Dim sum masterclass at Ping Pong

April 3rd 2014

Ping Pong Dum Sum

Last week Ping Pong invited me to take a dim sum masterclass at their Westfield Stratford restaurant. The restaurant only opened there last month, and I’m glad to have one close to home as I love their food. So I was excited to go and learn how to make their tasty dumplings myself…

Ping Pong Dum Sum

Armed with a delicious – and rather potent – cocktail (which may or may not have hampered our dim sum success) we first got an introduction to the art of dumpling from Ping Pong’s head chef, before being let loose on the ingredients. The dough for these steamed dumplings is made from fine wheat flour, potato starch and water, which gives it the characteristic chewiness. You can also add colouring from natural vegetable sources (spinach for green, beetroot for pink, carrot for orange etc) and they are then stuffed with a meat, seafood or vegetable filling before being steamed to plump deliciousness.

Ping Pong Dum Sum

There’s a technique to getting the perfect little scalloped shape: tuck, fold, press. Naturally the chefs who make up to 3,000 dumplings a day are pro at rolling out perfect ones each time, but us mortals struggled a bit to get the hang of it. With their encouragement, I got a few looking quite neat.

Ping Pong Dum Sum

Some of us took it more seriously than others…

Ping Pong Dum Sum

There was a friendly competition for the best dim sum roller amongst our group. I won, and got a bottle of bubbly for my efforts! I have to confess, I probably had a head start as I learned a similar technique on the Japanese cooking class I did a while ago.

Ping Pong Dum Sum

After our handmade efforts came back from being steamed, we got to enjoy them, then we were treated to several more classic Ping Pong dishes too. We all went home pretty stuffed and merry from the cocktails. If you fancy taking a class yourself, they can be privately booked for a group at a cost of £40 per head, which includes the masterclass and meal afterwards. Check Ping Pong’s site for details.

Comments (5)

  • Lisa

    April 3rd 2014 at 9:40 pm

    This looks amazing, I’m dying to learn to make dumplings so that I can have them at home whenever I want.

  • Vanessa

    April 3rd 2014 at 9:46 pm

    That is so awesome! I loved Ping Pong – the best dim sum. Did they teach you how they make the dough or just the rolling/forming techniques?

    1. Katie

      April 4th 2014 at 1:03 pm

      They had prepared the dough, but we got recipe cards!

  • Naomi

    April 4th 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I would love to do this, Dim Sum is probably one of my favourite meals ever and I would love to learn how to make it.

  • She

    April 11th 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Looks awesome, and yummy.

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