PING PONG - NEW SEASONAL MACANESE MENU
A few weeks ago, Dotty Dishes was invited to sample a new seasonal menu at Ping Pong.
Ping Pong has unveiled a new seasonal menu to celebrate Chinese New Year - the Year of the Snake. Inspired by the Cantonese / Portuguese fusion cuisine of Macau, Macanese cuisine consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with strong influences and blends of spices from Latin America, Africa, India and southeast Asia.
We were invited to a party at Ping Pong Tower Hill to sample the new menu and arrived to a busy restaurant of people. After taking our coats, we were offered both wine and cocktails but opted for the wine, which was generously topped up throughout the evening. The party featured a lady who taught you how to write your signature in Cantonese and also two men who were teaching people how to make dim sum.
Waiters circled the room with culinary delights and I tried a selection of food including a pork stew, spring rolls, spiced prawns and deliciously sweet pork buns. My friend was vegetarian however and we had to ask a few times for the waiter to come over in our direction with some veggie nibbles! Classic Macanese ingredients and flavours are meant to include salt cod, chilli, turmeric, coconut, paprika, five spice powder and star anise, and everything we tried that night was delicious. There just wasn’t enough of it and we could have eaten much more!
The seasonal Macanese menu will be available at all Ping Pong restaurants from 5th February until 8th April 2013. Dotty Dishes was a guest of Ping Pong.