Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 – a name that almost every household is familiar with. The well-known Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant that originates from Taiwan is arguably the most successful Chinese chain restaurant in Singapore and even in some other countries. David and I have been such huge fans of Din Tai Fung that we patron the restaurant almost every other week for the authentic taste of Taiwan. We also made sure to check in to the Michelin-starred Din Tai Fung restaurants in both Hong Kong and Taiwan on our trips there. We were thrilled to be invited to attend the Lunar New Year tasting by Din Tai Fung at the Paragon flagship store.
Even though we frequently patron Din Tai Fung, we have been sticking to the usual dishes during every single visit. We love their popular dishes like Braised Beef Noodles, Fried Rice with Shrimps & Egg, Fried Rice with Shredded Pork & Egg, Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake, Oriental Wantons with Black Vinegar and Chili Oil and of course, the signature Xiao Long Bao! Despite being a loyal fan of Din Tai Fung, I’m guilty to say that there are quite a few dishes that I’m trying for the first time tonight!
We were introduced to a wide variety of dishes including the festive specials like Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng and Steamed Layered Red Date Cake in conjunction with the upcoming Lunar New Year.
Din Tai Fung – Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng 发财鱼生
Kick off your Lunar New Year celebration with the popular Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng (发财鱼生) at Din Tai Fung! The Lohei (Prosperity Toss) session is always enjoyable with the waiter/waitress wishing you auspicious blessings as they pour the ingredients onto the plate. The classic Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng at Din Tai Dung includes Norwegian smoked salmon, crispy yam strips, twirls of white radish and carrots, fresh pomelo pulp and Tianjin roasted chestnuts. The colourful dish is then topped with a sweet and tangy plum sauce.
The combination of the ingredients gives the dish a refreshing and satisfying taste. The crunchy yam strips add an additional kick to the dish and the sweet and sour sauce is so well balanced, making the dish a perfect appetizer.
In addition to the ingredients included, you may choose to add more flavours to your Yu Sheng with the top-up choices. The top-up options include Pine Nuts (S$2.80), tender Smoked Unagi (S$9.80) and Fried Salmon Skin (S$4.80). I highly recommend the crispy Fried Salmon Skin and the flavourful Smoked Unagi to be added to your Yu Sheng. We had the Yu Sheng with all the top-ups added and it tastes fantastic!
The smoked salmon and unagi slices are pretty big in size. But if you would like more, you may opt for an additional serving of Sliced Smoked Salmon at S$9.80 (6 slices per serving). An additional serving of Crispy Yam Strips is also available at S$3.80 per serving.
Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng:
Standard (serves 2 to 3) – S$32.80 Deluxe (serves 4 to 6) – S$48.80 Available at all outlets in Singapore from 22 January to 4 March 2018
For the fellow vegetarians, here’s a vegetarian-friendly version of Yu Sheng available for you as well.
Prosperity Vegetarian Yu Sheng:
Standard (serves 2 to 3) – S$26.80 Deluxe (serves 4 to 6) – S$39.80
Citibank Cardholders Exclusive:
- Complimentary Sliced Smoked Salmon Top-Up Voucher (6 slices worth S$9.80) with a minimum spend of S$98
- 10 percent off any purchase (except for top-up ingredients) of Prosperity Yu Sheng
Din Tai Fung – Steamed Layered Red Date Cake 枣泥糕
In conjunction with Lunar New Year, Din Tai Fung introduces Steamed Layered Red Date Cake (S$13.80, (U.P. S$16.80) to give a hint of sweetness after your meal. The smooth and chewy cake is made of imported premium red dates with natural sweetness. The fragrance of the red dates is so overwhelming yet not too sweet.
The Steamed Layered Red Date Cake is suitable for vegetarians and good for sharing. Only limited servings available exclusively at Paragon Shopping Centre, Junction 8 and Northpoint City from 29 January 2018 to 28 February 2018, for takeaway only.
Yam paste wrapped in Crispy Spring Roll 酥脆芋泥卷
The Yam paste wrapped in Crispy Spring Roll (S$6.60) is one of my favourites among all of the dishes. This is our first time trying the dish which is only exclusively available at the Paragon Shopping Mall restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. The spring roll skin is deep fried to crispy and it tastes heavenly good with the yam paste within when served hot. This is also another vegetarian-friendly dish!
Deep Fried Handmade Tofu with Water Chestnuts & Mushrooms 酥炸素豆腐
Here’s another recommended dish that is only available at Paragon flagship store only. The vegetarian-friendly Deep Fried Handmade Tofu with Water Chestnuts & Mushrooms (S$8.60) is soft and tender, coated with golden crispy outer layer. The fragrance of the assorted vegetables like mushrooms and water chestnuts adds a flavourful twist to the tofu. The chili sauce served alongside also gives an additional kick to the dish.
