Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰: Pork Chop, Fried Rice, Xiao Long Bao, Kailan, Vegetable and Pork Dumplings (Bishan)

Last night we went to Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰 for dinner. We reached there around 7.30pm and waited 45 minutes to be seated.

 
The waitress will give a paper to order with your number on it. Wait until your number flash on the screen then you will give your paper to the waitress to be seated.

We ordered seven dishes. Pork chop 炸排骨 ($9.50), Pork chop fried rice 排骨蛋饭 ($12.80), Shrimp Fried Rice 虾仁蛋饭 ($12.80), Shredded Pork Fried Rice 肉丝蛋饭 ($10.80), Kailan 三味芥蓝 ($12), Xiao Long Bao 小龙包 ($10.30 for 10) and Steamed Vegetables and Pork Dumplings 菜肉蒸饺 ($12.80 for 10).

 
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The Pork Chop was juicy and not oily. There was no gravy. The natural juice from the meat gives the flavour.

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Shredded Pork Fried Rice:
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The Fried Rices were fried with eggs. The rice used were the short grain type commonly found in Japanese cuisine. I found the rice a tad too oily for my liking. The shrimps were very fresh. I also liked the shredded pork as it was soft and juicy like the pork chop. The pork chop on the fried rice is the same pork chop from before.

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The Vegetable and Pork Dumplings were moist and full of flavour. I like the way the ingredients were packed tightly to fill all space within the skin. The skin was quite thin.

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The Kailan was crunchy. The vegetables went well with the deep fried garlic and the white sesame seeds. I liked that they shaved off the the bottom of the stalks (Kailan stalks are generally difficult to masticate).

20160324_202318.jpgThe Xiao Long Bao was a disappointment as the meat tasted too strong and the meat juice was too salty. The size of the dumplings here are quite small.

We had Jasmine Tea 茉莉花茶 ($1 per cup) which is free flow. The jasmine tea was thick and bitter.

 
The food here were not impressive. I would not recommend this place. There are many other Chinese food places with better food and better prices. I would recommend Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (瑞春点心餐厅). They have really good Xiao Long Baos!