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windycity May 1, 2009 06:39 PM

The last couple of times I've gone, the food has been less fresh and the seafood, which I love because it's the freshest that I've had at a dim sum place, was not good. Has anyone else noticed this occurrence? I hope it's only me. I am going again tomorrow cos I'm giving it one last chance.

  1. DarthEater May 2, 2009 12:39 PM

    I've dismissed their dim sum completely. Mushy shrimp har gow, cold chicken feet, waterlogged on most items and deep fried items were no longer crispy but cold. We spit out most of the items and complained but they didnt seem to really care. I went on a Friday high noon time.

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      kobetobiko May 3, 2009 10:53 AM

      Agreed. Their quality went significantly downhill a few years ago. Particuarly dim sum. I always wondered why it was still so crowded at dim sum time.

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      bearmi May 2, 2009 06:39 PM

      I am sorry to hear about your experience. I was never impressed with their food or their service. Maybe you can try some of the other dim sum places recommended by fellow chowhounds.

      1. financialdistrictresident May 4, 2009 03:20 AM

        Thanks for the report windycity. I only went to Ping's once for dim sum and switched to Jing Fong (thanks to posts by hounds).

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          susan robin May 4, 2009 12:42 PM

          I think it has gone way downhill. Have had some decent shrimp and chive dumplings but agree re freshness of the fish.

          1. scoopG May 4, 2009 02:46 PM

            Chef/Owner Chuen Ping Hui has basically retired - not even sure if his wife Nancy is even around there anymore.

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              windycity May 17, 2009 12:21 PM

              Thanks - good to know. I actually started eating here about 2 years ago and it was amazing and fresh. In the past few months the decline has just become unacceptable.

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                david sprague May 17, 2009 12:43 PM

                that's a shame. loved pings in the past but have not been in over a year. when i hear a chorus of downhill claims, as opposed to a lone gunman, it hits home. and it makes me sad when it happens to a place i enjoyed

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                  Peter Cherches May 18, 2009 11:44 AM

                  I started going there in 2002, and for a while it was my favorite Chinatown spot, but I found the decline started 2 or 3 years ago. I wonder when Ping hung up his toque.

                  http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                    kim e May 30, 2009 09:27 PM

                    i completely agree. it used to be my go-to place back in 2001, but it's just been getting worse and worse.

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                  DarthEater May 30, 2009 12:19 AM

                  And funny thing was I went to try it based on the recommendations on this board. I was left with doubts about Chowhound and the posters who praised it then.

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                    Peter Cherches May 30, 2009 06:52 AM

                    Yeah, the problem is that yesterday's gem could become today's zonk in a flash with the change of a chef, owner, or business approach.

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                      bearmi May 30, 2009 07:09 AM

                      Exactly! In regards to DarthEater's comment about having doubts about the comments, I can certainly relate to that. My philosophy is that since taste is often a matter of personal preference, I usually take all the recommendations with a grain of salt, whether they are good or bad. A lot of times we won't know if we really like a place or not until we personally visit the restaurants to experience the food ourselves.

                      I would say the recommendations here are good "references" but we will have to try the restaurants ourselves and be the final judges.

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                        Chandavkl May 31, 2009 07:36 PM

                        Good examples in reverse over the years would be Dim Sum Go Go, Red Egg and Chinatown Brasserie, where mixed early comments left me skeptical but going there in person convinced me that these places were good.

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                  bard May 31, 2009 07:59 PM

                  I went for lunch last week and was very disappointed. I think the economy is just too tough for Ping's.

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