“Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked”
Din Tai Fung (DTF) has been on The Dear Luncher’s to-do list for quite some time now. An opportunity arose recently to catch up with an old friend and given our respective workplaces – geographically it made sense to finally strike DTF off the list. Your Dear Luncher was immediately struck with how vast and expansive the premises were. Moreover, everything looked extremely tidy.
A few sips of a Tsingtao later and we were primed and ready to order.
The first cabs off the rank were the spicy shrimp and pork wontons. Bathed in a delicious spicy and aromatic broth, these cretins were smashed rapidly. Gorgeous.
The signature pork Xiao Long Bao’s were the next to make their way into the Dear Luncher’s gob. Whilst The Dear Luncher has some experience in gobbling these morsels it was great to see instructions on how to eat them placed neatly on our table for the novice. These were quite simply the best damn XLB’s Your Dear Luncher has had the pleasure of devouring.
Up next were the pork buns, crispy fried chicken with chilli served with a side of water spinach with garlic. The pork buns were simply scrumptious. Again, the best The Dear Luncher has ever managed to consume in his time on this planet. The water spinach accompanied everything rather nicely and eliminated approximately 0.2% of The Dear Luncher’s gluttony guilt.
At first glance the crispy fried chicken did not look too appealing. The casing looked dishevelled and ugly, a bit like The Dear Luncher’s nose. However, upon entry to the primary facial orifice Your Dear Luncher was struck down by how soft and tender these bad boys were. The only thing that was lacking, was some kind of dipping sauce for them. Something with a little more KICK. Perhaps an Asian-style mayonnaise of some kind.
Stunning presentation and ambience, high quality service and faultless food. The Melbourne Emporium really is blessed having DTF and New Shanghai one level down.
Location: Melbourne Emporium, Level 4, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9654 1876
Cuisine: Taiwanese, Dumplings