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Happy Chinese New Year at PING PANG PONG

Anyone who tells you they don’t like the Cantonese food at Ping Pang Pong doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Where else in town can you find juicy, fat, lusciously pregnant Santa Barbara prawns, A-5 Kobe hot pot, egg drop soup to die for, Alaskan king crab legs in a sweet, egg-white batter, a falling-off-the-bone braised pig’s trotter bathed in a sweet/savory bean sauce, and five-spice, tender lamb chops…all served with a 1981 Chateau Musar from Lebanon!

Okay, the Musar was brought to the restaurant by Cary and Antigone Payne (Official Friends Of ELV), but it went splendidly with that melt-in-your-mouth beef, those chops, and the aforementioned impregnated prawns.

Fyi: that Kobe beef was so fatty, it cooked through after only a minute it the hot pot, and was still so delicate and soft that it melted on your tongue even after being overdone.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Gam bei (“drink up” in Mandarin)!

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7 Responses to Happy Chinese New Year at PING PANG PONG

  • Wow! Looks great. Not to be too picky, but it’s my understanding that true Kobe beef — beef from the Hyogo Prefecture, around Kobe — isn’t being imported. The beef packaging indicates it’s wagyu from Japan, but I couldn’t see a point of origin.

  • Off strip ethnic, sage, twist, bar masa, silly press events, etc. *sad sigh* It’s really too bad that that middle aged kids can’t legally adopt dudes in their mid twenties.

  • I’m so excited for good Cantonese cuisine I’m going to check the place out for lunch today ! Those pig’s feet look awesome too !

  • ELV you ever try HK star??? that place is one of the best in town!!!! hasnt been open all that long but damn its good hong kong style cuisine at amazing prices

  • Great review and photos ELV. I am salivating over those lamb chops and the prawns bursting with roe.

    It’s been just over a year since I joined you and Steven Shaw, (the New Yorker known as “The Fat Guy”), at Ping Pang Pong for a Dim Sum Feast.

    Steven has authored many words on Cantonese dining and knows his stuff. He and I agree that Ping Pang Pong is far better than some of the other Asian restaurants in the fancy-dancy resorts on the strip. What a feast it was! Can’t wait to go back.

  • I’ve been to HK Star many times. It’s decent but no where near the quality of China Mama in the same parking lot

  • DR – when are you in for Uncork’d? We’ll have to do another Asian-inspired dining feast as I didn’t make the last one!

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