Chinese New Year at Ping Pong

Chinese New Year celebrations in London, which hosts the biggest party outside of Asia, are always loud and colourful and usually come with delicious food, decorations, dragons and dancing.

So when an email from Ping Pong popped into my mailbox, inviting me over for an evening of dim sums, cocktails and general mischief to celebrate the beginning of the year of the monkey, I knew I was in for a treat.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Tucked right behind the Royal Festival Hall, Ping Pong’s Southbank venue is an absolute beauty of a restaurant!

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Complete with olive booths, dark wood tables, statement lamps and enough cocktails to make any party an immediate success!

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

One of the Chinese New Year specials, the Dizzy Monkey (Monkey shoulder whiskey, Hedonist cognac, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and daisy flower rim)

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Lychee and Roses martini (beefeater gin, rose petals, fresh lemon juice and lychee juice) and Ping Pong (martini bianco, white wine and lychee juice)

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least, my favourite of them all: the 47 Drunken Monkeys.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

A refreshing twist on the classic G&T with monkey 47 gin, pedrino tonic, pedro ximenes and citrus, lavender, poppy seeds and pink grapefruit.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Isn’t it a beauty?

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Add to that some brilliant entertainment (in the form of DJ music, belly dancers and fortune tellers) and you’re onto a winner of a party!

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

But it wouldn’t be a Ping Pong party without the dim sums, and it was lovely to be able to learn how to fold them with some of the restaurant’s chefs.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

It looks so simple when expert hands are at work, but I can tell you it’s not quite as easy as it seems (and I’ll need another 25 lessons before I start to get the hang of it!)

Luckily, I wasn’t in charge of catering and instead of my misformed dumplings, we were treated to a taste of Ping Pong’s best dishes.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Including the incredibly golden 4 mushroom puffs

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

Beautifully crispy prawn toasts

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

And best of all, the Firecracker Chicken Rolls.

A spicy Chinese New Year special that’s sure to please the mighty Fire Monkey himself!

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

And some excellent cinnamon ice cream to top it all.

Chinese New Year at Ping Pong Southbank | Cake + Whisky

And a little wish never hurts…

Playful, fun, full of life and free from inhibitions, the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ping Pong were the perfect introduction to the year of the monkey.

I hope yours started as brilliantly as mine. If not, you know where to go!

Ping Pong, Festival Terrace, South Bank Centre, London SE1 8XX  Ping Pong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chinese New Year at Ping Pong

One thought on “Chinese New Year at Ping Pong

  1. Ping Pong is always a dim sum favourite and wow, added belly dancers (I’m actually kind of in love with the dancer’s gold outfit, so shiny!) Spring rolls are a mandatory CNY dish and firecracker chicken is certainly the best way to kickstart the Year of the Fire Monkey! xx

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