One restaurant, Din Tai Fung, is a huge dim-sum restaurant originally from Taiwan, holds several branches around the world and its Hong Kong branches were awarded one Michelin star.
There is nothing to hate about this place. Renowned for its delicious xiao long boa’s with with a thin and delicate smooth skin housing succulent, juicy, tasty soupy dumplings you definitely cannot ask for anything more satisfying to shovel into your mouth.
One of their signature displays that you will find at all Ding Tai Fung branches is the large window at the front of the restaurant where you can peer through to see the dumpling chefs at work, making various dumplings throughout the day.
There are some items on the menu with local flavours that are dictated by a Thai flag next to the dishes on the menu.
Lemongrass Juice, with an ice-ball of lemongrass juice is only available in Thailand and is such nice refreshing drink with a good level of lemongrass flavour not only that but the string stick is lemongrass too.
Xiao long Boa is what put Ding Tai Fung on the map. Thin, delicate, soft, juicy succulent little morsels that is heaven in your mouth. There are no other words to describe these dumplings.
These are made fresh throughout the day. You can actually see the chefs making these in the kitchen through a large glass window that is usually located at the front of the restaurant at every Ding Tai Fung Restaurant that you visit.
Dan Dan Noodles w Mince Pork Sauce & Bean Sauce was different and you can only get this in Thailand. The noodles were cooked perfectly. The flavours of the preserved beans, soy beans and mince pork sauce provided the dish with a nice aromatic flavour. Portion size was about right, as I did not want anymore that could tip me overboard to being bloated.
Slice Duck in Crispy Spring Onion Pastry – Not usually a fan of ordering deep fried spring rolls. But I thought I would give it a try seen you apparently could only get this in Thailand.
Sometimes when you order spring rolls they tend to be fairly oily and generally filled with more vegetables than meat. These were the opposite with a good amount of smoked duck slices in a crispy spring roll casing.
Ding Tai Fung never fails to impress me, and is a fairly reliable restaurant for dumplings. Offering a good range of food, which is both fast, moderately priced and in a clean environment. If you had one of their signature xiao long boa’s, I do not think your local dim sum restaurant would be as good as you remembered it to be.
Location: Level 7, 99/9 Rama 1 Rd, Central World, Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand