It was our second time to eat at Din Tai Fung Manila. But unlike our first trip there, this was totally unplanned. We literally just got lost in EDSA one afternoon: we were simply (yet again) having trouble deciding where to go or what to do that day. Then indecisiveness and a faulty Waze connection lead us to SM Megamall, so we immediately thought of eating some Xiao Long Baos at Din Tai Fung.
Din Tai Fung is a well-known Michelin-starred restaurant originating from Taiwan. They are popular for their delectable Xia Long Baos. These amazing soup dumplings of DTF made their way to the Philippines just last year. We were really looking forward to the Xiao Long Baos, but little did we know that we would actually find something else that we’d go crazy for from this place: their crispy beef strips!!
Here’s what we ordered:
- Din Tai Fung House Special
- Crispy Beef Strips
- Pork Xiao Long Bao with Roasted Garlic
- Fried Rice with Sweet Garlic and Scallions
- Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao
Scroll down to see what we have to say about each of these dishes
Din Tai Fung House Special – Php 155
Neil’s Rating: 6/10
Gia’s Rating: 7/10
Neil: Well, this dish was interesting. It was a cold appetizer composed of seaweeds, tofu, glass noodles, and togue. It was our first time to try this kind of seaweed dish and I must say, I’m not a fan. Don’t get me wrong though, the taste was just fine. I particularly like the tofu. I’m just not into togue and seaweeds. This kind of food is simply not for everyone.
Gia: I decided to try this appetizer out since I’m a huge fan of seaweed – particularly the ones used in sushi (Nori). However, as it turns out, this was made up of a different kind of seaweed. It was an interesting dish, I must say, but I wasn’t a big fan of it as well. It tasted too much like the ocean (haha), and I literally got reminded of the time when we went swimming in a beach full of seaweeds. That’s how it felt like eating it. It actually tasted nice the first few bites, but then as I ate it more of it, I got reminded more and more of the seaweeds from the beach, and the idea just wasn’t appetizing for me.