I'm finally getting around to trying places that I've heard about and wanted to try for a long time - Din Tai Fung is one of them. This place doesn't need any introduction, with worldwide branches & it's army of workers making dumplings. I went for an extremely early dinner after a day of shopping in the city, and the restaurant was already full, with a line. At 5:45!?
It was only a quick wait of 10 minutes, as they are so quick and efficient
Glossy menu with pictures (yay! I'm getting used to this picture menu thing)
I wasn't that enamoured by the offerings on the menu - dumplings & noodles were a must, but other than that, I didn't know what else to order - anyone recommend?
Guide to enjoying Xiao Long Bao - their speciality
Lychee and mint drink - should really have been MINT and lychee - It was extremely minty with just a touch of lychee. Not a fan, but that's because I can only handle so much mint... It tasted like mouthwash to me, but mint fans should go for it!
Perfect xiao long bao - yummy!
Prawn & pork dumplings - these were OK
Preserved vegetable & pork noodles (dry) - This looks quite bland, but the noodles saved the day - so deliciously smooth and tasty!
Can't go without dessert - fried taro bread - nice, but I think I prefer red bean as the taro lacked flavour
Overall, it was good, but I think I was expecting something a bit more from all the rave reviews! I miss my trashy fried dumplings (ala Shanghainese style) too. Anyone recommend any dishes to try at Din Tai Fung?