Friday, August 26, 2011

Singapore Eats: Din Tai Fung

Choose your own adventure, feel free to order everything you like!

One of the first restaurants we ate at here in Singapore was Din Tai Fung. Rated as one of the world's Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times, Din Tai Fung has its roots dating back to Taiwan more than 39 years ago. Our friends Raffy & Frances took us to lunch the first time we met up here, and since then, we have been coming back when inspiration strikes.

It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices, but we've found our magic combination that always hits the spot:

Of course, people flock to Din Tai Fung for these:
A huge novelty is watching the xiao long bao makers at work in the kitchen, behind a glass partition. I swear, every time I pass by and see xiao long bao being freshly made, I want to go inside and order their soup dumplings! Then again, I also feel the same way whenever I see a photo of Paradise Dynasty's colorful, flavored soup dumplings (which deserves a post of its own, of course).

My friend Sarj got me hooked on their fried rice with pork chop. I know, I keep on saying I don't really like eating pork, but this one is one of the ehem, expounding exceptions. The meat is tender and flavorful, and the fried rice is a perfect complement to it.

The three course meal isn't complete without a bowl of noodles in beef broth, Berry loves this! The soup has a delicate taste to it, that it's not at all strange to say it's refreshing. Hot soup that's refreshing? Yes, strange. But trust me on this one.

I really should be more adventurous in trying more of their dishes, rather than always getting our trusty tried & tested combination. The thing is though, by the time we get seated at a table (and the wait is always quite long for dinner and especially mealtime on weekends) decision fatigue sets in and we always end up with the meal we know we'll be happy with. I find that there are less people during lunch time on a weekday, maybe that's the perfect time to try and go for something new!

Din Tai Fung is operated by BreadTalk Group. There are ten restaurants in Singapore: Paragon, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Wisma Atria, Raffles City, Jurong Point, 313@somerset, Baits@Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Link Mall and nex@Serangoon Central.


Anonymous said...

We order the exact same things from DTF. But I also order the sauteed greens (I don't remember what they're called) and taro dumplings, if we're really hungry... I tried other things on their menu already, but these three are still the best.

That porkchop rice is the best! I can't explain the flavor, basta, it's soooo good. And I love how they trimmed the fat off already. Although I'd still eat it with the fat naman.

Anonymous said...

you know what when we go to Singapore we also order the same thing every time. haha never fails. xiao long bao, fried rice, or fried rice with pork chop, chilli dumplings. *yum* i wish someone would bring din tai fung to manila

rain71 said...

i was smiling while reading this post. we ate at din tai fung paragon during our visit to singapore a few months ago, and we ordered exactly the same three you posted here. actually, we ordered the spare ribs and fried rice 2x he he, that's how good it was!! your post brought back those happy memories, thank you!

rica said...

Hi Christine! It's me again. Haha Have you tried Wild Honey? My cousins have been raving about it! I'm heading there this Sept so I'm excited to try it. =)

kim and mj said...

Oh wow, I'm so happy to have read this! We first discovered those soup dumplings in Shanghai last year and been craving for it since then, we though we have to fly back to Shanghai or Taiwan (which is not happening anytime soon) to have our fill. Buti na lang they have Din Tai Fung in Sg and we're flying there in 2 weeks time, yay!

Maria said...

Wow, i'm craving. :)
I suggest you make a food blog also. :)


Martina said...

One of the first places I tried during my first visit to Sg and turned into one of my must-eats in Singapore! :)

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