Everyone has their list of the best Din Tai Fung dishes. Here is our list of our current favourites – the seven must-try Din Tai Fung dishes to order in Singapore (and probably elsewhere).
Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 has over 140 outlets all over the world, 24 of them are in Singapore. They can be found in many malls in Singapore, yet demand seems to be always strong. A queue can be seen in many of the outlets during meal times. Of course the xiao long bao is the Din Tai Fung star dish but I think the secret of their success is the wide range of other food available. We find that we can make repeat visits because there are so many other choices. Here are our current list of our favourite Din Tai Fung dishes.
Best Din Tai Fung dishes : Appetisers and Snacks
The first of our list of best Din Tai Fung dishes need no introduction. The oriental salad in special vinegar dressing ($4.80) or xiao cai is a favourite among many of us. Vegetables, bean curd and other nice things are chopped into strips and tossed with the tasty vinegar dressing. It is a refreshing dish to wake up the palate.
We discovered a couple of snacks recently that we had not previously ordered at DTF. The deep-fried shrimp and pork wonton ($8.50) has a good balance of the deep-fried skin and the prawn fillings. A special dipping sauce accompanies the dish
The other item on our current list of best Din Tai Fung dishes is the crispy golden prawn pancake ($10.50). It is a simple dish – prawn paste wrapped in bean curd skin fried. Deep-fried prawns always taste nice. The extra layer of light and crispy bean curd skin makes it even better. Both these two fried dishes will go well with beer!
No list of the best Din Tai Fung dishes would be complete without the xiao long bao ($10.30 for basket of 10 pieces). The consistency of quality and taste of this dish is amazing. A basket of 10 pieces can be shared between two or three people.
Special braised beef noodles soup ($13) is a must try Din Tai Fung dish. Beef noodles are very popular in Taiwan and it is an item we like to eat when we are there. Our favourite place in Taipei is Yong Kang Beef Noodles. The pieces of beef are the highlight – they are cooked till really soft.
Another newly discovered item at Din Tai Fung is the fried rice with pork chop ($13). We had previously ordered the regular egg fried rice ($8) and were happy with it. One day we decided to try the version with the pork chop and have been hooked on it ever since. The egg fried rice is the same, but for the additional $5, it comes with a large slab of pork chopped (which I think is deep fried). The pork is well marinated, juicy and without any ‘porky’ flavour.
For something sweet at Din Tai Fung, we suggest the steamed red bean buns ($5.40 for three pieces). The bun has skin which is nice and fluffy and the inside is stuffed with a generous amount of red bean paste.
This brings us to the end of our list of must-try Din Tai Fung dishes to order in Singapore. Happy eating!
鼎泰豐 Din Tai Fung Singapore
Various outlets in SIngapore
DTF Singapore Website with list of Stores and Operating Hours
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