Right from the start, we’ve been pretty into Bing Bing. Slap down a fusion-y dim sum joint on Passyunk and fill it with soup dumplings, reuben bao and pitchers of rum-heavy cocktails, and really, what’s not to like? No, not everything there has gone perfectly smoothly (Trey Popp had a bone or two to pick in his recent review), but sometimes that’s the risk you accept when dealing with a place where the kitchen’s menu design ethos is something akin to try everything once, try the good stuff twice.
But now, we have two things happening that actually make us like the place even more. First, they’ve just added delivery through Caviar and, starting tomorrow, they’re gonna have a happy hour.
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Despite the noise, despite quibbles over texture and dumpling-skin thickness, Craig Laban finds a lot to like about Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Daragh’s sequel to Cheu Noodle Bar. But he spends a significant portion of his critical real estate talking about all the work Puchowitz did trying to convince someone–anyone–to teach him how to make proper soup dumplings.
Do not be deceived by the dumpling. It may well be the world’s cutest food – a bite-sized wonder of sheer dough handiwork gift-wrapped around an infinite variety of juicy hidden treasures. But a great one can be devilishly complex. And the many mysteries of the dumpling’s art – the recipes for perfectly pliant dough, the sleight-of-hand to shape them deftly – are fiercely guarded by its skilled practitioners. In particular, from the prying eyes of Ben Puchowitz.
Two Bells — Very Good
Hip and creatively nontraditional, Ben Puchowitz’s take on dumplings is dim sum, and then some [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk is this Sunday and though the culinary tour is sold out, you can still take advantage of the free street festival. Along with shopping and live music on the street, restaurants are offering drink specials all day.
Bing Bing Dim Sum will also open for special lunch hours. You can get a preview of what’s to come when the fun dumpling spot launches their lunchtime hours. They’ll be serving their full menu from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $4 Victory Summer Love drafts.
To check out the drink specials at the rest of the East Passyunk restaurants, look here.