People have raved about the amazing xiaolongbao, custard buns (or their ‘golden lava’ buns), and mango pancakes at Din Tai Fung. Today, N and I happened to be around the area before lunch hour, so avoided the absolutely crazy lunch hour queues. We were actually walking around trying to find a place with pretty cakes, but failing. We settled on Din Tai Fung for morning tea/breakfast as a break from our quest. We both had high expectations.
The golden lava buns were different from the custard buns that I’m used to — soft bun, gooey innards — so I was quite surprised by a stiff bun and runny custard.
Are they something to rave about? Probably not. I probably wouldn’t buy them again, but I wouldn’t say no every time I’m offered one.
Then there were the drinks! Peach sunrise (left) was an intensely (but pleasantly) peachy blended ice. Lychee and mint (right) was probably the most unpalatable drink I have ever had: it tasted potently green, which overwhelmed any hint of lychee. N loved it though. What’s more interesting is that the picture on the top of the cups resembles a lady when viewed right side up, and a baby when viewed up side down. I wonder if that was intentional?
Din Tai Fung is located at Westfield Sydney, Level 5 Shop 504/5, 188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.