Doughy dim sum and bland fillings mean that the NOW dim sum take out bar on Liverpool Street gets our thumbs down. Their infused ice teas and juice blends are worthy a mention though.
Located opposite Liverpool Street station is the dim sum take out bar NOW, a new venture of the Ping Pong Group. I am not a big fan of Ping Pong’s dim sum but I thought I would give NOW a try for lunch anyway, hoping it might be different. The Now ‘classic basket’ (£3.99) has six varieties of dim sum:
- Seafood Dumpling
- Coriander Prawn Dumpling
- Chicken Shu Mai
- Spicy Vegetable Dumpling
- Chicken Cashew Nut Dumpling
Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The dim sum shells were too doughy and almost all the fillings except for the coriander prawn and spicy vegetable dim sum were painfully bland. Thank goodness for the pot of chilli sauce on the side. Another complaint was that six dim sum were not particularly filling. A basket of eight would probably have hit the mark. To accompany my dim sum, I bought a lemon grass infused jasmine tea, which was quite tasty, not too sweet or bitter and had an invigorating jolt of lemongrass.
Interestingly, I discovered that almost all of these dim sum are available on the Ping Pong menu. Further digging revealed that the dim sum and dumplings for both NOW and the Ping Pong restaurants are produced in a central kitchen in North Woolwich and then delivered to the respective premises, where they are steamed for consumption. Having a central kitchen obviously makes a lot of economical sense, however you could also deduce from this that NOW is purely Ping Pong repackaged. So, if you don’t like Ping Pong, you won’t like NOW.
Now, 22/23 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7PD. 0207 042 9191