FOOD, Friends, Uncategorized DIN TAI FUNG 2 July 2008


Din Tai Fung
World Square Shopping Centre
Level 1, 644 George St
Sydney, NSW 2000
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Din Tai Fung is my holy grail of Xiao Long Baos (ie. juicy pork dumplings). It’s all over Singapore, but for some infuriating reason wasn’t in Australia, which meant we were reduced to eating shoddy quasi-Xiao Long Baos which were all wrong. Well, I can stop fretting now, since they’re now in Sydney and right in the City! They opened a few months ago but I haven’t had the chance to go, until recently when I went 3 times in less than 2 weeks 😉

Expect a queue outside, which already starts just shy of 5:30pm when they open for the dinner rush. The place is understandably packed with Asians all desperate for some real Chinese food. The food comes out quickly though, and you’re expected to gobble and leave for the next table to be seated. No problem at all, since the food is just SO delish that you end up gobbling it all down anyway 😛 The restaurant is large and not as packed together as the other Chinese yumcha restaurants in Sydney are. The key (and by this I mean MAJOR) difference? Their service is top-notch and so so so friendly! Expect to have a chorus welcomes and goodbyes when you walk past, and they’re all smiley and accomodating. Such a far cry to typical Hong Kong yumcha places where you’re scowled at and made to feel like a dirty animal.

The menu is pictorial, which instantly gives the place a thumbs up 😛 Why can’t all restaurants do this? It’s so much easier to select your dish if you actually know what you’re ordering. Judging from the myriad of lemmings, I mean, chefs, dashing around in the glass-windowed kitchen, the most popular dishes are the steamed dumplings. And boy do they do them perfectly. The Xiao Long Bao skin is exquisitely thin, but still holds together when you pick it up, the bottom sagging precariously with the weight of the juicy pork inside until you pop it onto your spoon. Nibble at it after you’ve dipped it in some vinegar and ginger, and suck out the hot soup. Ahhhhhh….. heavenly. These are morsels straight from heaven. I’d eat them every day if I could. Think you’ve had Xiao Long Bao in Sydney before? Think again. You MUST go there!!!

All the other dishes are great too, very satisfying and a far far cry from the Australian-ised Chinese food you find in so many restaurants around. Only downside? It gets pretty pricey since you need at least 3 dishes per person. We generally end up paying about $20pp but I’m never completely full afterwards (then again, perhaps I’m just the greedy one and everyone else is sufficiently fed). I think they should lower their prices by 25% and they would be grade A perfection.

Still, Din Tai Fung is my little slice of heaven when I’m an ocean away from Singapore…. I will be back over and over again 🙂


Din Tai Fung

Lemmings hard at work 😛

Pretty interior

The only photo took of us that wasn’t blurry!

Our boys

Beer and soy bean milk (complete with sanitary straws)

My mecca – Xiao Long Baos

Juicy, soupy, meaty goodness

Hot and Sour soup

Spicy dumpings. The sauce was AWESOME, we drizzled it on everything!

Prawn and meat dumplings. The Xiao Long Bao were still better 🙂

Chicken with Fried Rice. This was fabulous!!

Handmade noodles with mince pork. Nice but not amazing


58 Comments

  • j0s1e267 posted on July 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    OMG, you are making me miss Din Tai Fung sooooooooooo much!!!! *slurp*

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I’m seriously over the moon that it’s in AU!! Wheeee

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  • alongcameaspydr posted on July 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Mmmm spicy dumplings are one of my favorites!!!

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      Can’t believe it took me THIS long to have ’em for the first time. Am totally addicted now!

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  • thefragrantelf posted on July 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    LOVED that place! Can’t wait to go back. Those juicy dumplings were awesome!

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:14 pm

      Yeeeees next time we go movies, we are SO going there 😉

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  • starbucksweetie posted on July 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    All the food looks delish!

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 11:44 pm

      Lovelovelovelove the place. I can’t wait to go back haha

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  • ptechnix posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I want to fill the cooking area with bees, and then laugh at all the cooks running around behind the glass trying to avoid them.

    Awesome dumplings though!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:30 am

      NOT ALLOWED, ‘cos then they’ll stop making my xiao long baos – which is unacceptable!!

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  • bisoumoi posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:59 am

    You have to eat those dessert xiao long baos in DTF. I can walk in, eat 2 trays of them alone. Haha!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

      Oooooh I’ave never even tried them! What’s inside? Gotta try it out now 😛

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      • bisoumoi posted on July 4, 2008 at 3:29 am

        Here in Singapore, they have them in yam, red bean and sesame. They paste is so smooth and not too sweet! 🙂

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  • claypot posted on July 2, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Heh … I never knew xiao long baos existed until the (not at all Asian) boyfriend was raving about “dumplings with meat but also soup inside” that he had in .. New York. Trust the white boy to discover it in a white town ..

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

      Haha that’s so cute of him! Chris LOVES ’em too 🙂

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  • babyflite posted on July 2, 2008 at 3:40 am

    You’re making me crave the spicy dumplings now!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

      Can’t believe it’s just the first time I’ve had ’em…. OMG so good…

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  • j0s1e267 posted on July 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    OMG, you are making me miss Din Tai Fung sooooooooooo much!!!! *slurp*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I’m seriously over the moon that it’s in AU!! Wheeee

      Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on July 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Mmmm spicy dumplings are one of my favorites!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      Can’t believe it took me THIS long to have ’em for the first time. Am totally addicted now!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on July 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    LOVED that place! Can’t wait to go back. Those juicy dumplings were awesome!

