Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Trip to Din Tai Fung at Paragon

Singapore Day 1
Din Tai Fung Paragon

After arriving at Fairmont Singapore and learning that our room was not yet ready, we REALLY had NO choice but to have our first meal in Singapore.

We headed to Paragon Shopping Mall along Orchard Road to eat at Din Tai Fung because truffle xiao long bao is exclusively available at the Paragon branch.

At Paragon

Menu Board

We couldn't have come at a better time as lines were non-existent during the off-peak hour of 4 p.m.!
Ghost Town at 4 p.m.

It was purely a dimsum meal because we wanted to save room for dinner:
Steamed Pork  Xiao Long Bao

The flavors of the Singapore xiao long baos were consistent with the xiao long baos I've eaten in Hong Kong as of late: It unfortunately lacked a special something. I guess I'll never be able to relive the glory days of Din Tai Fung xiao long baos wherein one bite of the soupy dumpling left me speechless and in bliss.

Truffle Xiao Long Bao

The truffle flavor was evident without overwhelming the entire dumpling. The truffles certainly made the dumplings more interesting although this was not a runaway winner for me.  Having said that, one is not given a lot of opportunities to taste truffle in xiao long bao so it's still worth a try.  

Steamed Crab Meat and Pork Xiao Long Bao

My least favorite of the lot as it didn't taste any different from the pork xiao long baos. Pass on this.

Steamed Chili Crab Xiao Long Bao
Now this made the trip worth it! I was amazed that something so small and delicate was able to capture the essence of Singapore's national dish, chili crabs. Rich full flavors that made me wish that we ordered more!

Spicy Shrimp Wanton
I love all things spicy so this was also a winner. The shrimps were also fresh making this such a joy to eat.

And with the very satisfying meal at Din Tai Fung, our Singapore food binge officially began!

Din Tai Fung has ten branches in Singapore. For more information, click here

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