I am proud to say that i am finally unemployed, free of the leash of work after being tied down for four years. Some may say that yeah so what, i have worked two times, maybe three times the years yet i stand tall, who are you young punk to complain? Well i say good for you.
Meanwhile i am finally enjoying the break i should have taken before i started work four years ago, every second and every minute of that freedom that you used to get during the university summer holidays.
Other then being unemployed, what else has Madam Lucky have installed for me? After shortly coming back from Jakarta, i had some invites to have a meal, like most food bloggers would get, once in a blue moon. Last week, Meng from Din Tai Fung dropped me an email to come over to their Pavilion outlet, their flagship restaurant, some would say. Since the Wife wanted to tag along, i thought what better chance then to let her do the work i.e. write her own post (with a bit of editing and introduction from me).
So lets quickly read what the Wife has to say.
When I was a kid, I used to get real worked up and excited when Mom was on leave from work, looking forward to have her pick me up from school and have lunch together instead of taking the school bus. Dad too would join us for lunch and sometimes, even skip work afterwards! It was a combination of anticipation and envy: knowing that someone you love is enjoying her/his day while you are stuck doing the boring.
So, with the Husband currently unemployed and having all these food tasting events to attend, I couldn’t help but feel envious about his new found freedom. Hence, when he announced that he was going to Pavilion for lunch at Din Tai Fung, I decided to take leave and join him for a day of old-fashion pak toh – lunch and movie afterward.
The new establishment has been opened since February and is boosting a larger seating capacity with partitions for group lunches/dinners, after receiving much feedback from customers. Decor is also more sophisticated than The Gardens.
I would say that Din Tai Fung’s USP (Unique Selling Proposition) would encompass: “Quality-Consistent, Affordable, Taiwanese Staples with a hint of local authenticity”. The franchiser retain their brand image by ensuring that franchisees conform to stipulated SOPs when it comes to food preparation and service. Chefs and floor staffs are sent to Taiwan regularly to brush up on their skill-sets. They are even equipped with speaker phones in the kitchen, so if you find the waiter walking up to one of the phones after you ask them about the whereabouts your food is, they are actually calling the kitchen to find out! Admirable.
My favorite appetizer, the Chili Wantons – not at all spicy and quite sweet. Not to be scared off by the chilli oil!
Imported and rightfully tasted good although even Meng admitted that it is of course not on par with the ones at Yung Kee, Hong Kong.
The gluten (a.k.a bean curd) is first fried and then stewed with presumably lots of sugar which renders this dish a sweet start to the meal, perfect for people like the Husband who needs his sugar to kick start his day. I mean, who eats cake for breakfast?
The xiao long bao is on par with what the rest of Kuala Lumpur has to offer. From the skin, broth and filling, it offers familiarity and doesn't jump right at you as a shockingly good or bad piece of art. Although at the end of the day if you ask me, I still prefer the crab meat version which if you notice, as an extra piece of dough on the basket to help the kitchen identify which is which!
Warning: Contains “Smelly Vege” – my household term for parsley. Not for me but something the Husband would order just to take the piss at me because he doesn't mind the combination. Had it not been for the parsley or is "yin sai chung" another herb? I might have enjoyed the fresh filling of fish.
The Yang Chun Mian was a simple tasty bowl of noodles. Toppings of shredded pork and a hint of onion sauce, mix it well and even the sick should be able to finish this.
One of their signature dishes that the Husband refuses to do order. He has this ability to think that he can cook, so a simple dish like fried rice, he will never order because he claims to cook a damn good version which i have never tried. By looking at the plate of rice contrary to my assumption, it is not at all bland. Fluffy Japanese rice, well coated with egg and bites of meat.
If you find that something is missing, ask them to add some soya sauce because they don't use any.
At this point, we were bursting and we had yet go to desserts. Now i have got a serious feeling as to why the Husband is seriously putting on some weight.
The husband obliged to a spring roll with a yam filling. He said it was good, then again, he says everything is good.
Everything was above average and i must say prices are quite affordable, although we are notoriously famous for raking funnily high bills in places where the average spending is supposedly RM28 per pax. Anyhow, i see myself coming back and with the extra space you get in the Pavilion outlet, i can kiss goodbye to the tight and noisy outlet at Gardens!
Located at Pavilion 6th Floor Lot No. : 6.01.05, Level 6
Tel. : 03-2148 8292. Do call them if you want to book their private rooms.
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
On another note, since the Husband is unemployed, do contact him if you want him to come to your restaurant for food reviews and if you can, spare him some cash and he will even throw in some photography for menu, pamphlets and etc!
Ok, Wife, you can stop here right now.
Hey! I still want to eat out even if you are unemployed ok!
Thanks to the Husband for allowing me to tag along.