Din Tai Fung is a popular dumpling franchise from Taiwan whose popularity has spread to Australia. In Sydney, Din Tai Fung has several branches in the city alone. I first tried Din Tai Fung at the Star's branch several years ago and enjoyed their dumplings and spicy noodles. My friend suggested that we have dinner at the World Square branch one evening as a cheap meal.
Din Tai Fung at World Square is relatively easy to find, situated on the upper level where there are also some other restaurants and a bar as well. I met A outside Din Tai Fung on a very windy evening and we rushed inside for warmth. It was quite early for dinner when we arrived, around 6pm so I was surprised by the full tables and the line that was already there. One of the staff asked us how many were in our party and when we replied that there were two of us, the host said that the waiting time would be a few minutes. Although we had to share a table with others, we were seated shortly after that.
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World Square's Din Tai Fung is much larger than its counterparts at The Star and Sydney Westfield. Those two branches are more similar to food court style eateries, while Din Tai Fung at World Square resembles a restaurant. It is quite large in size, and has full table service. The ambience is styled in that of a traditional Chinese restaurant, with colour themes of red and gold throughout the restaurant.
Din Tai Fung's menu proudly proclaims that their dumplings are 'the world's best dumplings,' but that is something we would have to see. Judging from the full tables, they are definitely popular. A and I decided to order 6 pieces of Crab Meat and Roe with Pork Xiao Long Bao ($17.80) along with the Dumpling Gems ($15.80) and the Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wonton with Dry Noodle ($13.80).
The Dumpling Gems were the first dish to be brought to our table. These were a limited edition menu item and the brightly coloured dumplings certainly caught my eye. The menu stated that they were made with natural colouring and flavours. My first thought was that the exterior of the dumpling gems was a little dry. As I picked them up with my chopsticks, they stuck, and while I didn't have a problem with the taste, A said that these dumplings had a strange smell compared to our other ones, and decided not to eat any more after she'd had a few.
Spicy Pork and Shrimp Wonton with Dry Noodle
Where: World Square
Why: Dumplings and Taiwanese food
Cost: Under $20 for dumplings and under $15 for noodle dishes
Good for kids: No
Take away: No
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