Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ding Tai Fung @ Mid Valley, Gardens


Although i may not be the no.1 fan of the famed Shanghai dumpling, xiu long bao which belongs to the obvious winner of someone who nicknames herself "xiu long bao" but i could be a very close second if we go head to head. Constantly on the search for the best tasting bite size dumpling that contains minced pork with superior soup wrapped in a thin skin, I could snack on it all day long, if my wallet can accomodate it.

So the obvious reaction when i read about the famed Ding Tai Fung from WMW and Precious Pea, i ushered my parents to visit The Gardens, the newly opened wing of MidValley. A upmarket version of Mid Valley with boutiques such as Coach and Hugo Boss, it complimented the main shopping mall nicely with more expensive tastes coming over here and the affordable items over at the main complex.

Back to the food, opened at 11am, a small crowd had already appeared at the entrance but the staff failed to control the crowd in a proper manner as they tried to put a few people in at a time. Malaysians being malaysians are often very "kiasu" (check the Singlish dictionary) were trying to get in first and put their orders. Maybe the staff requires some practice to usher a rowdy crowd, after all practice makes perfect.

If anything, one compliment i have to give is the generousity of giving each person a single dish of ginger slices and refilling it with a smile unlike other places whereby each basket of dumpling is accompanied with one small miserable plate.

Ginger with vinegar and dried chilli..

Unfortunately, although i sat below a spotlight for taking photos, the orange beam wasnt very "white balance friendly" towards my photos, thus all my photos came out orange except this one which was heavily photoshopped. Random clicking here and there on terms that i didnt understand, this is what happened..any ideas how to put a watermark as well?

The original, the xiu long bao (5 pieces for RM11), came with out the lettuce leaves. The meat filling was pleasant and the soup was flavourful but my mom suggested more soup would be good and i reckon with the thickness of the skin, it should be alright, you reckon? Still on par with the rest of the xiu long baos available.

The siu mai xiu long bao was an interesting dish but i failed to capture a photo to do it justice. With a rather small prawn, the filling was similar but with a thicker skin. The only problem is i didnt know how to eat this because i was afraid of spilling any soup from the dumpling.

The thousand layer cake was rather dry and tasteless. Tasting more like plain mantou then a sweet dessert, i found it complimented the side dishes that you can order instead of eating it on its own.

The meat bun had a mini pork burger filling and was satisfied its purpose of filling you up..

The string beans was a delight, sweet and savoury at the same time with minced pork. I happily ate this with the thousand layer cake because its abit overpowering in terms of flavour on its own..

The crab roe la mien was a disappointment as it was pretty tasteless and the soup that came with it had a texture similar to your corn flour laden sharkfin soup. Although vinegar did make the dish better, i prefer the noodle below..

The beef tendon la mien came in a very tasty broth and chunks of meat and tendons..A delight to eat as i found myself sipping up the herbal based soup before the noodle was finished. Although the noodle was not as refined in terms of looks as compared to those existing ones, it was firm and "springy" as some calls it.

Address details:
Lot LG – 207 Lower Ground Floor
The Gardens, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars..If anything i was rather shocked at the looks of the people making the xiu long baos in the open kitchen. They look rather local and "amateur", after all this is a dish originating from Shanghai, so maybe a more foreign face could do the trick. Dishes are still unavailable but its pretty much a good alternative to Dragon I as they offer some different dishes and since both of them are in Mid Valley.

30 comments:

Precious Pea said...

My complain also not enuff soup in the XLB. But the braised beef la mien looks good...will go try it next time.

babelearner said...

The beef tendon la mien looks tasty and flavorful =D i assume there is this Shanghai cuisine trend mushrooming recently with the opening of Dragon-i, SOHO and Ding Tai Fung...

ling239 said...

erm... u been to SOHO @ 1-U yet?
the beef la mien there also not bad wor ~ ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: haha..well i guess its abit of trial and error lor..when u go next call me along ler, theres this dessert xiu long baos as well..

babelearner: yeap, ironically ding tai fung came from taiwan haha..its the apparent trend

ling239: will do, but 1U is damn far for me..so its always out of bound

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Big Boys Oven said...

Oh what was that all about ^?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

to the rest: im sorry but all these kind of anger should be directed at the correct channels..i would not hesitate to report this to the relevant authorities..after all your IPs can be checked and caught

bbo: clueless spamming..

zewt said...

wah... kena spam ah?

wmw said...

Aiks, what happened? Yup, I want to try the beef la mien too next time, in about a month's time when they are doing the full menu.

New Kid on the Blog said...

ooopsy... so many comments deleted.

Garden!!?? hmmmm .... looks like I gotta ask hubby to take me to KL for shopping / holiday soon!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: yeah lor..those racist comments again..2nd time d..but lazy to put in extra security..after all i would like ppl to easily put in a comment

wmw: refer above haha..like i told PP..call me also..their tofu looks enticing..

new kid: shud go around end of yr..tats when its fully open along with pavilion also

daphne said...

can't wait to try the malaysia branch and compare it to the SG one. I do like the concept though and the la mien is pretty decent! Will try the beef one!

jason said...

The photoshopped XLB not bad. Usually, at the colour balance, you'll add blue to reduce the yellowish but sometimes you'll need to reduce the red too. Faham kah?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: will give it a try to see if we are getting shortchanged or not haha

jason: argh! tearing hair out..i tak faham lar..normally i can adjust these colour balance if i shoot RAW..but thats 10mb a pic..

AngryYoungChild said...

wahhhhhhhhh......nice picture! u make the xiu long bao look like gold..haha..

zewt said...

yup... with word verification, i am quite turned off to comment.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

angryyoungchild: hahah thanks thanks..if it was gold..i be rich!

zewt: yeah lor..lazy rite?

Xiu Long Bao said...

haha....xiu long bao is a good name :)

Btw, yet to try this Ding tai dung. Plan to go there this friday.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xlb: hahah my tribute to u mah..go go go..but also shud go to shanghai in jw marriot also

Jackson said...

the food here is so different from Taiwan

mama bok said...

I think DTF .. .is having teething problem.. give them a few more months.. i think the food should be way better.. ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jackson: haha isit? kena cheated lor keke

mama bok: whenever u 1st open a place, theres bound to be problems..i think its just a matter of time..

J2Kfm said...

just wondering, comparing dragon i, canton i, din tai fung etc which one serves the best shanghainese meal? been tempted to try but xiulongbao and lamien alone cant tempt me enough ...hehe

xin said...

i went there twice before! and for the 2x i had the beef ramen. yummm!

Michelle said...

I know this is an old post but I have just went to try it out recently so can't give any comments prior to this. Anyway, after trying the Original (1st) Ding Tai Fung restaurant in Taipei then I tried this branch - I have to say the xiulongbao here was a disappointment in my book.

The one from Taipei, the 'soup' taste more like Essence than just 'soup' - it was superb and heavenly...sigh I wonder why they can't maintain that standard here, cos the Ding Tai Fung in S'pore was also poor in taste in comparison to the Main Branch.

ggmu said...

Be prepare to queue for a long time should you visit Din Tai Fung in Taiwan. A lot of Japanese~~ And it depends on your luck whether you go to the right branch which offer great XLB. Quite random i must say.