Making Dim Sum and locked in the loo

February 5, 2014

Chinese foodLast night, in honour of Chinese New Year, I was invited to Ping Pong, a restaurant specialising in Dim Sum which offers classes in making Dim Sum. As a big fan of Asian food, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

Learning how to make Dim SumRemember The Generation Game? It was a bit like that. We sat in a row wearing chef hats and followed the instructions that were being given to us, which involved a lot of folding pastry into special shapes. None of which I quite achieved.

My attempts at Dim SumThey made it look easy. It wasn’t. But it was very funny.

My Dim SumAfterwards they took our Dim Sum away and we moved to a restaurant table for dinner; they then brought our Dim Sum back to us, steamed. They looked A LOT better cooked.

Chinese stir fryAnd then we were given all kinds of deliciousness to eat…

As I’d been drinking quite a few glasses of Champagne I needed the loo. So off I went, but then when it was time to leave the cubicle… disaster. I couldn’t open the door. No matter which way I turned the lock, no matter how much I pulled, the door refused to open.

Of course, regular readers will know that I’m disaster queen – whether it’s falling off a Segway or crashing an ATV. But the last time I was properly locked in a loo I think I was a small child.

In desperation I started banging on the door. I could hear the diners clattering away outside, but no one seemed to be able to hear me. ‘Hellooo!’ I yelled, banging on the door with both fists. ‘Hellooo!’

Finally, a small voice said, ‘hello?’ ‘I’m LOCKED IN!’ I shouted, at this point no longer caring whether anyone in the restaurant could hear me. ‘I’ll go and get help,’ the woman said. After what seemed like eons I heard another voice, the manageress, telling me she would return with a screwdriver.  Then one of my friends, and another waitress. Quite a small crowd appeared to be gathering outside.

‘Try turning the knob and then pushing the door instead of pulling it,’ the waitress said. ‘Um… OK,’ I said, giving it a go.

The door opened instantly and I walked back out into the restaurant, red-faced.

*This is my entry to The Gallery and the theme this week is ‘food’.


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  • Coombemill February 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Super impressed with the look of these

  • Molly February 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

    What a great thing to do. I love dim Sum too but it does look very tricky to make


  • Kelloggsville February 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Oh dear. A real ‘dim’ sung! Do you remember ‘oh dear what can’t he matter be, 3 ladies were locked in the lavatory….’ You’ve got me singing it lol

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone February 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Oh bless you, I can imagine me doing exactly the same thing! #TheGallery

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) February 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Oh dear, I’m sorry but that really made me laugh 🙂 The food looks amazing though!

  • Susan Mann February 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    lol, we’ve all been there. However the food looks awesome x

  • Cakesphotoslife (Angie) February 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    How exciting, I’m am trying out new Chinese dishes at present and loving it x

  • Caroline (BecomingaSAHM) February 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Ha ha love that you got locked in the loo, even funnier that the lock wasn’t broken or something – I’m always convinced something like that is going to happen to me! The dim sum course sounds like a lot of fun though 🙂 #thegallery

  • jfb57 February 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

    That has happened to me & it is so embarrasing. However, what was more so was when I had gone into the gents, not seen the urinals & had to come out when my husband of the time came in to tell me what I had done! It was during a big cricket dinner so they were all waiting for me when I eventually came out!!

  • SaveEveryStep - family stories past and present February 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

    LOL. We’ve all been there! Totes embarrassing