Amid much competition, Ping's Dumpling Kitchen is known to locals as the best dumpling restaurant in Clayton. With delicious food and conscientious service, it's not hard to see why.
At peak lunch and dinner times, Ping's is always packed with locals stuffing themselves with dumplings. Despite the popularity of the place, service is always fast. As soon as you walk in, one of the staff will hurriedly find you a table. Once you place your order, your food will arrive surprisingly quickly. During busy times, Ping's lacks the privacy of other eateries as you may be seated at one of the long group tables alongside complete strangers.
Their pan fried pork dumplings and pan fried beef dumplings are the two standard dishes that every visitor to Ping's should order. Deliciously crispy and filled with flavoursome meat, it's easy to understand why dumplings are the restaurant's namesake. The shells are not too doughy but not too scant either.
Their dumplings can be oily though, so make sure to ask for plenty of water. On a previous visit to Ping's I ordered vegetarian steamed dumplings, which, bereft of oil, are the healthier option. They contained an interesting combination of vegetables which is unparalleled by vegetarian dumplings from elsewhere. While the steamed dumplings were also enjoyable, they lack the crispy texture which makes the pan fried dumplings so tasty.
Like most dumpling restaurants, Ping's is cheap. Being located in an area heavily populated with students makes sure of that. A plate of dumplings will cost you a meagre $8.80 for a plate of 12 (beef) or 15 (pork).
While they are best known for their delectable dumplings, they do serve other dishes at Ping's, such as soup and rice dishes. The bulk of their menu is comprised of noodles- they boast nearly thirty different noodle dishes.
With natural light flooding through the restaurant, Ping's seems much cleaner and better kept than other dingy dumpling eateries. Once you've been there, you won't want dumplings from anywhere else in Clayton.