MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Review - Din Tai Fung Central Park

This week Ryan Kennedy checked out the latest outpost of a Sydney dumpling legend...

The signature item at Din Tai Fung is Xiao Long Bao ($10.80), the semi-legendary pork soup dumplings that have carried this restaurant across continents. Let me confirm that this reputation is not unwarranted.

These are seriously good dumplings; but be warned: the unctuous soup is delicious, but perilously hot.

Similarly delightful is the Braised Beef Noodle Soup ($16.80) with its dark and well-flavoured broth and falling-apart tender beef.

The roasted chilli warmth of Shrimp and Pork Wontons with Tangy Sauce ($10.80) had me scraping around for leftover morsels. In fact, all the classic dishes seem to hit the mark.

By contrast, the seven different flavoured Dumpling Gems ($15.80) are fun to try, but include cheese, Bolognese, and golden corn—all of which I could definitely have gone without.

The perfect foil to the salt, umami and spice of the dumplings is the sweet and fresh Lychee Mint Freeze ($8.80), or the mild but firm-set Mango Pudding ($6.80).

However the Choice of Mini Buns ($6) featuring taro, black sesame, and red bean, are the best way to experience a trio of traditional Chinese dessert flavours.

My take: stick to the classics and you won’t be disappointed, but be sure to let those legendary pork soup dumplings cool a little bit first.

Din Tai Fung Central Park
Central Park, Level 2, R201 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Ph: (02) 8072 9427

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Tags: food
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