Friday, 1 November 2013

Din Tai Fung @ e@Curve, Petaling Jaya

Having started with a humble beginning in Taipei in 1970, today Din Tai Fung is voted as the Top 10 Restaurants in the World and have established their presence in ten countries. Having had the family together for the Deepavali holidays, we decided to head to their outlet in e@Curve for a sumptuous lunch. 

Din Tai Fung @ e@Curve

Interior of the Restaurant
Their outlet here is relatively large as it occupies four  shop lots. There are various sections available for customers to dine and as it was rather full today, we were placed at the far left section, close to the kitchen. The cleanliness here was really good and the staffs were very efficient. Right from greeting us at the entrance to even serving the dishes, everything seemed so perfect. It was a pleasure being able to sit near the kitchen as we were able to see how the food was being prepared and the skill of the Chef's in making these dumplings. 

A Brief of their Xiao Long Bao

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
It took me a while to digest their menu as there were so many dishes being offered and they all looked good. After going through their menu for almost 20 minutes, we decided on our orders and finalised them with the waiter.

Jasmine Pearl Tea (Fujian China Green Tea) @ RM 14.00
When you order tea here, it comes in two pots. One being filled with tea and the other is empty. You would need to empty the first serving into the empty pot and then the earlier one with the leaves still intact is topped up with hot water. With every pot you purchase, you get two refills free. The above Jasmine Pearl Tea was a soft flavour tea and it had a distinctive taste of it's own. I definitely liked it and would rate this tea at 9.3/10 .

Taiwanese Century Egg @ RM 4.80
The above starters was pretty good. The eggs were soft and fluffy yet firm on the texture. You get a thinly sliced and pickled ginger on the yolk and it has to be consumed in one bite to give the full flavour. I would rate this dish at 9.2/10 .

Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wanton @ RM 10.00
The Shrimp and Pork Wanton comes in a very spicy curry like gravy at the bottom. What amazed me with the dumplings here is how well they had crafted it. Yes, crafted is the right word as it was so perfect. The skin was amazingly thin and the fillings were just delicious. I would rate this dish at 9.7/10 .

Xiao Long Bau @ RM 10.30
The acclaimed Xiao Long Bau is definitely a must try dish here. Being one of the world's best, it is delicately made with very fine skill. Definitely the best that I have tried till date. I would rate this at 10/10 .

Shanghai Style Deep Fried Fish @ RM 19.50
If you had not read their menu, one would assume that this dish was sliced pork as it tasted just like that but in actual fact, it is sliced fish. The meat was thinly sliced and fried with honey and it was cooked to perfection. This is another dish that is a must try at this restaurant and I have not tasted this preparation elsewhere. I would rate this dish at 10/10 .

Shrimp & Pork Shio Mai @ RM 15.30
The Pork was bagged in very thin skin along with some vinegar and the shrimp was placed on the top making it look like a flower that is just blooming and the taste was absolutely delicious. Both the presentation and preparation were perfect. This deserves another full rating of 10/10 . 

Shrimp & Pork Fried Rice @ RM 15.50
Their Fried Rice was good too. It came with loads of Shrimp, Dried Shrimp, Sliced Pork and Eggs. The portion was lavish in the sense that it was good to be shared by three people. Although I find this to be good, I have still tasted better Fried Rice in other similar restaurants. Nevertheless, I would rate the above preparation at 8.8/10 .

Pork Bun @ RM 6.80
Their Pork Bun came with a good amount of fillings which were slightly on the 'Tai Bao' kind of taste. Here the bun came with a much thicker skin and it had to be peeled off  before consuming. Between this and their Xiao Long Bau, I would still prefer the latter as it was world's apart. I would rate their Pork Bun at 8.6/10 .

Overall, our dining experience here today was definitely a very good one. Most of their food served were excellent and the service provided was prompt, efficient and smooth. The pricing too was quite reasonable bearing in mind the quality of the food served. I would definitely return here again and get my hands on more dishes that I was not able to try today.

Address: G17-20, Ground Floor E@Curve, No. 2A, Jalan PJU 7/3, 
                Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Telephone: +603 7728 3218


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