Choose your own adventure, feel free to order everything you like!
One of the first restaurants we ate at here in Singapore was Din Tai Fung. Rated 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 more than 39 years ago. Our friends Raffy & Frances took us to lunch the first time we met up here, and since then, we have been coming back when inspiration strikes.
It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices, but we've found our magic combination that always hits the spot:
Of course, people flock to Din Tai Fung for these:
A huge novelty is watching the xiao long bao makers at work in the kitchen, behind a glass partition. I swear, every time I pass by and see xiao long bao being freshly made, I want to go inside and order their soup dumplings! Then again, I also feel the same way whenever I see a photo of Paradise Dynasty's colorful, flavored soup dumplings (which deserves a post of its own, of course).
My friend Sarj got me hooked on their fried rice with pork chop. I know, I keep on saying I don't really like eating pork, but this one is one of the ehem, expounding exceptions. The meat is tender and flavorful, and the fried rice is a perfect complement to it.
The three course meal isn't complete without a bowl of noodles in beef broth, Berry loves this! The soup has a delicate taste to it, that it's not at all strange to say it's refreshing. Hot soup that's refreshing? Yes, strange. But trust me on this one.
I really should be more adventurous in trying more of their dishes, rather than always getting our trusty tried & tested combination. The thing is though, by the time we get seated at a table (and the wait is always quite long for dinner and especially mealtime on weekends) decision fatigue sets in and we always end up with the meal we know we'll be happy with. I find that there are less people during lunch time on a weekday, maybe that's the perfect time to try and go for something new!
Din Tai Fung is operated by BreadTalk Group. There are ten restaurants in Singapore: Paragon, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Wisma Atria, Raffles City, Jurong Point, 313@somerset, Baits@Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Link Mall and nex@Serangoon Central.