LLG Travels & Eats: Din Tai Fung at Raffles City, Singapore

by Sasha Wilkins on May 28, 2012 · 8 comments

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(Steamed mushroom vegetarian bun)

During LVMH South Asia Group President Ravi Thakran’s most interesting talk on the rise of Asian luxury and commodities at Asia Fashion Summit, he happened to mention his favourite dumpling restaurant in Singapore, Din Tai Fung.

It was the end of a long two days, where I had been crippled by jetlag and not nearly enough sleep, but the mention of a good cheap place that a group president of LVMH cited as an example of Asian excellence?

Lead me to it IMMEDIATELY.

Sorry Ravi: I fear I may not have paid *quite* enough attention to the rest of your talk, as I was already Googling on my HTC One, discovering first that there were twelve branches in the city, including a branch at MBS (Marina Bay Sands) two stops on the MRT. Then I hit paydirt: there was a branch in my very hotel. Well, not the hotel exactly, but in the basement of the Raffles City shopping center, which is not just the home of the conference hall of the same name where I was sitting at that very moment but also conveniently attached to my hotel (the Swissotel Stamford), and actually accessible from the elevator on my bedroom floor.

As soon as Ravi stopped speaking at 5pm, I was out that conference hall like a rat out a trap and trotting down the escalator to dumpling heaven.

I had wandered (lonely as an unwanted dumpling) around the food court the night before but had ruled out Din Tai Fung as it was at the end of a long corner & looked a bit scarily expensive and Chinese. (Very trad Chinese restaurants not so good for vegetarians, with their emphasis on bodily parts I don’t wish to acknowledge).

More fool me. This time I was in like Flynn, and sat down, with the Mulberry & Bottega gently nestled in their very own handbag sling next to my table. (Oh Singapore, you are so very, very civilised.)

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I have eyes way, way larger than my stomach: I’m intensely curious (about non bodily part) menus and always want to order everything that sounds good. I restrained myself – sort of, and ended up with two mushroom buns, six dumplings and a plate of oddly delicious & spongy marinated kao fu – a Shanghainese  dish of wheat gluten, deep-fried and then braised, served with mushrooms and soya nuts. (Big thanks to Emily who corrected my initial assumption that it was tofu.)

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Of course I was stuffed after the tofu, one bun and a couple of dumplings. I tried to (wo)manfully battled through the dumplings, but ended up taking all the leftovers to go; they made a very acceptable breakfast at 1430 the next day when I overslept and missed both breakfast and lunch.

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(Steamed mushroom vegetarian dumplings)

Raffles City Branch,
252 North Bridge Road #B1-08/09/10 Raffles City Shopping Centre Singapore 17910mplings)
www.dintaifung.com

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Em May 28, 2012 at 09:16

Your marinated tofu is my favourite traditional Shanghainese dish, kao fu – it’s not actually tofu at all but wheat gluten, deep-fried and then braised. Mmm…

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Sophia May 28, 2012 at 10:01

Their branch in Hong Kong is one of my favourite restaurants! lucky lucky you. X

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Suzanna May 28, 2012 at 10:08

I want all of this for breakfast, right now! Since I live in a part of the world where there is no good Chinese food whatsoever, these pictures have made me drool unbecomingly.

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Penny Dreadful Vintage May 28, 2012 at 12:15

*drooooooling*

Penny Dreadful Vintage

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Sarah May 28, 2012 at 20:04

Love this restaurant. I went to the Shanghai branch- their xiao long bao dumplings have got to be second to none.

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Mel May 29, 2012 at 03:47

What a fab & very handy idea. All restaurants around the world should offer a “singapore sling” at the table….the food sounds delicious too.

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Anna May 29, 2012 at 22:39

Regularly haunt their Hong Kong branch – second the xiao long bao comment!

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Ingrid November 16, 2012 at 21:53

I love din tai fung! They have a branch 5 minutes away from my house (:
but just to let you know, they have the handbag slings in all the branches, not just Singapore

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