(Dragon Boat Festival 2014) Rice Dumplings from Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung successfully prevails as one of Singapore’s top dining establishments and household name since its introduction. The quality of food remains consistent, as outlets continue sprouting across the island. This Dragon Boat Festival, Din Tai Fung makes for a safe choice to turn to for high quality yet affordable rice dumplings that are bound to gratify.

Din Tai Fung completes the celebration with two flavours – the sweet Red Bean Rice Dumpling and the savoury Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork – that are both equally enticing.

Each dumpling is punctiliously measured in weight and length to exact precision to ensure consistency in taste and presentation. These pillow-shaped dumplings are wrapped around with a string in 8 loops to ensure that an even amount of pressure is applied all round.

Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork ($6 per piece)

Top grade Taiwan glutinous rice is lightly flavoured with premium soya sauce and carefully marinated by hand. The reason why manual labour is chosen over machines is to avoid damaging the rice grains.

Each piece of succulent pork belly is sliced and marinated in 15 types of spices and condiments for 8 hours, ensuring each piece of meat is well infused with robust flavour.

The rice is exceedingly tasty, with a delightfully soft and slightly chewy texture.

Red Bean Rice Dumpling ($5 per piece)

Available all year round, the Red Bean Rice Dumplings are specially imported from Din Tai Fung Taiwan, handmade using top grade Taiwan glutinous rice and liberally stuffed with red bean paste. The ratio of rice to red bean paste is probably 1:10 –this is how generous they are with the filling!

Unlike the Red Bean Dumpling, the Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork is available at all Din Tai Fung restaurants for a limited time only, from 1 May to 2 June 2014.

From 1 May to 30 June, diners can enjoy a complimentary piece of Red Bean Rice Dumpling with a minimum spend of $90 at Din Tai Fung while OCBC Cardmembers only need a minimum spend of $80.

For the list of Din Tai Fung outlets, visit: http://dintaifung.com.sg/locate-us.php