Ping Pang Pong in William Street is currently changing its name, with new manager Flora moving the cuisine to that of her home city, Hong Kong. The menu has been vastly expanded since she has taken over, but they have retained some of the most popular dishes from before, including the delicious wasabi prawns.
It is licenced but so far has just continued the Ping Pang Pong list, so that is one area where I would like to see more emphasis on change – rosé, aromatic whites for example.
The food, however, has really hit the mark from my recent experience at lunch. The menu covers the gamut of Chinese food but with inclusions popular in Hong Kong – so a couple of Thai influenced, a couple of Japanese influenced, and even some European dishes given a Chinese twist.
I went along with a dining chum and we began with a small serve of prawn dumplings – served in the steaming basket they were pleasantly slippery and gelatinous with a succulent filling of prawns.
Then a couple of mains – firstly fried squid with Chinese greens and shrimp paste – tender squid pieces, pimped up with the salty paste and crunchy, fresh greens – lovely, light, refreshing, well cooked.
One I had never come across before, but Flora assured us it is very popular in HK – prawns with oats! The deep fried prawns – sweet, tender, luscious- were served with oats which had been caramelised – honeyed, but not cloying, crunchy and crisp – it really came together well. Different, but delicious.
With steamed rice, that had about done us when Flora bought out a complementary dish of French Toast – Hong Kong style for us to try – peanut butter sandwiches, cut into cubes, deep fried and drizzled with golden syrup and condensed milk – you feel it doing you good – and absolutely scrumptious.
I will be back soon to try a few more of the many enticing dishes – in fact my mate went along again recently and has raved about the steamed seafood with egg whites. One more to try! Anyway, the new look Ping Pang Pong – Hongkies – is well worth a visit; I don’t think you will be disappointed.