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09 January 2007 @ 03:34 am
din tai fung  
i can't believe it took me this long to find out how wonderful din tai fung is. :)

one day in december, we were moseying around town when jean was still in singapore. after she scooted off to her dinner appointment, val and i wandered around looking for some light bites when we saw the queue outside din tai fung at wisma atria.

"must be good", we reasoned to ourselves (so singaporean hor? funny because we are two of the least singaporean peeps around. i guess we have our moments...)

so we joined the queue happily, not minding the wait since we had lots to babble on about anyway (as usual). it was more than a 20-minute wait but it passed in the blink of an eye (or the wag of a tongue... )

this was some kickass drunken chicken! it was so good it should be illegal. perfectly chilled, no loose globs of fats or skin dangling, and just the right amount of chinese wine. i admit that i'm one of those peeps who'd usually remove chicken skins on their plates, but the skin on this drunken chicken was simply divine - firm, succulent and slightly springy. beautiful texture, it was.

the plate was clean in a matter of minutes.

the next thing that astounded us was how we could pick up our soup dumplings with just chopsticks and pop them unbroken into our greedy mouths. the skin of each dumpling was nice and thin, yet held up well when grappled unceremoniously. soup within each dumpling was deliciously warm and savoury. these babies truly put crystal jade's soup dumplings to shame!

our last dish didn't fare so well though. by then we were rather satisfied and already din tai fung converts, so it wasn't too big a deal that the pork and shrimp dumplings were extremely ho-hum. the skins of these dumplings were too thick, the pork within was rather tough, and the shrimps were overcooked. definitely not ordering these again.

we were back there again a week later - no pictures of the second sesh because it was a total munch-fest. :)

this reminds me that i have to eat a din tai fung meal before i leave for melbourne... :)

din tai fung
435 orchard road
#02-24 wisma atria
tel: 6732 1383

feelin': hungryhungry
.that girl.: shockedgirlwhowaits on January 9th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
omg xiaolongbao!! Dying for some here, haven't found any good ones even at the yum cha places.

One of the places I definitely want to go in the first couple of days back - there's one at Paragon as well no?
JV: eatdrag0nette on January 9th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
hahaha! what an awesome OMG icon!

tiffany just commented below that she had bad experiences at the paragon branch? could be a case of different chefs...
.that girl.: sail awaygirlwhowaits on January 10th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
Love that icon - from foursides and she has some good ones from Grey's Anatomy as well.

Yeh might try the Wisma branch instead.

Booking tickets soon!!!!! [squee]
JV: owldrag0nette on January 10th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
senprojectsen on January 9th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
what is drunken chicken drunk on? i've never had it.

i eat a din tai fung meal every fakking day! TAKE THAT!

JV: eatdrag0nette on January 9th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
you can't have a din tai fung meal every fakking day if you've never had drunken chicken! :)

it's chinese rice wine in them drunken chooks. :)
vanessafridavanessafrida on January 9th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
girl you are making me hungry!!
JV: japogothdrag0nette on January 9th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
that's good! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 9th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
mm the last 2 visits i had at DTF wasnt too good and i siamed that place forever. that was paragon's.

perhaps i could go try the wisma outlet. :)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on January 9th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
which dishes did you order? there are some stuff which are very no good...

i haven't tried the paragon branch but i'm super impressed by the chefs at wisma. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 9th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
we had the XLB which super not nice.

and some noodles thingy. yucks.

but that was 2 years back. prolly they are better now?
JV: japogothdrag0nette on January 9th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
then go try the wisma branch! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 9th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
yea i will. when im better! :)
.that girl.: sunbakinggirlwhowaits on January 10th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
You're the fourth person to say that - I might give that branch a miss then and head straight for Wisma.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on January 10th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
really??? thats VERY bad.
angelsoo on January 11th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
yoohoo babe!!! i was there during xmas! sori ler no time to meet up with you... next trip, okay? btw, hv fun in melbourne! take goooood care, yeah? *hugs*
JVdrag0nette on January 11th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
heeey babe! miss you leh! :) no worries... will catch you next time! :D *hugs*