Din Tai Fung

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Din Tai Fung

I must have walked past this restaurant at Gardens MidValley many, many times but I just never attempted to check it out. Perhaps there’s just too many restaurants of this genre around? But when Ken called recently to offer a session with Din Tai Fung, it was an offer I could not refuse.

After all, Din Tai Fung was ranked as one of the world’s top 10 restaurants in 1993 by The New York Times.

I did a little research about Din Tai Fung before attending the session. Finding out the restaurant’s specialty is the least I could do to prep myself. And here’s what I found from an excerpt in Wikipedia.

Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant of Taiwanese origin, specializing in Xiao Long Bao (small steamed buns, marketed as “dumplings” in the West). Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has its restaurant chains in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.

Din Tai Fung

Almost immediately I have this burning desire to ask the question. What … makes a good Xiao Long Bao?

Armed with the ultimate question and a big appetite (the session was set at 10am … and trust me, I am NOT a morning person) I went for the session. I made it just in time as the session was about to begin and I was greeted by the owner of Din Tai Fung Malaysia herself, Ms. Lim Meng Lu. I was truly impressed with her gesture as she personally made time to attend to us despite her busy schedule.

And so our journey through culinary perfection began with a tour by Ms. Lim across their open-kitchen. First stop … the Xiao Long Bao station. This Shanghainese specialty, named after the small bamboo steamer (xiao long) it’s typically served in, is without doubt the dumpling lover’s dumpling. Xiao Long Bao should be sheathed by a skin that’s delicately thin yet resilient enough to encase its steaming, soupy contents.

There’s an art to making Xiao Long Bao – a dumpling nimbly crafted by the most expert dim sum chef should boast an amazing number of tidy little folds. Count ’em – 18 at least, in good hands of a master chef.

Din Tai Fung

Eating Xiao Long Bao required a certain amount of skills as well. Did you know the condiments to compliment the taste of Xiao Long Bao has to be accurate to get the taste “Just Right”? The ginger that is mixed in the sauce for dipping Xiao Long Bao has to be young and fresh ginger. The soy sauce use by Din Tai Fung has been pre-selected from 20 different brands to find the right taste that matches the original sauce from Taiwan.

1 part soy sauce
3 parts vinegar

That’s the right combination for the right taste. Why … to mix with your Xiao Long Bao of course!

Satisfied with my newly acquired knowledge, we moved on the dishes served. Laid on the table were several specialties of Din Tai Fung. The appetizers, according to Miss Lim were some of their best selling items in the menu. As I looked across the table, there were a few varieties of choices … none of which is my favorite. At least not before I tried them. I was never friends with stuffs like cucumber, bean curds or worst …. Century Eggs!

Din Tai Fung

Someone wise once said … never judge a book by it’s cover and I guess it’s very true in this sense. After trying a little of every dish I found my new love! Especially with the one I never liked … Century Eggs! But after trying their Taiwan Century Eggs, my perspective towards it changed totally. Specially imported duck eggs with slices of pickled ginger and guess what? The usual pungent Century Egg after-taste is gone! And suddenly, I love century eggs. The magic hands of a chef ….

I am definitely going back again for their appetizers ESPECIALLY their Taiwan Century Eggs. Besides appetizers, Din Tai Fung is also popular for their La Mian which is type of hand-made or hand-pulled Chinese noodle. Here’s a good list of their latest menu items.

Din Tai Fung

See what others say about Din Tai Fung

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And here’s the address to Din Tai Fung Gardens MidValley
LG207 The Gardens
MidValley City
Tel : +603-2283-2292

  1. email2me Said,

    Their xiu long bao rocks!

    You will never say too much xiu long bao when you eat it.
    .-= email2me´s last blog ..Kuala Lumpur Best Nasi Lemak at Jalan Ipoh, In Front Of HSBC Bank =-.


  2. Chin Said,

    These XLB better be good as a lot of tender loving care are put in.
    .-= Chin´s last blog ..Tian Tian Seafood – Selera Food Court PJS 9/5, Sunway =-.


