Turning quick lefts and rights through the smoky Gold Coast casino floor, you dodge cocktail waitresses, Vegas locals and the guy playing the five-cent slot machines with his feet up. But it's totally worth it.
You're on a mission: Must find dim sum now.
You can find it at Ping Pang Pong. The restaurant has an open floor plan, where the dining area is open to the casino and the kitchen is open to the dining room. That being said, the restaurant needs the extra room, especially during lunch hours.
For lunch, Ping Pang Pong serves dim sum to a packed house of yearning regulars and anticipating newbies that come for an authentic dim sum experience. All are welcome, although the overwhelming Chinese population in the room lets you know you've found a gem.
Carts full of delicious little dumplings, noodles and more are paraded around the dining room so you can choose your favorites or pass, if you're so inclined. However, I wouldn't pass too many of these delicate bites, because they go fast. So, if you see something you like, grab it, because the menu is constantly changing.
As the carts roll by, and the lids of the metal pots spring open, your mouth begins to water. One cart is filled with broad rice noodles that wrap fillings like chicken, shrimp, beef and pork. Another is piled high with buns, sesame rolls, spring rolls, and rice. A third features sliding glass doors that open up to shrimp dumplings, braised spicy duck and wonton-wrapped pork dumplings.
Sweet dishes include a heavenly dense custard tart, sugar-filled egg buns, and a special egg custard topped with a flaky puff pastry.
Ping Pang Pong delivers excellent dim sum options during lunch hours and traditional Chinese dishes during dinner and late-night hours.
-- By Nikki Neu