Monday, March 17, 2008

Din Tai Fung, The Gardens @ Mid Valley City

Din Tai Fung @ Taiwan / Japan / Indonesia / MALAYSIA / China / USA / Singapore / Hong Kong / Korea / Australia

Now open at ... Lot LG-207, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL
Tel: +603 2283 2292

I had been to the outlets in Singapore (Paragon ... slurp!) as well as Taipei in Taiwan (Even more slurp!!) ... and was excited to try out the one in The Gardens at Mid Valley City ...

The menu and the story of Xiu Long Bao :-)

Xiu Long Bao (RM$11 @ 5 pieces) - Frankly, I was slightly dissapointed ... preferred the ones in Taipei and Singapore!
Personally ... I prefer the one at Shanghai in the Marriott KL

Shrimp Pork Shao Mai (RM$11) - Quite yummy ... again with a soup filling inside, eat with care, HOT!

Pork Chop Fried Rice (RM$14) - With some chilli oil to bring out the flavour, simply delicious ... with a huge portion of pork chop too!

Cha Jiang La Mien (RM$11) - Nice texture to the noodles ... sort of like Chinese Spag Boll :-)

Cha Siew Pao (Pork Bun @ RM$5 for 2 pieces) - Average ... sort of like a tai pao inside!

Drinks ... Hot Water (RM$1), Orange juice (RM$6) and Diet Coke (RM$3.50).

Overall, I was slightly dissapointed ... perhaps it was cos' I had such high hopes for this place. Reasonable though at RM$74 for the 4 of us.

This eatery even has a Wikipedia entry!
Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant of Taiwanese origins specializing in Xiaolongbao (small steamed buns, marketed as "dumplings" in the West). Outside Taiwan, it has outlets in mainland China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.
History- Din Tai Fung was founded by Yang Bingyi from Shanxi more than 50 years ago as a cooking oil retailer. Due to fierce competition in that sector, it switched to trading in xiaolongbao in the 1980s.
Accolades - Din Tai Fung was ranked as one of the world's top 10 restaurants in 1993 by The New York Times. It has gained renown internationally for its juicy pork dumplings.


CUMI & CIKI said...

good one.. i love ths plc.. the ramen rocks but XLB too lifeless

'iron chef' chris said...

honestly DTF is overrated. in singapore, the crystal jade xlb and another place i nearly brought u to, called qunzhong serves better tastier xlb.

prob some angmoh foodcritic from NY times went there to eat, first time tried xlb, and then names it top 10 in the world.

honestly, really run of the mill xlb..