GOA DIARIES: Ping’s Bia Hoi

Now that I am writing up my reviews of my recent foodie escapades while on holiday in Goa, I realised that I dined out at restaurants serving Asian cuisine. I’m not complaining.

Ventured out one night to Ping’s Bia Hoi, a pan-Asian beer garden meets Southeast Asian street food haunt (Bia Hoi literally translated means ‘fresh beer’ in Vietnamese) in Sangolda.

You are greeted with vibrant Vietnamese curio and artwork including posters across walls and ceilings. What I loved about the outdoor area was that plants and trees seemed to lend themselves perfectly to the natural feel of the restaurant. You cannot miss the bar as soon as you walk in – its impressive and well stocked.

On a side note, I did enjoy an alcoholic cocktail after what has been eons – called the Barracuda – and it had to have passion fruit in it.

The overall vibe may be Vietnamese, but the menu is not limited to only that cuisine but includes some dishes from other south Asian countries like Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand and China.

There is a lot on the menu to choose from, so I took the easy way out – I left the ordering to my fellow diners. And this is what they chose we would eat:

Butter Garlic Prawns Dim Sum, which was hand, pounded spiced prawns with chives and brown garlic

Dynamite Water Chestnuts with chilli garlic wasabi mayo

Edamame Wasabi and Truffle Dim Sum

We did have another starter, but I can’t remember making a note of what it was (except that the tail in the photo gave it away to be shrimp), but here’s a photo of it nonetheless:

If you thought that was not enough, we then went in for the mains:

Chicken with fresh mushrooms with black bean sauce

Beef Stew with kohlrabi and dry red chilli.

Stir Fried exotic vegetables in hot basil sauce

Steamed Rice

Dessert for me was the Passion Fruit sorbet and chocolate gelato.

Service for me says a lot about a restaurant and it could either make or break a diner’s experience. An anecdote on the service at Ping’s needs to be shared. The Beef Stew dish we ordered was too salty when we tried it and when we shared this feedback with our server, he immediately took it back to rectify. An apology, followed by a solution and everyone was happy. It was as simple as that, and we continued to dig in and enjoy the rest of the meal.

SIDE NOTE: You might ask or at least think of asking me what happened to trying the delicious Goan food everyone talks about when they visit – and to that my reply would be, simple. The best Goan food you can have is at the homes of Goans, and I was lucky to have had that opportunity on many occasions during my visit.

Location: Ping’s Bia Hoi, House 78, Mae De Deus Vaddo, Chogm Road, Sangolda, Goa 403511 Telephone: +917823888360 Open from 12 NOON – 11.00 PM

NOTE: I ate at PING’S BIA HOI on my OWN time and money. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.