Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dinner at Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 @Nex

Hubby has gone for night cycling again, I'm free to eat whatever I fancy for the night. I chose to find my dinner venue at Nex which has an extensive list of F&B outlets on offer.

My choice, Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐, a world renowned Michelin stared Taiwanese franchise selling top quality 小籠包. This restaurant is always crowded and queues are crazy during meal times. I was there before 6:30pm which was slightly ahead of their usual weekday crowd. The smiley Taiwanese-accent waitress ushered me promptly to my seat.

This branch is spacious, with a large seating capacity. The interior is well lit and had a modern contemporary style decor. On the right, there is a large open-concept kitchen with busy chefs working hard on their job. The dining area is divided into sections with larger tables for bigger groups of diners and areas with smaller tables catering for petit parties of 2-4pax.

Table setting is simple with plain white plates and teacups and condiments on the side.

The menu is well categorized with quite a huge list of their steamed meat dumplings being the main focus among the other dishes. I picked a dumpling dish as appetizer, a noodle dish and a meat dish as mains.

Order chit clipped onto the Menu 

Shrimp siew mai (6pcs) $9.80++, this is essentially a slimmer version of the 小籠包 with a mid size prawn topping. The prawn was very fresh and crunchy, pairs well with the juicy minced pork swimming in flavorful broth beneath. The dumpling skin was excellently done, smooth and thin and doesn't fall apart when picked up with chopsticks. A superbly executed dish!

Broth oozing out..

For main course, I had the Mushroom & minced pork noodle $8.80++ and a Fried pork chop $7.50++.

The noodle was handmade 手工面 with a soft and springy texture. It was covered with generous amount of braised mushrooms and minced pork with a thick gravy. The gravy has a strong mushroom aroma, is not too salty but utterly flavorful, very delish.

My all time fave Fried pork chop, was well marinated, deep fried juicy & tender porky goodness, as usual. It has been my Must Order on every visit for the longest time. Highly recommended!

Service here was of high standard as usual, waitresses were forever energetic and full of smiles. The management made sure that they can all speak in Taiwanese accent and served in the friendly Taiwanese way. The free flow of Jasmine tea $1.00++ was always topped up promptly even if it is 3/4 full. Empty dishes were cleared off speedily too. Food wise, was almost always above expectations and reasonably priced. That pretty much explains the crazy queues at the doors during meal times. This is one restaurant I will always return in a heartbeat.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Nex, 23 Serangoon Central #B1-10, S556083
Tel: 6634 7787

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 1100 - 2130
Sat, Sun & PH: 1030 - 2130

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