K’s restaurant of choice for dinner was Din Tai Fung situated in World Square, we legged it there from Darling Harbour, got our number and marked our menu sheet; waited outside for about half an hour before a table was available and our number called. “Number 8?!” “HERE!!”
Dumpling chefs hard at work
Vegetable dumplings, $8.80; soup pork dumplings (xiao long bao), $8.80
The vegetable dumplings were a major disappointment, the stuffing itself left a strange aftertaste, the skin was on the thick and rubbery side. FAIL. The pork dumplings didn’t fair that well either.
Tofu with pork floss and century egg; vegetarian salad.
The tofu was refreshing and the pork floss and century egg provided a much needed contrast in texture with the soft slipper tofu.
Vegetarian salad had a nice mix texture in the shredded vegetables, some were soft, some were chewy and crunchy.
Dan Dan noodles (noodles with sesame and peanut sauce) and drunken chicken, $8.80.
The noodles were kinda clumped and stuck together and just thrown into into a bowl of sesame and peanut sauce. The sauce was rather overpowering and overwhelming but did provide a kick to the dish.
The chicken dish is a cold dish; the meat was very moist, the alcohol taste was evident but the serving size was ridiculous small, even if it is an entree.
Overall, the bill was rather hefty for the both of us, I reckon I could get better food for a fraction of the price elsewhere. Like a friend said, this place is very upmarket and all we’re really paying for is the service. Although the service is quick and efficient, it lacks human interaction and the wait staff don’t seem very personable with their walkie talkies and earphones in.
Din Tai Fung
653 George Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
P 02 9264 6010