[NEW] Ping Pong Diplomacy – SM Aura

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Ping Pong Diplomacy is one of the newest restaurants in town. It just opened last week at the 3rd level of SM Aura in BGC. Ping Pong Diplomacy is a modern take on Chinese cuisine with an American twist. This one of a kind restaurant is the brainchild of Charlie Paw, the man behind Lowbrow Casual Restaurants and Tasteless Food Group, and a group of young and talented chefs like Him Uy De Baron, Noel Mauricio, Miko Aspiras, and Kristine Lotilla. Before we proceed to the tasting part, let’s talk about where Ping Pong Diplomacy got its name. The phrase “Ping Pong Diplomacy” might sound very familiar to most of you who know a thing or two about the Cold War. It refers to the time when China and the United States tried to ease the tension between them through Ping Pong during the time of President Nixon. If you have seen Forrest Gump, you would know what we mean. Now that the story behind the name has been taken cared of, we can now EATSperience Ping Pong Diplomacy!

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Forrest Gump, Chairman Mao, President Nixon, and a wall full of ping pong paddles. Ping Pong Diplomacy took us back to an old Chinese restaurant with their vintage decors, steel accordion gates, and tiled floors. It really felt like we were back in the olden days trying out something new.

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Ping Pong Diplomacy was so packed that night when we dropped by. There were lots of people who wanted to try and to find out what makes this newly-opened restaurant unique and special than other heaps of Chinese restaurants in town. The kitchen was so busy because of the never ending arrival of diners and guests. We even saw Chef Noel Mauricio in action while he plated some of the dishes and the same time, guided his team.

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After seeing all the action inside the kitchen and all the seemingly satisfied diners, we got even more excited as the dishes started arriving on our table. From small plates down to dessert, Ping Pong Diplomacy has prepared a fleet of dishes that looked really interesting from the get go. Now, the time has come to finally EATSperience what Ping Pong Diplomacy has to offer!

Small Plates

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Truffled Mushroom Edamame Dumplings
(edamame, 3 kinds of mushroom, and truffle oil)
Php 160

The mixture of ginger and truffle oil was amazing and it was filled with so much aroma! We didn’t even care that this was purely edamame and mushrooms. It was sooooo good!

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Wonton Cheeseburger
(crisp wonton, wagyu beef, and sharp cheddar)
Php290

Ping Pong Diplomacy did a great job with their fried dumplings with a twist. The sharp cheddar filling not only added flavor but it also added a much needed creaminess. Must try!

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Crunchy Eggplant
(battered eggplant, fragrant sauce, prickly ash)
Php 140

One of the best of this EATSperience! It may look boring at first, but wait till you get your first bite! What a great dish, filled with sweet and savory flavors. Plus, we loved the crunch from every component of this dish.

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Ping Pong Wings
(12 spice blend, crispy leeks, sweet pickled cucumbers)
Php 320

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! This matches pretty well with other restaurants that specialize in chicken wings. The use of different spices was impeccable! Super crispy and flavorful. Well done!

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Prawn Scotch Egg
(5 minute egg, prawn, pork, and wasabi mayo)
Php 180

The sesame crust was super fragrant! It played a big part in making this dish good. The minced prawn and pork combination was well-seasoned. TIP: Make sure you dip it onto its wasabi mayo sauce for a complete EATSperience!

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Simple Fried Eggs
(scallions, pork floss, and oriental sauce)
Php 135

This may be simple, but it’s a must try! We never thought that fried egg could be elevated like this, but it worked. Crispy, sweet, and spicy. Well done, Ping Pong Diplomacy!

Rice & Noodles

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Spicy Chickpea Noodles
(fresh lo mien, deep fried chickpeas, and thick cut bacon)
Php 265

We haven’t had noodles with crispy chickpeas before but this one was pretty tasty. Yes, it’s another spicy dish but with the addition of the sweet and salty (melt-in-your-mouth) bacon, was more than enough to make us forget about how spicy it was. If you are looking for a unique noodle dish, you will love this!

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Dan Dan Chicken Skin Rice
(crispy chicken skin, fermented chili bean, and toasted peanuts)
Php 285

The mother of all spicy fried rice! We have been fans, ever since we had this Fire in the Hole at Hole in the Wall. Perfect combination of all the ingredients and how they make and present it is how it was when we first tried it. Consistency at its finest!

Big Plates

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Typhoon Shelter Grilled Prawns
(grilled tiger prawns, crispy garlic, and charred pickled veggies)
Php 650

Perfectly grilled and succulent prawns! The garlic was the X-Factor of this dish though. Some might not like it, but crispy fried garlic is not just fragrant, it also tastes really good too! 

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Not Mapo Tofu
(steamed fresh soya custard, pork two ways, and crispy leeks)
Php 330

We found this dish really spicy yet flavorful. The silky smooth fresh soya custard was perfect! It made this dish distinct even though it retained the taste of the usual mapo tofu. If you love spicy food and lots of rice, you must order this one!

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Cumin Lamb Pouches
(lamb shank, cumin seed, and toasted baos)
Php 630

Crispy and super tender lamb shank! It was like a hidden gem inside the fluffy toasted bao. We loved eating it with its creamy herbed sauce. The whole thing smelled and tasted really good!

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Caveman Beef Rib
(braised beef rib, crispy shallots, and zhenjang vinaigrette)
Php 535

Fall off the bone beef rib! This was one of the few dishes that wasn’t spicy. Don’t forget to shower the beef rib with lots of black vinegar. It simply changes the complexion of the dish from a simple braised beef dish to being an outstanding and perfectly executed dish.

Dessert

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Fortune Balls
(ginger, taro, and black sesame mochi with sesame crumble and pistachio cream)
Php 150

Good thing we stayed for a few more minutes because this dessert was THE BOMB! These balls tasted a fortune but only costs a hundred fifty pesos. The ginger was just right, the taro was great, and the black sesame was perfect. The sesame crumble and pistachio cream though were on a different level. Both made this dessert HEAVENLY. You gotta order this one!

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After this progressive Chinese and mostly spicy dining EATSperience, we were really stuffed and satisfied. Most of the dishes were spicy for our own taste, however, we still enjoyed because every dish presented was packed with different textures and flavors. If you are into Chinese food yet you are looking for something more exciting and fun, Ping Pong Diplomacy is the place for you. As the story behind its name will make you understand that Chinese food with a blend of American twists can give you a unique yet delicious dining EATSperience. Try it out and tell us what you think about Ping Pong Diplomacy. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! Till next time!

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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Operating Hours:

10:00am to 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)

Budget: 500-1000 php for two

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