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Adam Stephanides | | Mar 16, 2000 10:01 AM

I went to Ping's yet again the other night. (I had orginally planned to go to the Nice Restaurant, but when I called, they were full up because of two wedding parties). Since I'd enjoyed the fried pig intestines so much on my last visit, I ordered the sauteed goose intestines with peppers. And I couldn't resist checking out the spicy boneless duck web.

The spicy boneless duck web turned out to be a lot like chicken feet--i. e., basically skin. This wasn't fried and crispy like the skin on roast duck, though. Rather, its texture was like the skin of a boiled chicken. It was served cold, in some sort of sweet-sour marinade, with a similarly flavored dipping sauce. While my description may not make it sound particularly appetizing, it was actually quite tasty. Incidentally, though it was listed in the appetizers section, it was an entree-sized portion (and priced appropriately).

The goose intestines with peppers were nothing like the fried pig intestines. Instead, they were long, thin, brownish-black strips that resembled in texture hot dog skins more than anything else. The peppers were of the bell rather than hot type, and the dish's flavor was in fact dominated by a black bean sauce, which was very good.

To sum up, both dishes were good, but not as good as my favorites from past visits. And, on the basis of quality alone, the goose intestines weren't good enough to justify their hefty price tag (nearly twenty bucks). Still, I'm glad I tried them--how many other chances will I get to eat goose intestines?

Incidentally, I've never mentioned one of the dishes I had on an earlier visit: twin flavor frogs. This was a platter with sauteed frogs in the center on top of a pile of absolutely scrumptious pea pods, surrounded by a ring of what the menu calls "crispy desert frogs," which were actually (I think) lightly breaded and fried. The frogs were small, but there were a lot of them. I found the sauteed frogs pretty flavorless, but the crispy desert frogs delicious.


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