Hong Kong Hustle: Din Tai Fung

If there’s one place that we go to everytime we’re in HK, it’s this one. And though we frequent shopping centers in every visit, this one is an everyday stop.

It’s none other than DIN TAI FUNG~

This place has possibly the best xiao long baos in Hong Kong. Although I’ve tasted a few that could rival theirs, nothing could still beat how they make their xiao long baos, and you could see it for yourself via their transparent windows!

Din Tai Fung is my dad’s absolute favorite restaurant in Hong Kong. If we’re in Causeway Bay, we choose a hotel near Yee Wo Street, where Din Tai Fung is at, and if we’re at Tsim Sha Tsui, we stay in a hotel that is near Silvercord, which is just a few blocks away from Harbour City. Whichever side we are in, DIN TAI FUNG IS ALWAYS A MUST. FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER.

So for this getaway, we decided to uphold the tradition.

FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.

FOR LUNCH AND FOR DINNER.

I KID YOU NOT.

and hey, THE FOOD IS REALLY GOOD. THAT MICHELIN STAR WASN’T GIVEN FOR NOTHING.

Notice how some xiao long baos in other restos break so easily? Well theirs don’t, despite the thin and delicate wrap. It didn’t even crack open when I jiggled it forcefully. Seriously, their art of making xiao long baos astounds and renders me in awe every time. That’s some exquisite craft right there.

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The Menu

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Our order sheet

DAY 1

First up, the Xiao Long Baos~

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Steamed Pork Dumplings (HK$ 58.00). I’d give this:

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Its meat is very tender and so unlike others that I’ve tried! โค

AND TAKE NOTE. Xiao Long Baos cannot just be eaten in any other way, there is a proper way of eating them, and here’s how as instructed by Din Tai Fung:

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Nothing really beats their Xiao Long Bao, this I can guarantee and attest to!

Another favorite are these sliced cucumbers with chili and garlic! I know I don’t like vegetables and I’m not really fond of spicy food, but the flavor of this one makes you want to keep eating it. The sauce is unbelievably good for something so simple and the cucumber is perfect for this! The watery cucumbers soothe the spiciness of the chili, and chili mixed with garlic is ALWAYS a good combination.

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Tossed Sliced Cucumber with Chili and Garlic (HK$42.00). I’d give this:

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This is our favorite combo of all time: fried rice with pork. I can’t explain how yummy this rice is, it’s just so good and the taste of the egg is very prominent in this dish! It’s not sticky like japanese rice, but its texture is also not like the regular ones, it’s somewhere along the middle. Plus, the pork makes it even taste better, and even though it tastes just like your typical pork with more pepper, once it goes with the fried rice, BAM! You’ll scarf the whole plate for sure.

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Egg fried rice served with deep -fried pork chop (HK$80.00). I’d give this:

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The dishes above are what we always order, but since we were craving for soup and we wanted to try a new dish, we ordered the Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup. It was ok, it tasted clean, but it was a bit bland and it almost tasted like water. Almost.

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Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup (HK$56.00). I’d give this:

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DAY 2

So we had the Xiao Long Baos, and then we completely changed our order to make room for other ones haha~

We ordered these shredded beancurd that looked so good in the menu, and it even tasted better than it looked! It was so delicious that we ordered another one! DIN TAI FUNG WILL MAKE ME LOVE VEGETABLES I SWEAR.

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Tossed Shredded Beancurd with Seaweed and Beansprouts in Vinegar Dressing (HK$42.00). I’d give this:

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So on the first day we had the Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup right? Well this time we had the Shrimp and Pork Wonton NOODLE Soup. We were craving for noodles naman and I was curious on how it would taste as a noodle soup. It tasted relatively better than the wonton soup alone, but it was still so-so.

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Shrimp and Pork Wonton Noodle Soup (HK$68.00).ย I’d give this:

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Ooh here’s another spicy dish again, and well, it’s shrimp and pork wonton too. Hindi halata na mahilig kami sa shrimp and pork wonton.ย This one is really spicy, but it’s tolerable because it’s really delicious. DIN TAI FUNG IS ON A ROLL WITH ITS SAUCES!

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Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wonton (HK$56.00). I’d give this:

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DAY 3

For this day, we basically ordered the same as what we ordered in Day 2, but we added one dish and it’s a Shanghai-style Yellow Croaker ๐Ÿ˜€

This one’s so-so as well. It’sย like those lutong bahay fish we usually eat everyday; nothing quite special about it.

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Shanghai-style deep-fried fish (Yellow Croaker) (HK$58.00). I’d give this:

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Maybe this series should be called Din Tai Fung Hustle lol

Ahh~ I really can’t get enough of Din Tai Fung. By now, one would think I’d be so sick of DTF, but NOPE. I’d go there every time I could.

Aaannnd, what’s more is that they’re coming here in Manila! I am pretty psyched about this! I really hope that they bring and maintain the same taste, craft, and technique like how the ones in Taiwan and Hong Kong do!

IF DIN TAI FUNG MANILA OPENS…DOES THIS MEAN THAT 3 DAYS WOULD BECOME EVERYDAY?

Well, we’ll just see! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Din Tai Fung

C130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: 11:30am-10:30pm (Mon-Sun)

Budget: About HK$300.00 for two people

Contact No.:ย +852 2730 6928

Love,

Des โค

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