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Question About Dim Sum (Ping Pang Pong)

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by vegasvic, Jan 25, 2017.

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  1. vegasvic

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    We have eaten at PPP 2-3 times, always at dinner. Last year we had lunch there and at lunch they serve Dim Sum. We had never had it before and were a bit overwhelmed as carts of food were going around with servers who spoke little to no English. So rather than eat random food that we may or may not like we ordered off the menu, which was good as always. But we appeared to be the only one's not eating Dim Sum (and the only non-asians in the place at the time). I assume you are charged ala carte based on what you pick each time a cart comes around...

    When we got home I did some research on Dim Sum and would like to try it next time we're there. So my question is how the heck are you suppose to know what you're eating lol?. It didn't appear that any of the stuff on any of the carts were labeled and as I said above the servers couldn't really speak English.

    I feel like a noob here :cool:
     
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  2. Snidely

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    I feel your pain. Wife and I sat down there at PPP last year; realized we had no idea what we were doing, we were the only Occidentals, and everyone was eating off the cart. We left and went to the other Asian restaurant.
     
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    If you find out please let us know.

    We ate their at Christmas time. Accepted 3 items they 'offered' to us. One was like thick bacon ($9 I think), another was eggplant something ($2.xx), and I forget what the other one was about ($2.xx). For 2 bucks I'll try anything. If it's going to be $9 I would like to know the price up front. It was interesting, the girls stamped our ticket when we accepted items. We also ordered food off the menu. I'm looking forward to going back.

    The server had decent English. The others not so.
     
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    That's what we had. The server from who we ordered off the menu was fine. But the ladies bringing the carts around couldn't speak English.
     
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    I'm with you here and looking forward to the pro's chiming in as we've thought about trying PPP.

    Some years ago in San Francisco we took our daughters to a highly rated dim sum place in Chinatown - choices were abundant and inviting - between the four of us had about 20 items and with the exception of a few didn't have a clue!
    Turned out to be fun but expensive.
     
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    I have lots of Chinese friends and go Dim Sum with them. I picked up on a few names of the dishes. But basically, if it looks good to you then just point and if it doesn't, then pass. I've been fortunate enough that pretty much all the cart pushers at least understand if I ask them if it has beef, pork, shrimp, etc... After you taste, just remember what it looks like so you know what to order and not to order the next time :)


    http://www.dimsumcentral.com/dim-sum-menu-guide/
     
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    You went to the better Asian restaurant, Noodles Express is one of my favorites in Vegas..I to had a similar experience at ppp and have no desire to go back
     
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    Don't eat off of the cart! Think of it as a resort fee!
     
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    So May 5 by my calculation?

    We are in Vegas May 4-11. Meet you at Lucky Dragon. All you need to know is

    DIM SUM 点心
    HAR GOW (3) 虾饺 6.88 Shrimp Dumpling
    SHUMAI (4) 烧卖 5.88 Pork Dumpling
    STEAMED BBQ PORK BUN (3) 蒸叉烧包 5.88 Barbeque pork in a white bun
    EGG TART (2) 澳门葡挞 6.88 Egg custard tart
    PAN SEARED DAIKON CAKE (3) XO 煎萝卜糕 6.88 Chinese vegetable (like a turnip) mixed with a rice noodle and pan fried

    Nothing is really that exotic although maybe the newbie should avoid the chicken feet.
     
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    I've spent 4 weeks in China in the past few years. Every meal in China was family style with at least 6 people so I got to try a lot of dishes but have no idea what they're called and never saw Dim Sum in China. Been to Noodles Express twice and gotten the hot pot both times. Think I'm at an age where my stomach has about had it with such spicy food.
     
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    Well we always go eat dim sum locally or while in Vegas as well...Lemongrass has pretty good dim sum even the they spoke little English we never had issues when they explain what's inside some of dishes....or we refer to menu.
     
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    Arriving May 7. What you posted all sound good, except maybe the Daikon cake :)
     
  13. hard6

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    It's not as bad as it sounds lol
     
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    Does anyone in Vegas make that soup dumplings (Xiaolongbao)? I've heard those are to die for and want to find a place that makes them. :licklips:
     
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    I thought PPP was supposed to close temporarily for renovations. Any word on that? I do find PPP easier to order and enjoy, as someone that doesn't have much knowledge of the cuisine, than the Noodle Exchange across the casino.
     
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    From Vegas Eater in November

     
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    Really depends on how adventurous you are, but it would be better to request the assistance of the people around you that are fluent in English and Chinese. Or, you can try out your local dim sum restaurant, find some of your favorites, and remember their Chinese names, since there are some selections that are pretty universal to every dim sum restaurant.

    I ate at the Pearl Ocean restaurant in the Lucky Dragon, and the xiao long bao were very good. Definitely glad I made the trek out there.
     
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    Great! Thanks for the info dude! Will definitely try to make it out to the Lucky Dragon in march!
     
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