Usher in the Year of the Ram with Din Tai Fung’s festive offerings and popular favorites! From now until 5th March, the prominent Taiwanese chain presents special creations to delight your palate.
Lo Hei! The only legitimate time to play with your food! Celebrate abundance with DTF’s classic Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng, consisting of sweet Tian Jin roasted chestnuts, fresh slivers of jellyfish, twirls of crispy yam, fresh pomelo pulp and white radish. The dish is topped with Norwegian smoked salmon and drizzled with homemade plum sauce for a refreshing touch. Diners can also top up their Yu Sheng with Australian abalone ($13.80), Fried salmon skin ($4.80), Sliced smoked salmon ($9.80), Crispy yam strips ($3.80) and Pine nuts ($2.80).
The Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng comes in 2 sizes- standard ($32.80) for 3 to 4 pax and deluxe ($48.80) for 4 to 6 pax, and is available for both dine-in and takeaway. Citibank card holders can enjoy a 15% discount, excluding top-up ingredients.
A perennially popular starter, the Oriental Salad in Vinegar Dressing ($4) did a good job of whetting our appetites. The addictive appetizer is a mix of julienne seaweed, bean sprouts, chilli, bean curd strips and rice vermicelli, tossed in an uplifting, tangy dressing. Traditionalist will be fond of the clean-tasting Red Dates with Glutinous Rice ($4.80). Although I’m not a fan of red dates, I thoroughly enjoyed the texture of the sticky and chewy glutinous rice.
This is what I adore-fried food! Tender, savory meat folded in a crispy envelope, the Sliced Duck in Crispy Spring Onion Pastry ($7.30) is hard to resist!
DTF’s Steamed Truffle Xiao Long Bao ($4.50/pc, $22.50/5 pcs, $45/10pcs), is impossible not to love! Encase in each intricate 18-fold dumpling, are decadent truffles, pork and a slurp of umami broth.
Taiwan Shrimp and Pork Oriental Wantons with Spicy Sauce made its presence known with its robust Mala flavour. What’s remarkable is how the Mala and heat complements, rather than overshadow, the fresh crunchy shrimp and juicy pork. This new item will be launched on 1st March.
Another rave-worthy item is the newly unveiled Pan-fried Shrimp and Pork Gyoza ($8)- tender, juicy meat encased in pastry which is crispy on one side and lusciously smooth on the other. These enticing gyozas are only available at Paragon, Resort World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands.
I’m sure most are no stranger to DTF’s signature Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake ($9.30). Fried to an attractive glistening gold, the succulent prawn pancake is a dish I never fail to order.
Stir-fried Dou Miao with Shrimps ($15) is a deceptively humble dish made with only premium young shoots. Each batch of vegetables is carefully selected to so that the shoots are similar in length and quality.
We rounded off the meal with 3 elegant sweets. Exclusively for dine-in customers only, the Peanut and Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls boasts a soft yet buoyant bite. Served in peanut soup, the pink balls ooze a rich blend of ground black sesame, while the white balls are filled with fragrant ground peanut and sesame seeds. This dessert is complimentary with a minimum spend of $90 ($80 for Citibank card holders).
Evoking a sense of nostalgia, the Steam Chinese Layered Cakes ($3.50/2 pcs) brings comfort with its pillowy texture.
Bite into these Fragrant Peanut Dumplings ($7.60/6pcs) and revel in its intense nutty flavour. The glutinous dessert balls are meticulously hand-rolled to ensure each dumpling is of the same size, then sprinkled with fresh coconut shavings to finish.
To accompany the yummy food, why not try one of these 2 new drinks? Nutritious and great for the complexion, the Coral Seaweed with Barley ($3.80) not only plumps up the skin’s collagen, but also reduced heatiness. For something refreshingly quenching, I recommend the zesty Iced Sour Plum with Kumquat Juice ($4.80). Both beverages are available at Paragon and Beadtalk IHQ for a limited time only.
For those who love to munch, do check out DTF’s festive Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes. Air-flown from Taiwan, the freshly-baked treats are stuffed with Songshan pineapples, well-known for their rich aroma and low acidity. Free from preservatives and trans-fat, it’s the perfect guilt-free snack or gift for loved ones. The Pineapple Cakes are available at all outlets and are priced at $7.50 of 3-piece box and $23.80 for 10-piece box.
Many thanks to Rachel and Din Tai Fung for the invite.