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19 Mar, 2008

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

After walking around for quite some time with our stomachs growling in The Gardens, finally we decided to visit this well-known Din Tai Fung restaurant. We were expecting the queue to be very long, instead we were seated without having to queue, perhaps it was a weekday.

Din Tai Fung is originated from Taiwan and it has outlets in the United States and many Asian countries.

The restaurant was clean and comfortable and it was packed with customers, mostly having family gathering.

The open kitchen concept allows us to take a good look at how the dumplings are made, this concept is also practised in Dragon-I Restaurant.

Since Din Tai Fung is so well-known for their pork dumplings (小笼包), we wouldn’t want to miss that out. This xiu long bao costs RM11 for 5 pieces. The dumplings were neatly folded and well-presented. But the taste wasn’t up to our expectation, the broth was flavourful but the skin was slightly too thick. We preferred Crystal Jade’s xiu long pao.

We decided to have rice instead of la mian the other day. It took us quite some time to decide what to eat because we felt that the menu was quite limited compared to Crystal Jade, there wasn’t many choices to choose from. Anyway, we decided to have this kungpao chicken (宫保鸡丁) for RM18. We were quite disappointed as the chicken was quite cold when served. The chicken tasted rather tender and tasty but we would prefer it to be slightly spicier as it is a Szechuan dish.

As bean curd is one of our favourite dishes, we decided to try their house special tofu (菠菜香菇豆腐) for RM15. Served with mushrooms and vegetables, the bean curd was smooth and delicious, we enjoyed this very much. A bowl of rice costs RM2. For our drinks, we had hot jasmine tea (中国茶) for RM2 per cup.

Overall the lunch was quite average. Perhaps it was because we gave them a high expectation for their xiu long bao. Somehow we would prefer Crystal Jade or Dragon-I compared to Din Tai Fung. But still, maybe we will return to give it another try, perhaps we would try out their la mian and other dishes.

Restaurant Information
Lot LG 207, Lower Ground,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-22832292

21 Responses to "Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰)"

1 | "Joe" who is constantly craving

March 21st, 2008 at 12:28 am

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the ngau lam la mien is good..tat 1 u got to try..

their xlbs doesnt seem to live up to the expectations of their brand name worldwide perhaps..

limited menu, so why did it take so long? scratch head..

2 | yammylicious

March 21st, 2008 at 5:43 am

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i wan siu long bao!!!

3 | ekeng

March 21st, 2008 at 6:19 am

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i’m craving for Xiu Long Bao now…The tofu look so special hor..must try :)

4 | ling239

March 21st, 2008 at 6:33 am

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the special tofu is really special… i tot those were seafood coated at first :p

5 | Big Boys Oven

March 21st, 2008 at 8:20 am

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the tofu looks divne!

6 | wenching & esiong

March 21st, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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Joe, we’ll try that ngau lam la mian next time, thanks for introducing! Yeah, we prefer Crystal Jade’s xiu long bao. Haha! We took a long time to decide because we didn’t know what to eat!

Yammylicious, perhaps you should try Crystal Jade’s xiu long bao, it’s really good!

Ekeng, yeah, the tofu is delicious, do check it out!

Ling239, yeah, it’s quite special in that it’s coated with vegetables.

Big Boys Oven, yeah, the tofu is good, do check it out!

7 | wenching & esiong

March 21st, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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Joe, we’ll try that ngau lam la mian next time, thanks for introducing! Yeah, we prefer Crystal Jade’s xiu long bao. Haha! We took a long time to decide because we didn’t know what to eat!

Yammylicious, perhaps you should try Crystal Jade’s xiu long bao, it’s really good!

Ekeng, yeah, the tofu is delicious, do check it out!

Ling239, yeah, it’s quite special in that it’s coated with vegetables.

Big Boys Oven, yeah, the tofu is good, do check it out!

8 | mimi

March 21st, 2008 at 3:43 pm

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too many not so good comment abt this restaurant….should i try ler?

9 | ai wei

March 22nd, 2008 at 1:38 pm

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i have yet to try this place n crystal jade, so i can’t compare but heard that so-so comments for this place only… gonna place it last in my ‘so-wanted-to-try-out’ list. haha. anyhow, i like the xiuloongbao n quick sand bun from dragon-i. so wanted to have it now!!!

10 | wenching & esiong

March 22nd, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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Mimi, hmm, we’re not too sure, but we haven’t try their la mian, perhaps some of their dishes are good?

Ai Wei, haha, me too, feeling so hungry at this time! We haven’t tried the quick sand bun from Dragon-I, perhaps we’ll try it out next time!

11 | wenching & esiong

March 22nd, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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Mimi, hmm, we’re not too sure, but we haven’t try their la mian, perhaps some of their dishes are good?

Ai Wei, haha, me too, feeling so hungry at this time! We haven’t tried the quick sand bun from Dragon-I, perhaps we’ll try it out next time!

12 | ~Christine~Leng

March 23rd, 2008 at 10:07 am

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too bad the xlbs weren’t good enough.. don’t really like it. and the last time I had their paus, it was no good either ;P
heard their beef noodle was great.. maybe I should consider giving this place a 2nd chance ;P

13 | jason

March 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

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There’s still many eateries to explore in Gardens… somehow never thought of DTF.

14 | wenching & esiong

March 23rd, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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Christine, yeah, if we are going to revisit this restaurant, we will skip the baos and try their la mian instead.

Jason, yeah, there’re many other restaurants in The Gardens. But if you’re into xiu long bao, better not visit Din Tai Fung.

15 | wenching & esiong

March 23rd, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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Christine, yeah, if we are going to revisit this restaurant, we will skip the baos and try their la mian instead.

Jason, yeah, there’re many other restaurants in The Gardens. But if you’re into xiu long bao, better not visit Din Tai Fung.

16 | Nic (KHKL)

March 24th, 2008 at 1:46 am

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i also prefer crystal jade’s version! definitely more refined! on your next visit, may i suggest you try the beef brisket noodle and fried rice with rice…it’s quite nice compared to other average dishes…

17 | Simon Seow

March 25th, 2008 at 2:06 am

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Yes, I prefered Dragon-i too for XLB but atas guy nipple joe says JW Marriot’s Shanghai Restaurant’s XLB is better than Dragon-i.

18 | Julian Si

March 25th, 2008 at 9:13 am

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I agree … was so dissapointed :-(

http://juliansi.blogspot.com/2008/03/din-tai-fung-gardens-mid-valley-city.html

Bring on the original DTF in Taipei, now that one is YUMMY! Even Singapore’s (Paragon) is better …

Sigh!

19 | wenching & esiong

March 25th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

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Nic (khkl), we heard so many positive reviews about their beef noodles, perhaps we really should give that a try next time! Thanks for the recommendation!

Simon Seow, wow, JW Marriot’s Shanghai Restaurant sounds expensive, would want to try it out!

Julian, we tried visiting the link that you’ve written but the link did not work. Wish we have tried Din Tai Fung in Taiwan or Singapore!

20 | wenching & esiong

March 25th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

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Nic (khkl), we heard so many positive reviews about their beef noodles, perhaps we really should give that a try next time! Thanks for the recommendation!

Simon Seow, wow, JW Marriot’s Shanghai Restaurant sounds expensive, would want to try it out!

Julian, we tried visiting the link that you’ve written but the link did not work. Wish we have tried Din Tai Fung in Taiwan or Singapore!

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