Yes, my butt is back in Manila but I can't get over the good food I've tried during my Shanghai Trip! Thanks to my dearest brother who accompanied me for lunch and dinner even during working hours! I'm so lucky to have such caring brother like him!
Anyways, back to the food story, I've heard him talk about this posh, expensive Taiwan restaurant located at the Ritz Carlton Hotel! I actually passed by this restaurant the night before but line outside was crazy long so I gave it a skip and noted "Next Time"! I was a bit surprised when my brother texted me before lunch telling me to meet him Din Tai Fung .yes..my "Next Time" restaurant! He advised me to be there early for reservations! I got us a table at around 11:30am and my brother arrived at 11:45am, just in time as people were starting to line up around 12nn!!!
Oh before I talk about the food, the history of Din Tai Fung is quite fun to read! To shorten the long story, the founder is originally from China then he moved to Taiwan to sell oil then steamed dumplings, then the rest is history! :) Xiao Long Bao by the way are steamed buns!
The Table Setting
The tea that I ordered
I have to pay for this! *lol*
I opted for Green Tea
The cute "standing" ginger strips
to be mixed with soy sauce
Steamed Pork Dumplings
29.00rmb for 5 pcs (Php197.00/$4.60)
5 tiny Xiao Long Bao that was housed in a huge steamer! I guess aside from them "galit-galit" (angry at each other), they were situated far from each other to prevent bumping into each other during steaming as there's soup inside these babies. You can also order 10pcs for 58.00rmb (Php395.00/$9.20)
To show you the size of the Xiao Long Bao
against the porcelein spoon used for soup.
I try to bit it as gently as I can
The wet part isn't my saliva ok? *laughs*
See how much soup inside the Xiao Long Bao?
So be careful not to splatter them all over your clothing
Next came Steamed Chicken Xiao Long Bao
29.00rmb for 5 pcs (Php197.00/$4.60)
Don't ask me, they all look pretty alike! I don't know how the servers can distinguish them!
Ok, this wasn't a lady-like bite!
The Pork XiaoLongBao tastes a bit stronger while the chicken is on the lighter side!
Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup
I actually forgot the price but its around
49.00rmb (approx Php318.00/$7.60)
The shrimp wonton is wrapped perfectly!
They're not damaged inside the soup and the shrimp is big!
I think there were around 3-4 pieces of these per order
The ambiance of the restaurant is worth visiting at least once if you're in Shanghai. You can see the Chefs preparing your dishes in the see-through glass window. I like how they maintain cleanliness!
Wall of fame! You can see Taiwan and Hong Kong actors and actresses' portrait with their signatures! Whoever drew this is super talented as I can quickly recognize them!
*ahem* The Philippine Actor and Actress! *lol* Thanks to my brother dear for the wonderful lunch enjoyed on a super rainy day! My hair was oh so nice in the morning but due to the humidity it went from Nice to Crap! *laughs*
Food at Din Tai Fung Dumpling house is not as flavorful as what we have down here in the Philippines! But this is best for the health-conscious as the food are prepared as soon as you order them and are served fresh! Different types of dumplings are served! There will always be something for the meat lovers, seafood lovers or even vegetarians! The prices are more expensive than regular Dumpling House but its worth to visit at least once for that super authentic Chinese dumplings!
I may have to add that the service is great! The washroom is super clean and westernized!
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
You can also find this famous dumpling house in the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and USA.
Enjoy your weekend food tripping!
Keep smilin'Stay happy!