Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Clinton Palanca just visited the new Din Tai Fung Xiaolongbao Bar and has this to say: “A bamboo steamer of xiaolongbao might contain 10 pieces of the dumplings, but the 10th is going to taste like the first. This consistency, after all, is part of DTF’s appeal.”
They say simplicity is key, and at Din Tai Fung, our xiaolongbao has been called the best in the world, and has managed to catch the attention of people all over the globe for good reason. The Din Tai Fung xiaolongbao is so well-loved, that we’ve put together the first Xiaolongbao Bar in the Philippines! An all-day dining space that will be dishing out the famed dumplings from morning till night. We’re also happy to have finally found the perfect space for the Xiaolongbao Bar right in Makati, at the new wing of the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell.
Din Tai Fung’s study of the xiaolongbao is bar none. The secret to it is the careful balance between dough, broth, and filling. Handmade daily, each piece is sealed with 18 to 21 folds to ensure the right bounce and bite. Each dumpling is dipped into a perfect ratio of vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger slivers, a combination that best highlights every bite. The xiaolongbao is laid on a soup spoon, before a small hole is poked into it for the sumptuous broth to flow out. The delicate yet tasty soup is consumed before adding a slice of ginger, and eating the dumpling whole.
Putting this tasty morsel front and center, the Din Tai Fung Xiaolongbao Bar runs a long all-day dumpling list with some exclusively prepared for this place alone. Joining the Din Tai Fung staple dumplings are xiaolongbaos filled with likes of Chili Crab & Shrimp, Pork & Kimchi, and Uni & Pork. Specials found here alone include the Truffle Mushroom Fried Rice, and Dry Noodles with Braised Beef, which can be enjoyed between sips of Black Milk and Jasmine Rose Milk Teas. Stuffed buns are also in attendance, through fillings that include Braised Beef, Chicken Mushroom, and Chili Crab with Pork.
The Din Tai Fung Xiaolongbao Bar is outfitted as a breezy café, with art installations as well as original in-house fixtures, adorning the walls of the space. Guests may notice a take-out window to one side, where ALL dishes at the bar can be ordered and picked up to-go. A balance of stately and playful, the place will have curious eyes wandering just enough, until baskets upon baskets of xiaolongbao fill the table.
Art and food collide in Din Tai Fung’s second branch
Hailed as “The World’s Greatest Dumplings” by Forbes, and a basket of “small miracles” by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, the world-famous soup dumplings of Din Tai Fung have finally made their way to the bustling district of Bonifacio Global City.
On its opening day, the store awarded the first person in line, Lorenzo Villanueva, with P12,000 worth of gift certificates for waiting in line for over 28 hours. And for the entire opening week, 50 free baskets of Xiao Long Bao were given away. Inside the 200-seater restaurant, there was more in store for diners who braved the lines on opening day. In addition to the six kinds of Xiao Long Bao available at the first Megamall shop (pork, crab roe and pork, chicken, green squash and shrimp, truffle and pork, and foie gras and chicken), the newest flavor debuting at Din Tai Fung BGC is the Pork and Roasted Garlic Xiao Long Bao. Also new on the menu are Philippine exclusive featured dishes that now come in portions good for 1-2 people or for groups of 3-4: Salted Egg Yolk Squid, Hot Garlic Spareribs, Sweet and Sour Prawns, Steamed Fish in Superior Soy Sauce, Shredded Pork Fried Rice.
Fitting for a business and lifestyle district like Bonifacio Global City, the new location’s space was designed to keep diners coming back. Interiors are decked by unique and local art pieces. Visual artist, Mars Bugaoan, has created a suspended installation of heated plastic, which resembles a chandelier that casts shadows on the wall—an effect of light hitting the art work. In the main dining area, diners are met by a wall-mounted triptych on which Bugaoan makes use of heated plastic, defined by arresting colors of red, black, and purple. On the opposite end is digital mixed media artist, Reese Lansangan’s chronicles of Din Tai Fung’s roots through digital print collage on canvas.
Moment Group is responsible for bringing Din Tai Fung to Philippine shores. The restaurant group is known for cutting-edge restaurant concepts 8Cuts Burgers, Manam Comfort Filipino, Phat Pho Manila, Linguini Fini Manila, Ooma, Mecha Uma, and Bank Bar. Fast and friendly customer service plus a commitment to the decades-old Xiao Long Bao recipe is key for TMG founding members Eliza Antonino, Abba Napa, and Jon Syjuco, who acquired the franchise in 2014.
Din Tai Fung Philippines sets up shop in BGC. Come check out the second installment of everyone’s favorite Xiao Long Bao
Din Tai Fung to open a second branch in BGC soon
“The flavor just bursts in your mouth with each bite that you can’t help but shovel them in one after the other.”