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:14 pm

      Yeeeees next time we go movies, we are SO going there 😉

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on July 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    All the food looks delish!

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    • beverly posted on July 2, 2008 at 11:44 pm

      Lovelovelovelove the place. I can’t wait to go back haha

      Reply
  • ptechnix posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I want to fill the cooking area with bees, and then laugh at all the cooks running around behind the glass trying to avoid them.

    Awesome dumplings though!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:30 am

      NOT ALLOWED, ‘cos then they’ll stop making my xiao long baos – which is unacceptable!!

      Reply
  • bisoumoi posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:59 am

    You have to eat those dessert xiao long baos in DTF. I can walk in, eat 2 trays of them alone. Haha!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

      Oooooh I’ave never even tried them! What’s inside? Gotta try it out now 😛

      Reply
      • bisoumoi posted on July 4, 2008 at 3:29 am

        Here in Singapore, they have them in yam, red bean and sesame. They paste is so smooth and not too sweet! 🙂

        Reply
  • claypot posted on July 2, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Heh … I never knew xiao long baos existed until the (not at all Asian) boyfriend was raving about “dumplings with meat but also soup inside” that he had in .. New York. Trust the white boy to discover it in a white town ..

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

      Haha that’s so cute of him! Chris LOVES ’em too 🙂

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on July 2, 2008 at 3:40 am

    You’re making me crave the spicy dumplings now!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

      Can’t believe it’s just the first time I’ve had ’em…. OMG so good…

      Reply
  • rubytues posted on July 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    This place looks to die for. Mmmmm….

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:44 am

      They’ve got reaaaallly good food, so happy they’re now in Sydney!

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  • isla_quack posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    ummm yum!
    nicer than ashfield?

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:49 am

      Ohhh MOST DEFINITELY!! 🙂

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  • aqualuna posted on July 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The last time I went to Din Tai Fung I also had the xiao long baos, noodles, and the chicken with fried rice 😉 YUM!!!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:51 am

      Heh great minds think alike! Their baos are the BEST…. wish they were like 50% cheaper tho, ‘cos I’m stingy, heheh!

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  • lovegreen_ posted on July 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    THANK YOU (!) for the great find.. (=
    I am heading there come the on the 12th when I am in sydney!
    ahahas.. thank you so much!!
    now I can hardly wait. ahahas.. (:

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:52 am

      Wheeee yes DEF try it out!! But just keep in mind you may need to wait 10-15mins for a table, but you can leave your name and wander around the shops next to it whilst you wait 🙂

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  • rubytues posted on July 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    This place looks to die for. Mmmmm….

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:44 am

      They’ve got reaaaallly good food, so happy they’re now in Sydney!

      Reply
  • isla_quack posted on July 2, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    ummm yum!
    nicer than ashfield?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:49 am

      Ohhh MOST DEFINITELY!! 🙂

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on July 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The last time I went to Din Tai Fung I also had the xiao long baos, noodles, and the chicken with fried rice 😉 YUM!!!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:51 am

      Heh great minds think alike! Their baos are the BEST…. wish they were like 50% cheaper tho, ‘cos I’m stingy, heheh!

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  • lovegreen_ posted on July 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    THANK YOU (!) for the great find.. (=
    I am heading there come the on the 12th when I am in sydney!
    ahahas.. thank you so much!!
    now I can hardly wait. ahahas.. (:

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:52 am

      Wheeee yes DEF try it out!! But just keep in mind you may need to wait 10-15mins for a table, but you can leave your name and wander around the shops next to it whilst you wait 🙂

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on July 3, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I can see why you ate at this place three times in the last few weeks. OMG…the food looks soooo amazingly yummy! I would eat each and every one of those dishes you ordered! Haha! 😛

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:52 am

      SO happy they’re now in Australia.. like you would not believe 😛 Too bad it’s not super close to my work or i’d go nearly every day for lunch 😉

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  • islegrl posted on July 3, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I can see why you ate at this place three times in the last few weeks. OMG…the food looks soooo amazingly yummy! I would eat each and every one of those dishes you ordered! Haha! 😛

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:52 am

      SO happy they’re now in Australia.. like you would not believe 😛 Too bad it’s not super close to my work or i’d go nearly every day for lunch 😉

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  • silentphrases posted on July 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for posting, looks yummy! Will have to try this place! Maybe on the weekend if we are going out… don’t know if I can wait in the queues though! Do they take reservations?
    Best place I’ve had the dumplings was at Old City God’s Temple in Shanghai… no surprises there! Waited FOREVER in the line, and it was even a week day!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

      The wait’s not too bad.. about 15 mins, ‘cos they really do churn out the food quickly 😉

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  • silentphrases posted on July 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for posting, looks yummy! Will have to try this place! Maybe on the weekend if we are going out… don’t know if I can wait in the queues though! Do they take reservations?
    Best place I’ve had the dumplings was at Old City God’s Temple in Shanghai… no surprises there! Waited FOREVER in the line, and it was even a week day!

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

      The wait’s not too bad.. about 15 mins, ‘cos they really do churn out the food quickly 😉

      Reply

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