I have been to Ding Tai Fung, which is famous for its cute little parcel of tongue burning goodness, in many different countries. And they are becoming like McD for steamed pork dumplings known as Xiao Long Bao 小籠包.
Ding Tai Fung can be found almost everywhere these days. In Taipei where it all started, you can still see HKgers queueing for the original. But it is almost the same everywhere, like this one operating inside the shopping mall connected to my hotel opposite the Kowloon Park. And it was quite strange that some of the branches are highlighted in the Michelin Bib Gourmands.
紹興酒醉雞 Drunken chicken in Shaoxing rice wine
Locally sourced chickens will always make or break this dish. And here, they used chicken from Chengyuen 清元 that is famous for their yellow skinned chicken. We got a piece of thigh and it was a bit tough, but the fragrance of the yellow wine did come through nicely without being bitter.
咸肉糉 Boiled glutinous rice stuffed with pork
As it was around Dragon Boat Festival, when boiled glutinous rice dumplings are eaten, we ordered one of their 咸肉糉 Boiled glutinous rice stuffed with pork. Unlike the ones we make at home and sold at Kim Choo, their rice dumpling looked like a pillow. It was mainly rice with meagre amount of fillings.
小籠包 Special steamed pork dumplings
This is their signature dish, the pork dumplings that made the DTF empire around the world. There’s nothing to fault, it was as good as anywhere else due to their stringent quality control and precise SOP that define the number of folds, the amount of filling, and an AI-controlled steaming station.
絲瓜蝦仁小籠包 Steamed green squash and shrimp dumplings
Din Tai Fung Mira Place 鼎泰豐 美麗華廣場
132 Nathan Road Shop 407 Mira Place One L4 FoodLoft
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Date Visited : May 2017