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{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

Din Tai Fung serves the best xiao long bao 小笼包 in Shanghai, according to Chai Gege, who’s been residing in Shanghai for more than two years. i trusted him as he’s a foodie who loves to explore local food scene with his family. moreover the restaurants he brought us to are all above expectation. if you notice, we only go to reputable restaurants throughout our stay because, you know how China is notoriously known for their black-whatever 黑心食品 *shudders*

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October 2013

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

we went to the branch at Xin Tian Di, a well, touristy spot. we were tourists after all.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung started out in Taiwan and multiplies rapidly all over the world to US, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and also Malaysia. and apparently their xiao long bao is so widely known that they were crowned top 101 best restaurants in Asia in 2013!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

we were there at lunchy time and as predicted, it’s full house. i like that they prepared a waiting area at the walk way and we were given a number (like how we have to wait for our number to be called in bank and post office). there’s a display screen so you can sorta estimate the waiting time.

Din Tai Fung

while waiting, we had fun testing how well we know those Chinese artists portrayed on the walls!

i can recognize most of them! but Jay Chou’s cheeks are that sunken mer? lol

Din Tai Fung

the decor is modern and simple yet elegant.

Din Tai Fung

i especially likey the open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant.

Din Tai Fung

i approached with my huge gun (Hugo) and they posed for it!

Din Tai Fung

it’s fascinating to watch them in action. making xiao long bao in lightning speed!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

they even prepare a guide, in case you need tutorial on how to enjoy xiao long bao properly!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

pretty cute chopsticks rest!

and when i’m done with photographing, food was served! righttt in time baybeh as i was famished!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Chinese Yam with Dried Plum Sauce 话梅山药 | 23 RMB

for appetizer we had this chinese yam  topped with a sour plum nicely presented ala Jenga style. chinese yam itself is pretty muchy tasteless and it becomes sourish after marinating with plum sauce, which certainly whetted our appetite!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Braised Dry Beancurd with Black Mushroom 四喜烤夫 | 25 RMB

braised wheat gluten mingled with shiitake mushroom, black fungus, bamboo shoot and soya beans. it’s slightly sweetish which is as inviting as the previous appetizer!

throughout our dining in Shanghai, we tended to order appetizers before we have the heavy mains, even if it’s home-cooked meal, we had appetizer too! in our country, i don’t think local Chinese restaurants (not chain restaurants) offer wide range of appetizers, right?

Din Tai Fung
Fried Rice with Egg and Scallion 蛋花炒饭 | 32 RMB

fluffy rice coated with egg and scallion (nightmare!) which i had to tediously picked out one by one. it’s a good fragrant fried rice nonetheless.

Din Tai Fung

they even arranged the ginger julienne delicately!

Din Tai Fung
Steamed Mini Pork Xiao Long Bao 特色小笼汤包 | 39 RMB (10 pcs)

this is NOT the xiao long bao.

Din Tai Fung

it’s xiao long tang bao 小笼汤包 where you’re supposed to have it with the broth, served separately.

Din Tai Fung
Steamed Mini Pork Xiao Long Bao 特色小笼包 | 58 RMB (10 pcs)

this is the xiao long bao, the star of the lunchy which i was anticipating! these plump lil’ baos were succulent and toothsome! best eaten on cold days! it’s autumn in Shanghai.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

you’re supposed to kiap xiao long bao this way and put it on your spoon. have a small bite on the skin and slurp the warm broth. proceed to stuff some ginger and dab a lil’ vinegar on and pop it straight into your mouth!

was it good?

big fat YES!

however it’s the only xiao long bao i had, so can’t really do a proper comparison. but chain restaurant tends to maintain their quality top-notch, especially in a xiao long bao/dumpling territory!

Din Tai Fung
Noodle with Scallion and Soy Sauce 葱花拌面 | 29 RMB

noodle was skillfully cooked and served in a special sauce and topped with scallion. i conveniently skipped this dish though, due to the presence of scallion. i was… already tired with the fried rice, which was studded with scallion.

Din Tai Fung
Noodle with Sesame and Spicy Sauce 台湾担担面 | 29 RMB

the combination is surprisingly delish! the sesame sauce somewhat resembles that of Kewpie with slight oomph (spicy).

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Noodle Soup with Shrimp and Pork Wonton 虾仁馄饨面 | 48 RMB
Din Tai Fung
Noodle Soup with Bamboo Shoots and Shrimp 水晶虾仁面 | 50 RMB

we also had another two soupy noodle dishes to warm our body. we had to stay outdoor today to do some visiting.

both noodles remained springy despite soaked in the broth for some time, we had too many dishes to attend to! dumpling was stuffed generously with minced shrimp and pork while the shrimp was fresh in the latter bowl of noodle. i personally likey soupy dish so both were equally palatable! if you’re a dry person (LOL), you may prefer the Noodle with Sesame and Spicy Sauce!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Steamed Jujube Paste Sponge Layers Cake 枣泥千层糕 | 32 RMB (2 pcs)

we ended our pleasurable lunchy with light and airy sponge cake. *rubs tummy*

Din Tai Fung

the bill came up to 456 RMB. pretty reasonable for a table of five, i guess?

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

before leaving i snapped around, the restaurant is still 80% filled with patrons even though it’s way past lunchy time!

and i spotted this guy with quirky hairstyle, like a truncated cone which reminds me of songkok (a cap worn by Muslim man)!

and few weeks later i met him in person in Penang at X-Play event! only then i know he’s DJ Agent Smith with a super cool hairstyle!

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

we took a stroll around Xin Tian Di and admired at the English architecture and coffee houses and pubs. it’s Shanghai Fashion Week so we also get to feast our eyes with eye candies ^^

Din Tai Fung

sorry that i had to include this photo. notice how there’s an opening at the rear of the kiddo’s jumpsuit? apparently it’s fashionable in China so that the toddler can poop anytime, anywhere. and i really do mean literally.

 

Din Tai Fung

2/F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi,
Lane 123, Xinye Rd., Shanghai.
上海市兴业路123弄新天地广场南里6号楼二楼

(2006)

10 thoughts on “{Shanghai} The Best Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰, Xin Tian Di

    1. hallo Che-Cheh!

      i have not tried the one in Klang Valley. but if i were to compare their xiao long bao to Dragon I, i love Din Tai Fung’s more!
      the dishes we ordered were quite 清淡, cos there’s elderly..

  1. OMG! You’re in Shanghai! 🙂

    How fun! I’ve always wanted to go back to China. Oh I’ve been to Din Tai Fung too, but not the China one – they have an outlet in Causeway Bay too, in Hong Kong. I really enjoyed their xiao long bao also.

    Have fun on your trip to Shanghai Grand! 😀

    P/S – Yeah, I see that a lot in China, it makes it easier for the parents to let their kids do #2.

    1. hallo Huai Bin!

      it’s a backdated post actually, it’s been like 10 months since my Shanghai trip. haih i’m such a procrastinator *facepalm*

      have you tried the outlet in KL? heard the quality of xiao long bao is not bad!

      have you seen the kids do #2 on the street? i only witnessed a kid peed on the corridor of a tourist spot!!! *pengsan*

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