To catch up with our friends K & D we decided to join them for “breakfast.” (It’s Ramadan time again.) Since we’ve been dying to try Din Tai Fung for a while we suggested the resto and made reservations. Been hearing such great things about it (“Best Xiao Long Bao EVER” to quote my friend) and reading about it in Pattie’s blog sealed the deal! After finding out that their HK branch was awarded 1 Michelin star (2010) we were full of expectations. Did Din Tai Fung measure up?
The dish we came here for: Xiao long bao. We ordered kepiting & ayam or steamed crab meat & chicken dumping (Rp 95,000 for 10 pcs).
Our friends were there by 5:45 pm and had already ordered some appetizers in anticipation of 6 pm when they can break their fast.
The Xia Long Baos are pictured above. The verdict? The flavor was very good but the soup was not hot enough. Could it be an oversight because of too many customers at that hour? We don’t know, but my husband and I plan to come back to give it a second chance. But we both agreed that in this instance we’ve had better Xiao Long Bao at Crystal Jade (Jakarta) and Bosses Restaurant (Singapore).
For our main course we had the following:
Almost everything we ordered was a house specialty (had that little icon beside the name) and we were happy and satisfied after the meal. The service was fast and efficient with pleasant English-speaking staff. We are definitely coming back and giving those dumplings another chance! I also hope to one day visit the HK branch and try some of the pork dishes (especially the pork dumplings). =P
Din Tai Fung
- Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Ground Floor X 101-103 , Jl. New Delhi # 9 Senayan, Jakarta Selatan
- Tel. (62-21) 5790 1278 / 88
Robbie Dinglasan says
DTF has the best XLB. EVER. But the best is the Din Tai Fung in Shanghai when it’s shanghai crab season. The roe is what is used to stuff the xiao long bao!
Aaaaaaaah so hungry now….
Tit for tat! I get hungry looking at the food pics you post on FB! =P