This busy outlet in the sprawling Pavilion is one of 4 Din Tai Fung branches in Kuala Lumpur. I'd been to DTF the world over, including the original one in Taipei, but was loathe to try the ones in KL, for fear that the standards there may not live up to my expectations in this mainly Muslim city, where many restaurants are halal, or else pork-free.
Anyway, my quick lunch here today showed that the DTF chain maintained an acceptable standard here in KL (though nowhere near the quality one gets in Singapore or even Bangkok)
- Century egg with pickled ginger: the best I'd had in KL. I'll return here just for this cold appetiser.
- Double-boiled chicken with ginger: didn't like the stringy, chewy texture of the free-range chicken used. Soup was okay.
- Xiao long bao: the skin was thicker than at DTF outlets outside Malaysia which I'd tried. The top parts of the dumplings were overly thick. The pork-meat and broth filling also lacked the rich flavours I loved in XLB.
- Steamed layer cake: pretty tasteless. I'd not order this again.
Overall, okay place to come if you're *really* hankering for Shanghainese/Taiwanese lamian and XLB, but those cuisines are not the forte in this city.
Din Tai Fung
Lot 6.01.05,Level 6
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2148 8292