Eat Singapore Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

by Jan 31, 2019

Soup dumplings?

You don’t even need to ask! Lead the way!

Din Tai Fung tl;dr

  • XLB / Xiao Long Bao / Soup Dumplings
  • Don’t Forget the Spicy Wantons
  • Solid Restaurant Choice

A long time ago a cooking oil salesman moved to Taiwan ultimately resulting in making uniquely thinner skinned versions of this acclaimed Shanghai culinary staple. The rest, as they say, is Michelin Star history.

Actually there’s a lot more to it than that, but that is neither here nor there when it comes to eating soup dumpling. All you really need to know is:

  1. Tenderly pick up dumpling
  2. Lightly dip into vinegar, soy sauce, ginger (or whatever else your persuasion is)
  3. Place dumpling onto spoon
  4. Bite into the thin dumpling skin
  5. Blow on the scaldingly hot broth
  6. Slurp out the soup
  7. Consume and repeat!
Shrimp Dumpling Din Tai Fung SingaporeSteamed Shrimp Dumpling

Been One, Been to Them All

If you’ve ever been to a second Din Tai Fung, you’ll notice that you’ve probably looks a lot like the first one you’ve been to. I’ve been to one’s in California, Taipei, Hong Kong, and recently, in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and felt like I’ve seen each one before. I suppose there’s comfort in seeing and eating something familiar.

With that being said, everything did look familiar; from the general layout, the general decor, and the general feel. And who can forget the window into the kitchen, inviting you to watch their kitchen army carefully making, shaping, forming, folding each and every single xiao long bao soup dumpling.

Each ball is filled with a rich pork broth with a ball of pork encapsulated by a thin dough skin. Furthermore, if you ever get tired of that, they may have seasonal varieties filled with other fillings for your bored palate:

  • Crab Roe and Pork
  • Chicken and Pork
  • Truffle and Pork
Beef Bowl Din Tai Fung SingaporeNoodles and Pork Noodles
Spicy Wanton Din Tai Fung SingaporeSpicy Wantons

More Than Soup Dumplings

The last time I was in Taiwan, they had a soup dumpling soup dish that I had never seen at other branches. They have tons of other options that I have yet to try. Looking at their many paged menu, they have everything ranging from buns, soups, non soup dumplings, rices, desserts, noodles, noodles, and more noodles!

Of course they have a plethora of other culinary options to satisfy any hunger. I’m quite fond of their spicy wantons! I’ve never had them before and now is one of the many items of my list of things to try in new locations.

Other Singapore Soup Dumplings

By and large, Din Tai Fung is an amazing chain where you’ll find consistently tasty soup dumpling, among other things. With that being said, I admit that because I happen to live near a great local soup dumpling hawker, I find it harder and harder to justify getting into long line for the more expensive air conditioned restaurant. Though when faced with a group eating scenario, Din Tai Fung is the easy answer.

Of course there’s a time and place for everything and going to my hawker is a guilty pleasure of mine.

You're going to eat, you might as well eat something tasty.
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