Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 22:00
Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00 - 22:00
This popular Taiwanese restaurant chain has brought its signature fare to Singapore and earned wide acclaim. Must-trys are the delicate steamed dumplings, braised beef noodles and traditional chicken soup. Although the restaurant gets busy, there's an efficient serving system that keeps diners moving through.
Under the guidance of a DTF regular we ordered steamed soup pork dumplings, which were brought to the table nestled in their bamboo steamers; engulfing the pork within these paper-thin parcels was a savoury stock, which made for messy eating but which flooded the mouth with the rich flavours of Sichuan pepper and fennel.
We followed with steamed pork and vegetable dumplings which were disappointingly heavy and bland, rescued only by the injection of flavour from the dip of ginger slivers with vinegar.
To counteract the excessive level of carbohydrates, we requested stir-fried spinach with garlic; the spinach had a refreshing bite after the soft and yielding dumplings, but the garlic was so overwhelming as to render social interaction impossible for the rest of the day.
Fried prawn and pork wantons with a viscous plum sauce were the real highlight; the exterior was perfectly crunchy and the interior lightly flavoured with fresh ginger which cut through the sweetness of the sauce.
I hope this was an isolated case. When we received our noodles there was a bug in it. I know there is no such thing as a 100% clean place/kitchen, but this was right on top staring at me as the bowl of noodles was served. This used to be my favorite DTF location and really like their soup dumplings but this bug just left totally killed my appetite. I paid and left without making a big fuss. There is no point. The staff there just all smile and repeat the 10words of English they know. Or at least do an awesome job at conveniently not speaking English when an foreigner walks in. I'll have to find another soup dumping joint.
Seriously, i do not understand what is all the hype about this place. Apart from xioalongbao which is maintaining industry standard, the rest of the dishes range from mediocre to bad. The prawn fried rice is just so-so. I see other tables with leftover of the fried rice too. The dandan noodles is really disappointing served with bland watery sesame sauce. I tried adding crushed chilli to spice up the noodles only to find out that the chilli has absolutely no taste and its not even spicy. I have better places to spend my money. This is the last time I step into this place