Tuesday, December 2, 2014

[Food Review] Taiwanese Cuisine at Din Tai Fung ❤

It was a cold Thursday evening and I was fortunate enough to indulge in Taiwanese cuisine last Thursday with a few invited bloggers at Din Tai Fung, Empire Subang. Din Tai Fung has always been my favourite restaurant when it comes to Taiwanese cuisine. Most of the time when I am in Singapore, my brother would bring me to Din Tai Fung to have our meals there.


Here's the short background of Din Tai Fung:

"Din Tai Fung was originally founded as a cooking oil retail shop in 1958. As the consumption patterns of cooking oil started to change in the early 1970's threatening the survival of the business, Din Tai Fung was transformed to a restaurant in 1972 serving Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Dumpling). 

The New York Times, 1993, rated Din Tai Fung as among the top ten restaurants of the world, the only Asian Restaurant on the list. The Pavilion branch has been voted as the top Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. In 2013, Din Tai Fung was ranked No. 1 in the "101 Best Restaurants in Asia' list, released by US-based food website, The Daily Meal and world's second best chain for travellers by CNN.

Headquartered in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung now has branches in Japan, United States, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand. Din Tai Fung is inviting the world to this exquisite cuisine from Taiwan."

Din Tai Fung at Empire Subang has a spacious area for the patrons to enjoy their food. Most of the patrons who are the working adults would love to indulge their food in this Taiwanese restaurant. :D

 
 Spacious walkaway for the patrons to enter. 

The restaurant has a few partitions which separated a few rows of tables from one another. This concept is pretty unique as some patrons might prefer to have their time on their own especially they are in bigger groups.


They also provide storage bag for the ladies to put their stuffs or bags in the storage bag and covered their stuffs with clothes to distract people's attention.


Unique decorations in the restaurant made me feel like as if I was enjoying my meals back in those days in Dynasty time.

Menu was designed with Chinese characters in hard cover form. 

Din Tai Fung launched their new Prestige Set Menu for 4 pax and 6 pax. With this Prestige Set Menu, you get to enjoy all their signature dishes at cheaper prices compared to ala carte. The one we ordered that night was the Prestige Set Menu for 6 pax since there were 6 of us. (: 

New Prestige Set Menu was launched in Din Tai Fung :D

Chinese always love to have a bite of something cold, something sweet, something sour and something spicy for their appetizer. Din Tai Fung House Special is a perennially popular appetiser with a simple mix of julienne seaweed, bean sprouts, chilli, beancurd strips and rice vermicelli, tossed in a light, tangy dressing that boasts a myriad of flavours all in one serving.

Din Tai Fung House Special - RM6.90


Shaoshing Wine Marinated Chicken was served cold and I personally do not like the taste of the wine because I always love chicken with normal soy sauce only. However, the chicken was tender and juicy and it did not feel hard. 
Shaoshing Wine Marinated Chicken - RM15.90

There are varieties of Xiao Long Bao served in Din Tai Fung such as Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao, Mini Pork Xiao Long Bao with Soup, Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumpling, Steamed Vegetable and Pork Dumpling, Steamed Vegetarian Mushroom Dumpling, Steamed Fish Dumpling, Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shiaomai.

Steamed pork dumplings or commonly known as Xiao Long Bao traditionally contain minced pork wrapped in a delicate dough skin, which is then pleated, twisted at the top and steamed. Din Tai Fung’s signature dish consists of juicy meat filling wrapped in a melt-in-your-mouth skin with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds.

Pork Xiao Long Bao - RM11.20 for 6pcs and RM17.80 for 20pcs

The dumpling is served and wrapped in delicate yet firm skin and the meat does not overcooked and juicy. The dumplings are steamed to perfection and made fresh to order. The soup is not greasy and texture is light too. :D 

Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao is also served in the same way except that it mixed with crab roe for a different taste. You can see a cute mini crab which is made by flour to differentiate between Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao from others.

Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao - RM16.20 for 6 pcs and RM25.80 for 10 pcs

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumpling is wrapped in a different way and the shape looks like a normal dumpling. If any of you wish to try different flavour or taste other than the original Xiao Long Bao, you can opt for a mixture of Steamed Shrimp with Pork. These Xiao Long Baos are best dipped and served with gingers mixed with 3/4 of vinegar and 1/4 of soy sauce.

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumpling - RM12.20 for 6pcs and RM19.80 for 10pcs


Few strips of ginger is put on the Xiao Long Bao and to be eaten slowly by sipping the soup first before eating the whole dumpling.

This superior House Steamed Chicken Soup uses only specially selected premium fresh chicken to ensure the best quality. It is carefully simmered to perfection and the soup is light and does not feel oily when I sipped the soup.

House Steamed Chicken Soup - RM14.80

This Shrimp Fried Rice has always been my favourite dish and I would normally order it when I visit Din Tai Fung. I like how the rice are fried in golden colour and the prawns are juicy and fresh.

Shrimp Fried Rice RM17.90

Another dish was served on that day is Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk. Frankly speaking this would be my first time trying out the prawns deep fried with salted egg yolk. The prawns are fresh and the skins are crispy and juicy and the salted egg yolk blends perfectly with the prawns.

Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk RM34.50

Fried Pork Chop is one of Din Tai Fung signature dish and a must-to-order dish each time you visit their restaurant. This deeply marinated pork cop is juicy and tender and this is highly recommended. :D

Fried Pork Chop RM13.00

This Stir-Fried Baby String Beans with Minced Pork is another dish which I would recommend. The minced pork is crispy and best stir-fried with the baby string beans. The price might be a bit overpriced but I would recommend it to eat with rice for better satisfaction. 

Stir-Fried Baby String Beans with Minced Pork RM21.50

This Fragrant Spring Onion and Shredded Pork Noodle was one of the dishes served that night. It is a new dish added to Din Tai Fung and it's is made to suit Malaysians' taste. The noodle was one of my favourite dish so far. The noodles served was springy and tasted perfectly. :D This noodle is highly recommended!

Fragrant Spring Onion and Shredded Pork Noodle RM16.50

To those who love eating spicy food, Spicy Vegetable and Pork Wonton could be your perfect choice. I find that this dish was too spicy for me. The pork is mixed with chives and wrapped with wonton skin. 

Spicy Vegetable and Pork Wonton - RM11 for 6pcs

We had Steamed Red Bean Dumpling and Steamed Taro Dumpling for desserts. This Steamed Red Bean Dumpling must be served hot. If the dumplings are served cold, the skin would be too hard to be digested later.

Steamed Red Bean Dumpling RM8.50 for 6pcs and RM13.50 for 10 pcs


This Steamed Taro Dumpling are finely mashed before being enveloped in smooth dumpling skin. The Taro Dumpling is smooth and taste of taro is not too sweet. :D

Steamed Taro Dumpling RM8.80 for 6pcs and RM13.80 for 10pcs


Overall I am satisfied with their service. They welcomed us with their heartwarming smile and this made me feel comfortable having my meals in Din Tai Fung. Thank you for having us on that night. :D Do drop by at their outlets to those who wants to try out Taiwanese cuisine:


Empire Shoppping Gallery
Lot G15, Ground Floor,
Tel: +603-5022 2522
Business Hour: 10am - 10pm

The Gardens Mall, Midvalley City
Lot LG207, Lower Ground Floor
Tel: +603-2283 2292
Business Hour: 10am - 10pm

Pavilion KL
Lot 6.01.05, Level 6
Tel: +603- 2148 8292
Business Hour: 10am - 10pm

eCurve 
G17-G20, Ground Floor 
Tel: +603-7728 3218
Business Hour: Weekday: 11am - 3pm & 6pm - 10pm
Weekend & Public Holiday: 11am - 10pm





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