So far I have been to 3 countries that have Ding Tai Fung, namely, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai. Frankly speaking, they all tasted about the same except for Taiwan's one which is still my favorite among the 3 for its overall services. We tried to order similar items so to compare but the result was pretty much as expected, at least for my taste bud: Rather unexciting.
With that taken into consideration, I am going to just post the pictures for most of the dishes we had for your reference, except a few notable items at the end which were ... interesting.
The usual Xiao Long Bao was good with thin enough skin and sufficient soup inside. Flavors were alright with or without the silver ginger vinegar dipping sauce. I usually eat one with the sauce and one without so to get the best of both worlds.
How I test the amount of soup inside is simple. I would pick up the Xaio Long Bao by the tip with my chopstick and wiggle it a bit to see how much it ... wiggles? (the picture shown below is for reference only, not th way I just described haha ... sorry C)
Oh, did we order another XLB? Yes and no, because it was Foie Gras Xaio Long Bao! You got that right, it was Meat with Foie Gras. It is nothing new actually, some places offer that as well but it was my first time. How was it?For RMB 78, I rather order another steam basket of normal XLB to be honestly. With hints of foir gras flavors, only those with sensitive palate can really taste the subtle flavor.
For dessert we ordered the red bean paste steamed dumplings which I found to be very refreshing indeed! The skin was very thin, thinner than the XLB in my opinion and the round dumplings were filled full of the not so sweet paste, thumbs up!
- Red Bean Paste Steamed Dumplings
- XLB - consistence quality but rather unexciting
- Foie Gras XLB, very subtle flavor indeed, perfect only for
Avg Spending: RMB 100 -200 per person
Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Shanghai Centre, No.1376 Nanjing West Rd., Shanghai
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