Powered by Blogger.
- BBQ (2)
- Breakfast (3)
- Brunch (2)
- Bubble Tea (3)
- Burgers (4)
- Cake (1)
- Cash Only (5)
- Cheesecake (1)
- Coffee (3)
- Congee (1)
- Dessert (3)
- Dim Sum (2)
- Dine Out (2)
- Fast Food (1)
- Fusion (1)
- Halal (5)
- HK Cafe (1)
- Late Night (8)
- Lunch (3)
- Mac N Cheese (1)
- Pasta (2)
- Pizza (3)
- Ramen (2)
- Sandwiches (2)
- Seafood (3)
- Soup (1)
- Sushi (10)
- Take Out (4)
- Tapas (2)
It had been a weird day ever since I woke up at 12 noon (I have no shame in saying that, and I bet you woke up +/- 1 hour of my waking ...
I will start off by saying that this is not our typical post. There are no photos or praise in the passage below. This is simply an ac...
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think Richmond Night Market? If you’re like most people I know, ...
It was a beautiful night and we were looking for something dumb to do. So we went to Anton’s Pasta to stuff our face. It was...
After hearing so much about this place from friends, I finally had the chance to try Phnom Penh last week. I did have a brief taste...
It had been a long time coming. Ying had been wanting to make yummy in her tummy courtesy of Stepho’s for a few days ...
So it was another one of those days when I had an extended lunch break followed by afternoon lectures. Rich had the e...
We've been to Green Lettuce several times now, at least three times for dinner a couple of times for lunch in the past 6 months,...
Monday, 27 August 2012
22:21 | Posted by Ying Yao | | Edit Post
|While waiting, Richard and I walked around waiting area. There is a big poster explaining Din Tai Fung’s history and how it became the first Taiwanese restaurant to be recognized by the Michelin Star Restaurant Guide. Part of the kitchen is also open for public viewing. You can see how they put together their famous dumplings and Xiao Long Bao.|
|We waited and waited and waited…. It must’ve been an hour… and finally, we got our seat|
|The server quickly and pleasantly greeted us. We were given a menu with colourful display of their wide food selection. Of course, there is a big zoom in picture of Din Tai Fung’s famous Xiao Long Bao. There were also dumplings, rice, noodle, soup and Chinese dessert on the menu. Interesting, different from many fine dining Chinese restaurant, there was a small selection of bubble tea. When we were waiting, we had a good look at their menu and we kind of knew what we were ordering. Without further ado, we quickly ordered xiao long bao, dumplings, fried rice cakes, dan dan noodles, and beef noodles.|
|The eating utensils were thoughtful and modern. Everything is clean and nice. This place ain’t sloppy.|
|Each person gets their own dish of sliced ginger to make sauce for the xiao long bao, much like Dinesty in Richmond.|
|The waiter explained that their recommendations is to use three parts vinegar and one part soy sauce. Obviously the bigger bottle above was the vinegar.|
|We picked up some of the shrimp & pork dumplings. At $9.50 for 10, these were some pretty pricey steamed dumplings. I thought they were just okay… not sensational by any means.|
|Next up were the famed xiao long bao or juicy pork dumplings. They arrived looking kinda saggy, which wasn’t a good sign. Excellent xiao long bao is supposed to have plenty of soup inside, which makes it look all puffy. One bite into one of these dumplings confirmed that there’s not much soup in these things… disappointing! I personally think that the xiao long bao in Richmond is much better. So much for a Michelin Star rated restaurant…|
|The dan dan noodles (noodle with sesame sauce) was much too dry, which such a tiny amount of minced pork perched on top. It seemed like the noodles had been sitting there for some time before it got to us as it was quite dry and stuck together.|
|We also got a hot and sour soup, which at the waiter’s recommendation was a large size for the five of us. I would say it was one of the better dishes of the night, with plenty of tofu, egg, pork, bamboo shoots etc.|
|This was the Shanghai rice cake with pork. Not bad – with chewy rice cake and some veggies and pork interspersed.|
|Now we only got a picture of one piece of beef for the next dish, which was the braised beef noodle soup. I thought this was by far the best dish of the night, though it pales in comparison to the Taiwanese beef noodle soup we can find in Vancouver/Richmond. The beef was really well seasoned and braised to a point where it was just melt-in-your-mouth kind of tender.|
|Now the drinks were by far the MOST impressive part of the meal, and all because of these bright yellow pearls, or popping boba as they were known on the menu. Anthony and I were super intrigued by the line “add popping boba” for $0.50. Now we assumed that boba was just pearls that we can find at any bubble tea place here, but POPPING boba? I pictured those pop rocks candy… and didn’t think that made any sense. So we asked the waiter and he patiently explained that they had two kinds, mango and yogurt. Essentially, these things have a very very thin coat of gelatin on the outside and was filled with either mango juice or yogurt. We decided that we had to try both so we ordered two drinks and put popping boba in each. We agreed that these were much better than the conventional pearls. I don’t know about you, but the normal pearls are SO CHEWY and becomes a chore to eat by the end of the drink. These popping pearls, however, burst open at the slightest pressure and are filled with yummy yogurt or mango juice. OH SO AWESOME! We began discussing possible entrepreneurship ideas with these little buggers…but alas, they can already be found in Vancouver…at none other than Green Leaf Natural Food Bubble Tea.|
|We ended our meal with some steamed taro dumplings. The funny part was that the skin of these buns was sooooo sticky that it sticks to a single chopstick held upside down. These weren’t too bad.|
View Larger Map