Din Tai Fung – Steamed Truffle & Pork Dumplings 松露小笼包
Xiao Long Bao is one of the must-eat items at Din Tai Fung. Other than the classic award-winning Xiao Long Bao, various renditions of Xiao Long Bao have been introduced to Din Tai Fung’s menu. The premium Steamed Truffle & Pork Dumplings (S$5 per piece) is basically the Xiao Long Bao on steroids! Enjoy the strong flavours of black truffle within the delicate skin together with the fragrant pork filling as you deliver it into your mouth. Not forgetting the rich broth contained within, which is the crucial element that makes Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao so addictive.
Din Tai Fung – Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake 酥脆腐皮虾饼
Do you know that this Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake (S$9.30) is only available in Singapore? We were so surprised to learn about this after having this delightful dish so many times! If you haven’t tried this, please do try the pancake out the next time you visit Din Tai Fung. You can never go wrong with this one. The inner part of the pancake tastes pretty much like fish cake but with accompanied with some fresh prawn within. The pancake is covered with a thin, crispy layer of beancurd skin deep fried to perfection.
Din Tai Fung – Steamed Custard Buns 流沙包
Custard buns are nothing new in Chinese restaurants menu. But Din Tai Fung’s rendition still manages to stand out from all the others. We were caught completely by surprise by the amount of the beautiful golden lava bursting from the buns! The filling in the Steamed Custard Buns (S$5.80) has a well-balanced sweet and savoury flavour with a rich and smooth texture.
Appetisers and Vegetables
You may also want to have some appetizers and vegetables to go along with the main dishes. The Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing 小菜 (S$4.50) and Black Fungus with Ginger Strips & Vinegar Dressing 姜丝云耳 (S$5.50) are pretty light and refreshing. The Stir-fried Dou Miao 蒜炒豆苗 with Garlic (S$12.80) is also one of the most popular greens available at Din Tai Fung.
Din Tai Fung Lunar New Year Edition Goodies
Other than the festive special dishes mentioned above, here are other Lunar New Year Specials and Goodies available at Din Tai Fung:
Lunar New Year Edition Taiwan Pineapple Cakes 农历新年春節限量版台湾凤梨酥
S$23.80nett for a box of 10 pcs
Authentic Taiwanese popular snacks – Taiwan pineapple cakes are now available at several Din Tai Fung restaurants in Singapore. The freshly-baked pastries with fragrant and sweet fillings made of famous Songshan pineapples are specially air-flown from Taiwan. Good for gifting during Lunar New Year celebrations.
Available exclusively at Din Tai Fung BreadTalk IHQ, Tampines Mall, Paragon Shopping Centre, Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, nex, The Centrepoint, Jurong Point, Wisma Atria, and Northpoint City, while stocks last.
Din Tai Fung Fragrant Chilli Sauce 豐味香辣酱
The strongly flavoured sauce is made of Sichuan peppers, fragrant shallots and onions. If you are making hotpot for this year’s Lunar New Year reunion dinner, try using the fragrant chilli sauce as the soup base for the big feast!
Available exclusively at Paragon Shopping Centre, Tampines Mall, Resorts World Sentosa, nex, Jurong Point, Marina Bay Sands, BreadTalk IHQ, Junction 8, Suntec City, Waterway Point, City Square Mall, and The Centrepoint, all year round, while stocks last.
Blessings from the God of Fortune 财神爷
Here’s your chance to meet the auspicious God of Fortune during this festive season. Simply like Din Tai Fung’s Instagram and Facebook page @dintaifungSG to receive limited-edition goodies during the God of Fortune Meet & Greet session at selected Din Tai Fung restaurants!
Northpoint City: Saturday & Sunday, 20 & 21 January 2018
BreadTalk IHQ: Friday, 26 January 2018
Limited Edition Din Tai Fung Red Packets 限量版红包套
Starting from 23 January 2018, the complimentary limited edition Red Packets are available with a minimum spend of S$68 in any Din Tai Fung restaurant in Singapore, while stocks last!
Head down to Din Tai Fung for your Chinese New Year gatherings and enjoy their special dishes and promotions! You will be able to order your regular dishes as well. Please note that the Yam paste wrapped in Crispy Spring Roll, Deep Fried Handmade Tofu with Water Chestnuts & Mushrooms and Steamed Custard Buns are actually regular menu items available all year round exclusively at the flagship Paragon outlet only.