Mate : ” Hey mate, wanna catch up for dinner at this really good Northern Chinese place in Ashfield ? I’ve been going to them for years in the Dixon St food court but they recently opened up a shop in Ashfield” Me : ” Damn another dumplings place in Ashfield ?? Yeah sounds awesome […]
One of my first tastes of Xiao Long Bao was at a Yum Cha restaurant in the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen, China and then followed by a few in Shanghai. After the experience of slurping away at the concentrated soup then eating the pork mince encassed in a translucent flour skin I was amazed at how such a simple piece of food could pack so much flavour. Ever since the unveilling of Din Tai Fung (DTF) in Sydney, it appears that most people, fazed and intrigued by the Taipei restaurant chain that popularised Xiao Long Bao has flocked to it. However, what most people don’t realise is that, long before the new kids on the block dominated the scene, Ashfield was destination of choice, notably dumplings and Xiao Long Bao.
Din Tai Fung has been the talk of the town not only among Sydney food bloggers, but also people in the CBD in general. When someone mentions dumplings, they are bound to mention yum cha … or Din Tai Fung. Din Tai Fung has finally made its presence felt in Australia by opening one of their flagship stores in Sydney. It is a Taiwanese based global franchise with a firm presence and stranglehold on the Asian market …
Our expectations were set very high when a work colleague of mine recommended this place for some hot pot on an unusually cold Sydney winter’s day. You could imagine our reactions as we approached the safe haven of rain shelter to find this restaurant empty, not a soul in sight … not even a waiter.
Word on the street is that Ashfield knows a thing or two about making dumplings. I’ve been to Beijing and Shanghai and I must say, their dumplings lived up to expectations. However, apart from the freshness, I’d dare say we in Sydney are fortunate to have dumplings which taste just as good. Perhaps the wonderful […]