Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Din Tai Fung (World square - CBD)

If you love steam buns, you should visit Din Tai Fung. It’s a steam bun paradise, where they are made with perfect measurements and unforgettable tastes.

How many of you went inside on your first visit and started staring at those decorations on the wall? I know I did. You simply can’t ignore the steamers, in various sizes, facing the customer tables to form a unique pattern. As well as the multiple number of spoons stuck onto the wall and almost seemed like tadpoles swimming in the pond.

Hot and sour soup (small) $5.80 (regular) $9.80
We chose the small bowl of hot and sour soup to start the meal, it immediately aroused our appetite with its thickness and blast of flavour. One spoonful after another, the small bowl of soup was gone after 5 minutes. 

 Shanghai style drunken chicken $10.80

Now if you are a fan of the typical Chinese cold dishes as appetizers, you might enjoy the drunken chicken. But for me...I never understood the art inside the liquor-flavoured chicken, so my first bite was full of bitterness that froze onto my tongue.
Fried calamari with dipping sauce $9.80

Oh the fried calamari, how unusual to select this on the table inside Din Tai Fung? But it turned out quite tasty. The golden crust combined flawlessly with the sauce, and the calamari was very easy to chew and swallow.

Shrimp and pork Wonton with Tangy sauce and Dry noodle $13.80
At first we thought this was going to be chilli by the scent, but it ended up not as chilli as we thought and you can probably survive even after drinking the whole bowl of soup. What I discovered was a strong taste of Chinese prickly ash or something similar, it gradually burns onto your taste bud.

Steam Pork dumpling (6pcs/8pcs) $10.80/$12.80 – made to order
Finally, the legendary steam buns have arrived. We felt like the wait took a century, but good things always come last right? You have to becareful with the way you use your chopsticks on this one, the weight of the broth inside the buns cause it to wobble as you pick them up. When it lands safely onto your spoon, get ready for the ultimate pleasure. You can bite a small hole and drink up all the broth, and then gulp the whole bun when the broth is almost drained.

One thing we always notice are the waiters, they can carry so many layers of steamers in one go. You just want to hold your breath as they walk pass by you with the top layer sliding off the edge by 1cm!

The other thing about Din Tai Fung is that you can see the actions for making steam buns, every staff seems so dedicated to their work. Suddenly it makes you feel special, knowing the fact each of these buns are made thoroughly just for you.

In the end you may find Din Tai Fung is a little bit expensive comparing to other similar places, but I would still recommend you going there at least once, and just for the steam buns!

Address: Level 1, Shop 11.04
644 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone number: (02) 9264 6010

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm
Sat-Sun 11am - 3pm

Mon-Wed 5.30pm - 9pm
Thu-Sat 5pm - 9.30pm
Sun 5pm - 9pm

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