Din Tai Fung

“The world’s greatest dumplings” – Forbes magazine

“Shanghai’s greatest culinary joy” – Time magazine

“The world’s second best chain” – CNN

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I’ve never felt so lucky to step inside Din Tai Fung – Considered as one of the best restaurants, not just in its native Taiwan, but in the entire globe. It has garnered rave reviews from top periodicals and websites. Anthony Bourdain once called eating their dumplings ‘a deeply religious experience’. So, judging from those statements alone, I think it’s pretty certain that this isn’t just your typical dumpling shop.

Din Tai Fung first opened back in 1958, starting out as a humble cooking oil shop in Taiwan. Thanks to the public’s high demand for cooking oil, Din Tai Fung decided to turn itself into a restaurant in the 1970s, specializing in delicious soup dumplings, or xiao long bao.

In the early 90s, The New York Times did a review on Din Tai Fung, calling it “one of the world’s top 10 restaurants”. Its Hong Kong branches have also garnered several Michelin stars through the years. Din Tai Fung currently has over 100 locations all over the world.

Last December, Din Tai Fung’s delicious dumplings finally landed on Philippine shores. Thanks to the Moment Group, DTF opened up their first branch in Megamall, located right next to Tim Ho Wan (which, in case people forgot, is another Michelin-starred restaurant… Whew, talk about direct competition ._.). We ate there earlier today, and to our surprise, we didn’t have to wait a while to be seated. The line wasn’t too long either.

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Interior. As expected, the scene inside was just sizzling with energy, because of the customers and the waiters. Where can I get one of those cute white hats that the kitchen staff wears? Kidding! ^^;

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Menu: Appetizers (Taiwanese kao fu), Xiao Long Bao, Pot stickers & snacks (shrimp & pork pot stickers, crispy chicken wings in shrimp paste), Dumplings wantons & shao mai, Vegetable dishes (stir fried Chinese broccoli leaf), Featured dishes (sweet & sour pork), Fried rice, Soups and noodle soups, Sauced & fried noodles (dan dan noodles with spicy sesame & peanut sauce, fried noodles with vegetables), Hot and cold desserts (chocolate lava xiao long bao).

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Their famous Pork Xiao Long Bao. The skin was absolutely firm and had a decent amount of soup inside.

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Stir Fried Watercress.

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Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. The prawns had a lovely, clean taste and the salted egg coating didn’t overpower the shrimp flavor.

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Porkchop Fried Rice. This is one of their bestsellers. The pork didn’t have a single piece of fat in it, and it was very juicy and flavorful. Goes well with the rice too.

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Fried Rice with Salted Fish.

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Shrimp Pork Wontons with House Soy Sauce.

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And for dessert, we tried their Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun.

Wow. What an experience!!!! Isn’t it amazing that a lot of these world-famous restaurants such as Din Tai Fung are finally opening up here? I hope they end up branching out so that more people in the PH will get the chance to try out these world-class soup dumplings.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5 (taste) 5/5 (presentation)

Din Tai Fung is located at G/F SM Megamall, Mega Fashion Hall, Julia Vargas Ave Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 997-1935. Links: PH Facebook.

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