I recently tried Din Tai Fung at Bonifacio High Street with my lunch buddies, Mitch and Sheen. I’m really amazed at how much BGC has changed. I left BGC towards the latter part of 2015 and came back early this year. New restaurants have sprouted like mushrooms in a span of two years! It takes a lot of willpower for a foodie like me to resist all the temptations on a daily basis! Hahaha!
Anyway, my teammates and I go on a lunch date at least once a week. Thursday is usually our “lunch out” day. I had been meaning to try out Din Tai Fung ever since I read a lot of online raves after it started its operations here in the Philippines.
We arrived at the restaurant a little before 11:30 AM, and we were fortunate to score a table right away. One staff member immediately handed us the menu. It was my first time to eat at Din Tai Fung so I entrusted the task of choosing what to order to Sheen and Mitch.
The common denominator in all of the blogs that I’ve read regarding Din Tai Fung is probably Xiao Long Bao. It’s as if Din Tai Fung is synonymous to Xiao Long Bao so it’s only fitting for this dimsum to jump start our meal.
One of the servers approached our table and handed us a “manual” that shows the “proper way to eat” their Xiao Long Bao. The server also taught us the correct proportion in making the sauce. Kinabahan ako, guys. Akala ko may practical exam after ng lesson ni Ate! Hahaha! But seriously, Din Tai Fung probably just wants their diners to get the most out of their Xiao Long Bao experience.
I enjoyed it even without the sauce. If there is one tip I could give you, it is to consume it while it’s still hot. You probably know the typical Filipino trait when it comes to food. There is always that one piece that gets left out on the plate. Nagkahiyaan pa kami sa 1 piraso. Ayun, hindi na masyadong masarap kasi hindi na mainit. Inuna kasi ang arte! :p
We also got to try their Pork Chop Fried Rice. The meat is so, so, so tender! The cut is thin enough for the flavors to get through the meat. I initially thought that it was quite salty, but it somehow complemented the subtlety of the fried rice.
Thinking that an order of fried rice would not be enough to feed three hungry girls, we decided to get some fried noodles. I have to apologize to this dish. It didn’t appeal to my senses the moment it was served to us. Walang dating. Parang si Boyet lang dati nung first day of school namin nung college. Hahaha! But it proved me wrong!
There is something I don’t quite understand. I’m not sure why everybody kept on talking about the Xiao Long Bao of Din Tai Fung. I know that it’s delicious. But you, people, should realize that the Salted Egg Yolk Prawns is probably the most underrated dish from their menu!
I know that anything with salted egg is heavenly, but this one is… uhmmmm… watdaheckkkkkkk?! I can’t even describe how sinfully delicious this dish is! How I wish I could eat this every day without fearing for my cholesterol to shoot up and kill me! Hahahaha! Seriously! Stop reading my blog, and go get this! :p
In our lame attempt to balance out the guilt of eating Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, we added some greens to our lunch. I didn’t contest when the girls suggested that we get the Stir-Fried Chinese Kangkong.
I loved that the kangkong is still crunchy. I was telling the girls that it was the kind of stir-fried kangkong that I like. I was trying to decipher how the chef made it because I really want to recreate it at home. I was asking the girls what made the dish so tasty. Did they use a special soup? Was it the garlic? Promise, muntanga ako habang kumakain! Tapos, hindi na ako pinapansin ng mga kasama ko! Sabi siguro nila, “Je, pwede bang kumain ka na lang?!” Hahahaha!
Apart from the good food and excellent service, I also enjoyed looking at how they make Xiao Long Bao. I forgot to take a photo of it. They actually provide a platform so kids can enjoy the experience. Okay, fine! I needed to step on the platform to see what was going on! :p
Din Tai Fung
Bonifacio High Street Central,
Bonifacio Global City,
* All photos were taken with an Asus Zenfone Selfie