Din Tai Fung, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

It’s always a bliss to be able to wake up at 9AM on weekdays. And to top it all up, going back home to see loved ones and to celebrate Chinese New Year this coming Thursday has never been this exciting. 😀 All the good food, the joy and laughter, and more food! And oh, gNOMe 2’s mum’s AWESOME SIGNATURE Jiu Hoo Char is to die for!

We bet most of you are looking forward to CNY dinner, but fret not if you have yet to place any booking with any restaurant! The gNOMes are here to save you! 😀

At the mention of 鼎泰豐 (Din Tai Fung), this 1 Michelin Star restaurant has become so synonymous with great 小笼包 (Xiao Long Bao). Both gNOMes will definitely have their Xiao Long Bao cravings fixed every now at then at Din Tai Fung.

This time round, we are not going to talk about Din Tai Fung’s dishes, but rather, their CNY menu for Year 2015. 🙂

These CNY Menu Sets are perfect for CNY dinners, or if one is not into these sets, Ala Carte dishes are readily available.

Three Treasure Yee Sang [RM 188.80]

Three Treasure Yee Sang to kick start the night. Why three treasures? 3 best picks from the sea, Jellyfish, Abalone and Salmon. Jellyfish and abalones are raw, salmon slightly smoked. Piled with the usual garnishings for Yee Sang, this plate of Yee Sang is blessed with auspicious saying and wishes before the tossing begins. HUAT AH!

[Left to Right : Stewed Wheat Gluten [RM 7.90] & Din Tai Fung House Special [RM 6.90]]

Yummy-licious Stewed Wheat Gluten that resembles Taufupok, only this one is definitely softer, juicier and hands down, more delicious as this is handmade as opposed to the processed ones outside.

Din Tai Fung House Special on the other hand is a plate of mixed pickled cucumbers with glass noodles that are sweet, spicy and tangy in flavour. A definitely pleaser!

Shaoshing Wine Marinated Chicken [RM 15.90] 

One of DTF’s specialty cold dish. Tender thigh meat well marinated in Shaoshing wine, served cold.

House Steamed Chicken Soup [RM 14.80]

Nothing ever beats lovingly steamed chicken soup. Soup is traditionally a must have in most meals. Boiled for hours, the essence of chicken is beautifully captured resulting in a rich and flavourful bowl of comforting chicken soup.

Din Tai Fung’s Pork Xiao Long Bao [RM 17.80]

Din Tai Fung’s Crab Roe & Pork Xiao Long Bao [RM 25.80]

Din Tai Fung’s Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao [RM 69.80]

Din Tai Fung’s Steamed Fish Dumpling [RM 20.80]

Tell me, who doesn’t like Xiao Long Bao? One of the best dish Chinese cuisine can ever have. Juicy and succulent minced meat wrapped dumpling style, eaten with slices of ginger and vinegar sauce. The Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao had a subtle hint of crab roe, and the Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao had a nice, exquisite touch to it.

The Steamed Fish Dumplings were a surprise, juicy and fresh minced fish meat power packed dumpling style.

Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk [RM 34.50]

Fat, succulent prawns covered with Salted Egg Yolk batter, and deep fried. Thin crust, crunchy, fragrant prawns all lied down in one plate.

Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables with Shrimp [RM 19.50]

Pea shoots have never been gNOMe 2’s favourite, however the ones at Din Tai Fung proved to be rather enjoyable. Not overcooked, meaning the Pea Shoots had a rather crunchy texture instead of soggy, flaccid ones which are overcooked on high wok temperature.

Fried Pork Chop [RM 13.00]

Lean pork meat marinated with 5 different seasonings, then fried. Nevertheless, the seasonings weren’t that apparent, the pork chop tasted rather dry.

House Special Tofu [RM 24.50]

In house silky smooth tofu, topped with a layer of seaweed for that extra burst of flavour, served with oyster sauce, with mushrooms. A palatable side dish indeed.

Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wonton [RM 12.00]

Shrimp and pork wonton served on a bed of chilli oil. Definitely not for those who cannot stand spicy food, though the chilli oil gave the sought after fragrance and the spicy kick.

Noodles with Minced Pork in Bean Sauce [RM 15.50]

La mien has never been gNOMe 2’s favourite, and this dish is no exception unfortunately.

Shrimp Fried Rice [RM 17.90]

Chinese style fried rice with egg and shrimp. Nothing too fancy, and the fried rice was lacking the ‘wok heat‘ every plate of fried rice should have.

[Left to Right : Boiled Papaya with Snow Fungus [RM 9.80];

Sesame Dumpling in Red Bean Soup [RM 8.00]]

The one of the left served chilled, the other, warm. Take your pick. Both desserts are equally delectable, one providing the refreshing note after a heavy meal, the other, a sweet ending.

Verdict : DTF’s dishes continue to meet expectations, though not all dishes reviewed are enjoyable. But at least 80% made the cut. So take your pick, be more adventurous or stick to your usual favourites. DTF’s CNY Menu is available in the Pavilion, The Gardens, Empire Shopping Gallery, 1Utama and eCurve outlets until March 5.

Check out their full menu and outlet details here.

How to get there :

Address : Lot 6.01.05, Level 6, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number : +603-2148 8292

Opening Hours : 1000 hours till 2200 hours

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