong is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall with a view of the musical fountain, too bad that it was too hot earlier else I would have enjoyed some sun while having lunch. The server greeted me eagerly as he explained the concept of the restaurant. The menu was very straight-forward – baked, steamed, fried and desserts. Each of the orders come in an appetizer size with 3pcs each so if you’re going to eat there for a real meal, you should probably order at least 5 assortments. Each of the menu items ranges from AED25-30 which isn’t that bad I suppose. But because I wanted to try as much food as I want, I opted to order their Ping Pong Collection:
Of course I took the non-vegetarian option. The deal was fantastic, for AED75 I was able to taste all of the things that I really wanted to order in the first place. They service was quick and the server was patient enough to explain each of the items he puts on my table. If I would rate each of the items served from 1-10 (10 being the highest), it would be:
1. Mixed Vegetable Roll – 3 (I didn’t like it that much)
2. Duck Roll – 10 (it was awesome!)
3. Honey Roasted Chicken Puff – 10 (very very tasty!)
1. Chicken Bun – 10 (it was amazing! I’m a siopao addict myself and it tasted so much like one)
2. Seafood Sticky Rice – 5 (not really fond of it, I’d say it was ok. The server repeatedly told me that I’m not supposed to eat the leaves. )
3. Chicken Shu Mai – 8
4. Lobster Dumpling – 10 (I loved it!)
5. Har Gau – 10 (Loved it too!)
Lastly, I had the dessert – banana rolls (with chocolate inside) and chocolate icecream. We call the rolls in the Philippines as turon but normally, we just put banana and I think a sprinkle of sugar on top of it. This one though had a chocolatey sauce inside together with the slice of banana, it was ok but too sweet for me so I only ate 1 and a half piece of it. The chocolate icecream was superb though.
Will I ever go back? Oh yes! I’ll probably drag some of my friends for their lazy Fridays feast: AED132 for an eat-all-you-can dimsums. Yum!