Expat Life in Dubai

Day 117 of 363 blog post challenge: Ping Pong (not the Patong Beach show)

May 1, 2012

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!)

The Seafood Sticky Rice without leaves 🙂

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!

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  • Reply nix May 13, 2012 at 14:53

    I’m new to your blog and I must say…I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for this post about PING PONG I’ve been meaning to visit this restaurant for awhile now! Keep up the good work on the blog…you have a new fan in me!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 13, 2012 at 15:50

      Wow! Thank u nix, i’m glad u liked it. You should try Ping Pong by the way, I found the concept of the restaurant somehow unique. ☺

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