Located inside of the Marina Bay Sands is The Shoppes shopping mall. Mostly filled with luxury shops such as Gucci, Prada, and Versace, the mall also has some high-end restaurants as well. Located on the bottom floor of that mall is Din Tai Fung’s, a Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in steamed dumplings.
When I approached the restaurant entrance, I noticed a window in the front that viewed into the main kitchen where some restaurant workers were making dumplings by hand. You gotta respect the craftsmanship behind a chefs dedication to make everything by hand.
Inside, I was seated quite quickly which was a very good thing because about 10 minutes later the restaurant was completely packed with a massive line out the door. Talk about good timing!
So I have to admit something… As much as I am an avid lover of Asian cuisine, I have never tried dumplings before. Yeah, I know, what the hell. Haha, don’t know how that happened. But was really eager to give them a try now that the opportunity was in front of me.
I wanted to try a few things besides dumplings so I ordered the chef recommended “Special Braised Beef Noodle soup with Beef Broth”, and lemme tell you, it did not disappoint. The beef was so tender that it fell apart when I grabbed them with my chop sticks. With the perfect combination of noodles and broth, this soup hit the spot.
Right after came the moment I was waiting for, my first crack at dumplings. On the menu, they offered so many different variety of dumpling stuffing such as crab, shrimp, pork, and chicken. Since I do have a shellfish allergy, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with the “Chicken Steamed Dumpling”. With a little bit of soy sauce to dip them in, they were SO GOOD. Who knew that noodle dough wrapped around some meat stuffing would taste fantastic? I still can’t believe that this was my first time eating them. I will now have to see if I can find a good restaurant that makes them back home!