If you’re a regular at Din Tai Fung like we are, then you would surely have those few dishes which you will always order. Have you ever wondered if you are missing out on some of the other popular dishes?
Before we launched into their top ten dishes, we had a taste of their new Steamed Chocolate Lava Bun specially created for the festive season.
Din Tai Fung’s new Steamed Chocolate Lava Bun is what you get when you cross Mr Chocolate Lava Cake with Ms Liu Sar Bao!
Their latest festive season bun is made with specially imported top quality flour from Taiwan and filled with premium molten chocolate lava (60% cacao) which will readily flow down your fingers if you are not careful. Each bun is also adorned with a golden brush stroke on top to herald the festive season.
UOB Cardmembers can enjoy 10% off every 3-pc order. Valid for dine-in only until 31 December 2022.
The Din Tai Fung Top Ten
And now, without further ado, we present the Ten Most Frequently Ordered Dishes by Singaporeans at Din Tai Fung!
How many of the dishes here are on your “must order” list? We scored only 6/10. How much did you score?
#1 Steamed Chicken Soup
Their Steamed Chicken Soup is a must order dish for us especially when a member of the family is feeling a little under the weather. As far as chicken soups go, this is the gold standard for me. The robust flavour comes from the fact that each bowl of soup contains 1/4 fresh kampung chicken. But that is not all, the chicken is actually cooked in chicken stock as well!
#2 Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing
From what I gather, (someone please correct me if I am wrong) this oriental salad is a creation of Din Tai Fung and not a traditional salad eaten in Taiwan. It is popularly known as the “Din Tai Fung Salad”. Made of konbu, vermicelli, bean curd and a fragrant sesame/chilli oil/vinegar dressing. This dish is on our must-order list.
#3 Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake
Although they are called “crispy” golden prawn pancakes, they are not quite as crispy as, say, a Thai style prawn cake which is coated with bread crumbs. The Din Tai Fung one is wrapped with bean curd skin which doesn’t really sound crunchy when you bite into it. It is delicious nonetheless and they manage to season it so that the crustacean flavour is quite evident.
#4 Fried Rice with Pork Chop
The Fried Rice with Pork Chop is a must order dish for my son. I think it is the gold standard for most people and many have tried to recreate it, including me! The rice always has that requisite smokey flavour and the pork chop is always tender and juicy. Did you know that there are three eggs in every serving of egg fried rice and that they actually have a special instrument to slice the pork chops such that every piece is the same width?
#5 Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup
The Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup isn’t on our list of must order dishes so it was the first time I was trying it. I like how the shin beef is braised till they are almost as soft as tofu. The soup is also good but I would have preferred the more rustic knife cut noodles to the thin la mian. Lisa likes how the noodles have a nice bite though.
#6 Stir-fried Dou Miao with Shrimps
This is another dish which I am trying for the first time. Their Dou Miao is specially sourced from farmers who would harvest the shoots at a younger age which is why you may feel that they are more tender than the ones you buy from the supermarket. The chefs at Din Tai Fung does a good job tossing the crunchy shoots with minimal oil.
#7 Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao
Always very dependable, Din Tai Fung’s award-winning classic Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao is arguably the reason that we now have so many hawkers selling Xiao Long Bao in the hawker centres and coffee shops. Dare say that they have popularised this Shanghainese dumpling globally with 161 restaurants in 13 territories! We will always remember how we taught our kids how to eat these steaming hot soup dumplings without burning their tongues at Din Tai Fung’s first restaurant, Paragon.
#8 Steamed Red Bean Xiao Long Bao with Chocolate Lava
Their Steamed Finely Mashed Red Bean Xiao Long Bao are a favourite with my wife and children. They like the smooth texture of the red bean paste and velvety dough skin. I on the other hand would have preferred my red bean paste in a steamed bun. They also have a chocolate version where the molten chocolate is encased in the red bean paste.
#9 Steamed Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao
If you are feeling a little decadent, you can order your Xiao Long Bao with a slice of black truffle inside. The flavour of truffle actually goes quite well with minced pork.
#10 Steamed Yam Xiao Long Bao
My wife thought I would like their Steamed Yam Xiao Long Bao since I am a fan of Orh Nee. But it is precisely because I love Orh Nee that I eschew the yam xiao long bao. Not because I don’t like it, but because I need to have my Orh nee in the traditional way with pumpkin and fried shallots. Nonetheless, looks like it is going to be one of our regular orders since Lisa has taken a liking to it!
UOB Cardmembers can enjoy 15% off this item until 31 Dec 2022 on weekdays 3 – 5pm.
UOB Cards Special
UOB Cardmembers can enjoy 10% off every order of Steamed Chocolate Lava Bun 巧克力流沙包 (3pcs, worth $10) at all Din Tai Fung restaurants across Singapore.
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On weekdays 3 – 5pm, cardmembers can also enjoy 15% off selected steamed buns and snacks at all Din Tai Fung restaurants across Singapore.
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Valid: for dine-in only from 1 November to 31 December 2022.
Do check out their new Steamed Chocolate Lava bun and consider adding some of their top ten dishes to your usual list of must-order dishes the next time you visit Din Tai Fung.
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