Din Tai Fung Restaurant 鼎泰豐 @ MBS

We don’t always get good shots or good food during/after a photography outing but having good company is usually a certainty! Photographers (hobbyist and professionals) can be quirky and hot tempered but you get to form your own group with choice peeps whenever there’s a walkabout session. In this instance, I had great company although the fireworks at GBTB (From A Distance!) was… Well, to put it mildly, a little disappointing! Seow’s family, Washiyama, Zexsen and I proceeded to MBS for dinner afterwards.

Some food is termed as “comfort food”.

Comfort foods may be consumed to positively pique emotions, to relieve negative psychological effects or to increase positive feelings. The term was first used, according to Webster’s Dictionary, in 1977. – Wikipedia

Traditionally, comfort food is eaten to provide the person eating it a nostalgic or sentimental feeling. Comfort foods frequently contain a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation (for those cooking it at home). The soothing element most comfort food has, may be definitive to either that particular individual or to a specific culture. Looks like a hi-carb diet is called for this trip after the lo-down. I need carbs! 😉

“Michelin star awarded and ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times, Din Tai Fung has its roots dating back to Taiwan 40 years ago. This authentic Taiwanese restaurant has been making waves with branches throughout the world, including Singapore, Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and USA”. – from the website of Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Zexsen had eaten earlier at Toast Box and he wasn’t really hungry when we went to Din Tai Fung.
His dinner was a plate of Appeitser called Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing; consisting Glass Noodles, Firm Tofu Strips, Seaweed, Bean Sprouts and sliced Red Chillies.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Hot & Sour Soup 酸辣汤.
Sour, spicy and savoury notes combined with a smooth, comforting texture make this classic Chinese soup a perennial hit with the locals. This dish is stimulating to the palate for dishes ahead.
There’s a promotion (1st Sep – 31st Oct 2014) going on for this dish at S$8. All customers spending above $90 will get a complimentary bowl with a choice of original or spicy flavour.  Customers spending a minimum of S$80 and paying with OCBC bank card are entitled to a S$5 voucher on next visit.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Century Eggs with minced ginger.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Hot appetiser of Prawn Pancake.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Fried Pork Chop Rice 排骨蛋饭.
Each plate is of a certain weight and minimal seasoning is used so that the natural fragrance of the eggs and spring onions shine through.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

La Mian (Noodles) with Clear Chicken and Broth.
The chicken with soup came separately from the plain noodle but Seow ask the staff to pour it over.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Beanskin (Fu jook) with meat fillings, bean puffs and Glass Noodles.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Tung Hoon (Glass Noodles).

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La Mian with Dumplings.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Seow and his family.
Here comes our Xiao Long Bao (XLB).

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

小笼包 (xiaolongbao) translating to “small basket steamer buns”.
We’d ordered two baskets of XLB to share.
Traditionally, XLB contain minced pork wrapped in a delicate dough skin which is then pleated, twisted at the top and steamed.
Din Tai Fung’s signature rendition consists of juicy meat filling wrapped in a dough skin with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

XLB is best eaten whilst hot.
You put the XLB onto a spoon, gently bite off the knotted top and sip on the soup then dip the dumplings into the vinegar and if you like, eat with a few strands of ginger.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Careful not to break the skin or we’ll lose the best part of XLB, the delicious soup!

I was not hungry that night even though I only had a ham and cheese sandwich earlier (and that was my first bite in 36 hours). I guess I was tired from lack of sleep and my appetite was affected. It would be unfair to review that night’s meal but having said that, food from Din Tai Fung, is generally good. Of all the XLBs I have tasted, the dough skin from Din Tai Fung still is one of the best even though they weren’t exactly melt-in-your-mouth texture as proclaimed. I did not have to ask what my lovely co-diners thought of their food; as evidence, not a single morsel was left behind, well, except for a small helping of Hot & Sour Soup.

Our bill totalled S$105 thereabout (inclusive of Jasmine Tea) which Seow’s wife paid for with her OCBC card so we could have the freebie Hot & Sour soup. We split the cost and she offered us the S$5 voucher but we declined. What a gem! 😀

Marina Bay Sands
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, Unit #B2-63.
Singapore 018972.

Tel: (+65) 6634 9969

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10am – 10pm
Last order at 9.30pm

Operating hours vary for each outlet. Reservations are available at selected outlets. Please contact their outlets for more details.

Date visited: 7th September 2014.

Happy eating 🙂

Click on links below to see reviews of food at Din Tai Fung from my other visits:
Din Tai Fung Restaurant 鼎泰豐
Birthday Lunch @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 Wisma Atria

2 Responses to “Din Tai Fung Restaurant 鼎泰豐 @ MBS”
  1. food always taste better when dining with good company…
    love, hugs and friendship
    ME and the Boss

  2. LFFL says:

    These are great pictures, You have a great camera. What kind do you use?

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