Ping Pong Diplomacy's Dan Dan Rice Is Back With a Feisty, Flavorful Vengeance

The modern Chinese eatery has reopened as a cloud kitchen.

traditional Chinese eats from Ping Pong Diplomacy
PHOTO BY The Grid Food Market

( Though traditional Chinese eats are always a good idea, it's also worth exploring how it can be remixed and played around with! That's exactly what local establishment Ping Pong Diplomacy did as they opened their doors at Bonifacio Global City in 2017, serving up modern Chinese eats that were as eye-opening in taste as they were vibrant in presentation. They closed their doors in 2018, but if you've been missing their signature dishes, we've got good news: Ping Pong Diplomacy has reopened as a cloud kitchen over at The Grid!

Dan Dan Rice from Ping Pong Diplomacy
Missed Ping Pong Diplomacy's Dan Dan Rice and other modern Chinese eats? Guess what—they're back.
PHOTO BY The Grid Food Market

Also read: The Best Chinese Restaurants in Manila for Your Next Celebration

Ping Pong Diplomacy is back; check out some of the drool-worthy eats you can order:

Ping Pong Diplomacy's bringing back a number of their signature dishes—and though the current lineup is on the short side, there's definitely no shortage of flavor to be had here! The Crunchy Eggplant (P295/good for two to three) is a great place to start: This crispy starter upgrades the usual eggplant-tempura affair with the addition of a house fragrant sauce and shower of leeks, red chili, sesame seeds, fried shallots, and cilantro for an aromatic bite with a touch of heat.

Meanwhile, the Simple Fried Egg (P290/good for two to three) is anything but, well, simple: It's got eggs deep-fried until crisp and lacey, then taken out to flavor town with toppings of pork floss, hoisin sauce, crispy chicken skin, fried shallots, chili, and spring onions.

Crunchy Eggplant from Ping Pong Diplomacy
Eggplant goes crisp and fiesty in the Crunchy Eggplant. 
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Simple Fried Egg from Ping Pong Diplomacy
The Simple Fried Egg is anything but, well, simple. 

If it's meat you crave, go for the Ping Pong Wings (P815/one dozen). These fried chicken wings are tossed in their own special spice combo plus pork floss for added umami, then served with pickled sweet cucumbers, fried leeks, red chili, and sesame seeds. The intriguing Not Mapo Tofu (P475/good for two to three) turns classic mapo tofu on its head, giving it a chawanmushi-esque twist that involves a steamed soy custard topped with a house mapo-tofu sauce, fried leeks, ground pork, fried leeks, sesame seeds, and red Szechuan peppercorns for a fruity kick.

Ping Pong Wings from Ping Pong Diplomacy
Move over, buffalo wings—the Ping Pong Wings is where it's at. 
Classic Mapo Tofu from Ping Pong Diplomacy
Classic mapo tofu meets chawanmushi in the Not Mapo Tofu.  

Of course, almost no Asian meal is complete without rice, and the Dan Dan Rice (P515/good for two to three) is definitely worth checking out. Here, Ping Pong Diplomacy stir-fries Japanese rice with their own dan dan paste, and makes it a party with squash, green peas, shiitake mushrooms, and ground pork. Topped with fried eggs, crispy chicken skin, and crushed peanuts, you get a dynamic mix of savory, spicy, meaty profiles that'll have you back for more spoonfuls. An order is good for two to three—but don't be surprised if you find yourself polishing off a whole tray.

Dan Dan Rice from Ping Pong Diplomacy
Try and get a little of everything for the full sensation in the Dan Dan Rice.
PHOTO BY The Grid Food Market

At the moment, Ping Pong Diplomacy is open for preorders for pickup and delivery from Thursdays to Sundays. Just head over to The Grid's website to get your fix.

For orders, visit Ping Pong Diplomacy on The Grid's website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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