Monday, February 1, 2010

Din Tai Fung (2) - Sydney

After a drive and a brief walk-around Chinatown area, my partner decided that we needed a snack. So lovely partner, his aunt and myself found ourselves heading into Din Tai Fung at World Square, not hungry - yet still craving some food.

I wanted the mixed vegetarian appetiser. This comprised of tofu, potato noodles (or thick vermicelli), seaweed strips, and bean sprouts all drizzled with yummy sweet ish marinade. YUM. I love this dish. Light and illusion of healthiness giving - but it's so tasty, it can't actually be all that healthy LOL

mixed vegetarian appetiser

My partner requested the silken tofu with preserved century egg and pork floss. This is yet another dish that all three of us loved. The tofu was awesomely smooth and served cold. The pork floss on top complemented the bland nature of tofu extremely well. Cold bland tofu, super tasty pork floss and delicious century egg with a runny center to top it all off. So simple to make, so simple in presentation, yet brings about a mix of many tastes and textures.

silken tofu with preserved egg and pork floss

Ofcourse, we needed to order the steamed "little dragon buns" (ie. pork dumplings). Though not as tasty as the Shanghai places in Ashfield, the delicate nature of the dumpling wrappers at Din Tai Fung - which don't seem to tear and instead, keep all the meaty juices inside - make the dumplings taste subtly awesome. What more, possibly because it is more subtle in taste, it feels (even if it's an illusion) more healthy compared to those super meaty flavoursome little pork dumplings.

steamed pork dumplings

We also ordered steamed vegetables and pork dumplings. These were refreshingly unoily and unstrong in flavour. The dumplings were filled with greens and vermicelli - my favourite. It actually was healthy (I think). Deliciousness! :)

Steamed vegetables and pork dumplings

For dessert, my partner's auntie wanted these deep-fried taro sandwiches and I wanted icecream. So we got the perfect compromise - a dish which has both. The taro sandwiches were interesting. The bread was bland and the taro paste was sweet. Dabbed with sesame seeds, she enjoyed this very much so. My icecream was also yum. Icey cold and not overly milky, it brings with it a distinct taro taste which isn't too sweet. Icey, not too sweet yet tasty. Almost perfect I think!

deep-fried taro sandwich with taro icecream

The food for the night pretty much all hit the mark. For that to happen when none of us were actually hungry AND the store was about to close - that's saying something about the quality of this place.

Food - 9/10
Service - 7.5/10
Ambiance - 8.5/10
Value for money - 7/10
Overall - 32/40

Din Tai Fung
World Square Shopping Centre
Level 1, Shop 11.04
644 George Street
NSW 2000
tel: (02) 9264 6010

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