Interviewing Chinese Londoner Ruby Wu, Ping Pong

London celebrates Chinese New Year in a big way, with an annual Chinatown parade and a cultural festival in Trafalgar Square. For an insight into London’s Chinese side, we’ve interviewed Ruby Wu, Dim Sum Master for Ping Pong.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ruby arrived in the UK as a teenager to study at Warminster School in Wiltshire, but she wanted big city bustle: ‘It was idyllic countryside, but I moved to London in my 20s,’ says Ruby. ‘The shopping, the partying, meeting new people ­– I’ve been here for 10 years and I’m still loving it.’

‘I’m not a classically trained chef but I always have eyes for new products and I like to mix new ingredients, so that’s how I started working at Ping Pong. Our Chinese food has a twist to it, but there are certain traditional dishes that, as a dim sum restaurant, you have to have, such as har gow (prawn dumplings) and shumai (open dumplings with goji berries).’
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Jian dui (fried rice-flour balls, above) are typical for Chinese New Year, so we have a very nice chocolate version as a Ping Pong menu special this year.’

‘This is very a family-orientated time of year, but if I’m in London I’ll have a party with my friends. I’ve been to the Chinese New Year celebration in Trafalgar Square before and they have loads of different stalls: traditional Chinese dance, music, calligraphy, drawing and different food.’

Elsewhere, Ruby recommends The V&A: ‘It has a lot of ancient Chinese art, which is an interesting way to learn our history – you can easily spend a day there.’ | Bow Bells House, Covent Garden, Marylebone, Shepherd’s Bush, Soho, Southbank, St Katharine Docks, Wembley 

Read our list on how to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in London and discover more Chinese Londoners in our interview series below: 

Ellen Chew, Rasa Sayang restaurant founder 

Reverend Paul Lau and Eugene Ling, St Martin-in-the-Fields church 

Lucy Mitchell, MD for SeeWoo Oriental Food Specialists 

An-Ting Chang, CEO for Chinese Arts Now 

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