Din Tai Fung’s Art of Making Xiao Long Bao hands-on Workshop with The Lion Men

Screaming fans lined up outside the entrance of Suntec’s Din Tai Fung on 12 February 2014, anticipating the arrival of the lead actors, Wei Liang and Tosh from Jack Neo’s latest movie, The Lion Men, who arrived in a trishaw in style accompanied by the vibrancy of a lion dance performance.

Recently awarded as Most Influential Brand (Restaurant Category) voted by Generation Y (age 18 to 28), household brand Din Tai Fung is proud to be a title sponsor of The Lion Men.

Fans and several members of the media partook in the Xiao Long Bao culinary workshop, which started with a demonstration, followed by a hands-on session, and ends with a sumptuous Lo Hei High Tea session.

The Art of Making Xiao Long Bao is no small feat. Each Din Tai Fung Xiao Long Bao undergoes 6 precise preparatory stages, weighing 20.8 to 21.2 grams each, and pleated with a minimum of 18 folds.

Here’s my first attempt! Managed to get 18 folds albeit falling short on technique and visual appeal. Chefs at Din Tai Fung have gone through several years of training to perfect their skills!

Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing

The Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing is my newfound favourite! It is a chilled starter comprising julienne seaweed, beansprouts, spicy bean curd and rice vermicelli tossed in a light, tangy, sesame-oil fragrant dressing. I’ve never ordered it despite being a regular patron at Din Tai Fung, as I see no appeal in salads. This dish has totally won me over. It will subsequently be added to my must-order list every time I visit!

Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic

Another starter worth ordering would be the Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic, featuring thinly sliced pork rolled together with cucumber and drizzled with a fragrant crushed garlic sauce.

For more information, visit http://dintaifung.com.sg/.