  3. Big Boys Oven Said,

    wow! very nicely written and eaten lol! . . . .. . . you the boss-man! šŸ™‚
    .-= Big Boys Oven´s last blog ..A Vegan Connection ā€“ Chocolate Avocado Cupcake =-.


  4. Selba Said,

    The best place to have XLB!!! Even here in Jakarta, I will recommend this place šŸ™‚

    Nice shots!
    .-= Selba´s last blog ..Tukang Chi Chong Fan (steamed rice noodle sheets man) =-.


  5. EVo Said,

    Appreciate the detailed study n info on xiao long bao! hey for a place located in gardens, the prices seem quite reasonable. Next time i want taiwanese cuisine i know where to go šŸ˜‰
    .-= EVo´s last blog ..Funky Friday : Scandals in Facebook? Yes, it happens =-.


  6. iamthewitch Said,

    Hey Tim, Totally agree with what you said! Definitely the place to be for XLB. šŸ™‚
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..Iā€™m Addicted to the Olay Game! =-.


  7. Timothy Low Said,

    Ken, you’re right. Never too much “bao”…

    Chin, I specifically detailed their TLC .. hahaha….

    BBO, quality food comes with quality appetite …

    Selba, I am sure many others would agree with you too …

    Evo .. next time u go, don’t forget to call me …

    iamthewitch, when we going there next?
    .-= Timothy Low´s last blog ..Din Tai Fung =-.


  8. taufulou Said,

    hrm..seems like alot ppl went to this restaurant recently
    shall dine in there soon.
    .-= taufulou´s last blog ..The Wok Cafe @ The Strand Damansara =-.


  9. Leo Said,

    my style of eating xiao long bao is simple… as it is!! I don’t put soy sauce nor ginger slice on it… I love how the original soup inside the bao tastes šŸ™‚
    like you, I always go there but never really go in for a meal or something… thank you for enlightening me
    .-= Leo´s last blog ..Ah Keong Yong Tau Fu Chee Cheong Fun @ Taman Selera Uptown, Damansara tama =-.


  10. ck lam Said,

    This is the XLB that I want to eat on next KL outing.
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Stinky Tofu at Tang Steamboat & BBQ Restaurant, Penang =-.


  11. J2Kfm Said,

    agreed that their XLB is of the highest quality, compared to the others i’ve tried in Msia.

    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Breakfast in Kampar, Tapah or Tanjung Malim? =-.


  12. hazza Said,

    It looks such an art to this. I should really try it here on my next visit. Have tried it before elsewhere and not impressed.
    .-= hazza´s last blog ..Whitney Houston – New ALbum – I Look To You =-.


  13. xin Said,

    yummmy! I love the century egg!!!
    .-= xin´s last blog ..Come watch The Ugly Truth screening with me! =-.


  14. superwilson Said,

    xin, we all know u like eggs! lol…

    xiao long bau was awe!
    .-= superwilson´s last blog ..Ramadhan Food Stalls @ Pandan Jaya =-.


  15. Christine Said,

    love your shots Tim! šŸ™‚
    didn’t quite have a nice experience when we first visited here.
    we shall give their new menu a try then šŸ™‚
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..?????? Taste Good Restaurant @ Bandar Puteri Puchong =-.


  16. 550ml jar of faith Said,

    Oh wow! The century egg looks AMAZING! And I actually already happen to like the ordinary century egg, so this will have me hitting the roof!!
    .-= 550ml jar of faith´s last blog ..Nasi at Belanga, The Gardens =-.


  17. Tamie Said,

    I miss this!


  18. fafa Said,

    Can anybody tell me how much are the steamed pork dumplings? and there are how many of them with that price? Thank you so much!!


  19. Adam Said,

    I’ve eaten there many times, and love the variety of rice and noodle dishes!

    Oh and of course who can resist eh beautifully steamed and juicy XLB! xD

    Which reminds me….I need to go there one of these fine weekends again!!


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