One thing I got to admit. Coming up with comic post to match with food review is hard. And I do mean really hard. This especially when I normally relate the restaurant’s name into the strip but for now, I’m at lost with this restaurant. The name Din Tai Fung represents a fine dining experience in terms of the food. True enough, for me, the food do live up to its name and expectation. This is a famous chinese restaurant which I bet most people had heard of. And now they are available at e@Curve at Mutiara Damansara!
To begin our meal, we are served with some of their signature dishes. If you had been to their outlets before, you should know what are their signatures. Yes, they would be dumplings and “Xiao Long Bao.
Being a fan of spicy food, I would say that this is a very delightful and appetizing dish to begin with. The spiciness is just right to blend with its smooth wanton skin and juicy meat.
These 3 are their main stars among their signature Xiao Long Bao. Each of their Xiao Long Bao are perfectly wrapped in the smooth thin layer of wanton skin and this is actually important. Inside of these Xiao Long Bao had their own fillings of meat and also some very flavorful soup. I’ve tried many Xiao Long Bao from other outlets and not many of them can actually pull this off nicely without having a punctured wanton skin when you just begin to pick it up. Despite being a thin layer of wanton skin which goes smoothly down your throat, it perfectly contain the fillings and soup until you bit on them. A delightful sensation of flavorful fillings and soup. Basically all of their soup base is similar and it is totally up to you what would you like for your fillings. For me, I would love the crab meat fillings at any given days.
The Shiu-Mai, Pork and Shrimp Dumping and the Vegetarian Dumpling should not be missed if you are a fan of dim sum. The juicy and tender fillings are something you would not get at much restaurant. Some of the best I had.
The Mango Shrimp Roll is something unique in my opinion. The golden fried and crispy outer layer goes surprisingly well with the sweet mango filling and also the salty but juicy shrimp on the inside. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. A perfect appetizer for me and it could might as well be a good dessert for me as well.
There’s only one thing I ask for if I were to go for some fried stuff during dim sum. Crispy exterior with ample fillings. These two did not fail to disappoint on that factor itself. Slightly above average in taste. Probably having their Xiao Long Bao first had made my judgement towards them a little bit moderate.
Surprisingly, the one thing that I totally love about Din Tai Fung is their delicious La Mian. Their soup and seasoning are good but that’s not my main concern. The smooth but springy texture of the noodle is something that I did not expect at all.Honestly speaking, I never expect any good noodle from any slightly upper end restaurant like Wong Kok, Dragon-i, etc. But the noodle here is surprisingly good that I can keep going on eating them. Definitely something very worthy of the value. If you wanted to try some good La Mian (Stretched Noodle), this is definitely the place to be. The toppings and soup base are totally up to your liking. I myself tried their Hot and Sour Soup base with La Mian and I love it.
The fried rice over here is good. I’m a big fan of fried rice and I love their fried rice. Their rice are fried perfectly well and not soggy at all while being not too dry. The flavor is deep and consistent with every single bite. The fried rice and also the la mian are definitely my picks for the night. What surprises me more is the pace that they are going while maintaining such good quality of the food. We seriously ordered a lot of food and there are many customers as well. But these chefs are brilliant to keep the food coming and I seriously did not have a minute of rest between eating and also taking photos. I was expecting a poor quality of food seeing the pace the food are being prepared but I was gladly proven wrong. Well done.
These are some of the snacks or dessert that you must try. First of all, the Thousand Layer Cake is very fragrant and soft. I did not had a chance to try these 3 dishes but I believed they are good from the testimony of everyone around. The red bean dumpling is definitely unique and also the mini sesame bun is good as well. The fluffy texture of the sesame bun is something to check out.
The finale of the night would be being served to these two dessert. The Chilled Mango Pudding and also Gui Ling Gao. The portion of the dessert is definite commendable and I had the chilled Mango Pudding. The soft texture is very soothing to the throat and it is not too sweet as well. Just to my liking.
My verdict for this place is the place definitely lived up to its name and also its expectation. They definitely have some of the best Xiao Long Bao I had ever tried and I would definitely love to see any restaurant that can beat them at it which I doubt. I would definitely return for their Xiao Long Bao and also La Mian.
Din Tai Fung e@Curve