I have been in Singapore for almost a year now and I have tried a lot of themed cafes. Last weekend I decided to try authentic Chinese food. It took some guts as traditional Chinese food is bold meat and the cooking process is entirely the opposite to traditional Indian food. But, I am open to trying new cuisines and where is the fun in living in a foreign land and not attempting new things at all, right?
On the plus side, I had a local friend to guide me through the menu. We went to this famous franchise restaurant called Din Tai Fung at The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands and I let her order for me.
We ordered Drunken Chicken, Prawn Pancake, Chicken Soup, Steamed Pork Dumplings, Pork Beans Noodle and Coke.
Drunken Chicken is a traditional appetizer of the Shanghai Cuisine. It is basically a dish of chicken, soaked in Shaoxing wine – one of the most popular varieties of huangjiu, or traditional Chinese wines, fermented from rice. It is eaten at refrigerated or normal room temperature.
This is an unorthodox dish and a little bold for us Indians as the chicken is practically almost raw. I liked the flavor that the wine brought in the meat but could not finish the appetizer.
Din Tai Fung’s Prawn Pancake is a signature dish and I loved it! Fresh prawn deep fried and cooked with tapioca flour and a dash of garlic salt, egg white and beancurd sheet – this dish is like heaven in your mouth! You have to try this, and at Din Tai Fung, if you are in Singapore.
Steamed Chicken Soup was yet another highlight from my first trip to the Shanghai Food World. This scrumptious soup is carefully simmered to perfection, over the span of six hours and tastes like an angel’s tears of joy!
For main course, our primary item was Noodle with Minced Pork in Bean Sauce. I liked the flavor of Bean Sauce but somehow the pork did not do much for me. It was okay but not a winner for my pallet. I tried eating the noodle with chopsticks but that needs a lot of practice so I requested for a fork!
Steamed Pork Dumplings or xiao long baos are another signature dish at Din Tai Fung. They contain minced pork wrapped in a delicate dough skin, which is then pleated, twisted at the top and steamed. This delectable rendition consists of juicy meat filling wrapped in a melt-in-your-mouth skin with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds. It can be a little tricky to eat but tastes really good, so is worth all the work!
have you tried the Shanghai Cuisine? If yes, what’s your favorite dish? Comment below!