To celebrate the opening of V&A’s ‘Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900’ exhibition later this month, Ping Pong have collaborated with the museum to bring diners a special cocktail menu inspired by artworks featuring in the exhibition. As someone who enjoys cocktails and loves the V&A you can imagine I was pretty excited to hear about the collaboration! Then when the kind people at Ping Pong offered a giveaway of three tables for two, plus tickets to the exhibition and a V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting book for runners up, I snapped up the offer.
If you’ve not heard about the exhibition yet, the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 will bring together Chinese paintings from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century, many of which haven’t been seen here in the UK before.
With eight restaurants around London, Ping Pong are pretty well-known for offering tasty dim sum and a menu of clever cocktails and unusual teas. Available now, you can find a little culture with your cocktail as they’ve added a some special editions to the menu.
Here’s a couple to give you a little flavour…
Plum And Liquorice Sour – Kishu Monogatari plum wine, liquirizia, fresh lemon juice and angostura bitters topped with a fine liqourice dust
A deep purple short drink with plum fragrances and intense liquorice flavours, inspired by Wang Mian’s ‘Fragrant Snow at Broken Bridge’ from the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) which feature his distinct style of painting plum blossoms. Wang Mian’s painting has been especially brought to London from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the exhibition.
Smoked Apricot And Spicy Almond– Apricot juice, smoked water, lime and spicy almond
A spicy, nutty long drink with an underpinning of soft juicy apricot flavours. The drink is inspired by Apricot Peel Water, a popular drink in Dunhuang, a remote region in Northwest China which was the gateway to the ancient Silk Road, from which the V&A has drawn silk banner paintings made for religious rituals from 700-950.
Alongside these cocktails with a historic twist, Ping Pong have launched a limited edition V&A set menu which includes some of their signature dim sum, as well as new additions like delicate steamed squid dumplings wrapped in translucent pastry (for £20 per person).
So the exciting bit, what’s on offer in the giveaway! Ping Pong have offered readers and followers of This City Life three tables for two (up to £30 per head) at one of their London restaurants, plus 10 tickets to V&A’s Masterpieces of Chinese Painting exhibition AND one V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting book.
I’ve chosen the meal at Ping Pong as the main prize, 10 runners up will receive one of the exhibition tickets, and one runner up will win the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting book. To be in with a chance of receiving a prize all you have to do is complete one of the following!
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The giveaway will end on at on Monday 28 October. Winners will be picked at random and contacted directly to arrange collection of their prize.