A group of my university friends and I went out to eat dinner at Ding Tai Fung last month. My colleague had repeatedly told me to go to this restaurant and I had a craving for Shanghainese cuisine. While finding parking at First Markham Place can be tough, it wasn’t too bad since we were meeting up at 8pm on a Wednesday night. The decor at the place is quite modern and the service was quite prompt. My friends basically let me order. This has only happened once to me before (please refer to my earlier post about One 2 Snacks). We had the xiao long bao ($5.99), wor tip ($5.99), spicy wontons ($5.99), steamed rice and meat Chinese dumpling ($5.99), stewed beef in pancake ($5.99), fried baguette ($3.25) and souffle balls stuffed with red bean paste ($6.99).
The xiao long bao was delicious. The soup was good, the skin was thin and soft and the meat was juicy.
The wor tip was delectable. It was fried perfectly, not too crunchy but not for looks. It’s the northern style kind so the skin is thicker than the southern style kind. The meat was juicy and the soup in it was good.
The spicy wontons were enjoyable. It wasn’t as spicy as I would prefer it to be however the skin was very thin and the meat was juicy. The meat to dough ratio was heavily skewed towards the meat which is basically how I prefer my wontons.
The steamed rice and meat chinese dumpling was interesting. It’s glutinous rice and meat siu mai. A friend of mine found it dry. I found that it goes well with vinegar.
The stewed beef in pancake was good. It’s green onions and beef rolled in a pancake. I think the ones at Asian Legend are better.
The fried baguette was nice. The crust is crunchy while the inside is soft and chewy and you dip it in condensed milk. My friends who are girls enjoyed this dish more than my guy friends.
The souffle balls stuffed with red bean paste was scrumptious. My friends found it too sweet while I found it alright. There’s the option of having sesame paste rather than red bean paste but a friend of mine prefers red bean over sesame.
Overall, my friends found the place alright. They thought the food was ok for the price. For the most part, this place adheres to the adage “you get what you pay for”.