Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar [鼎泰豐] (Sydney, NSW)

Din Tai Fung, possibly the best dumpling restaurant in Taiwan, is quite the popular place for tourists and locals alike.  This is a must-eat for me whenever I visit Taiwan, so needless to say, I was pumped to find out that there are a couple of Din Tai Fungs in Sydney!  I decided I would have some of my favorite dumplings for lunch on my second day of my Sydney excursion.  I went to the one in the Westfield mall, so their selection was slightly smaller than their restaurants, but nevertheless, I ordered everything. =)

We had the steamed pork dumpling, braised beef noodle soup, steamed pork buns, and the steamed mini dessert buns in red bean, black sesame, and taro.  This place normally makes a mean steamed pork dumpling, but this food court version was just okay for what I expect from them. [From what I've seen, their quality control is pretty incredible]
Steamed Pork Dumpling
 The noodles in this braised beef noodle soup were not as "Q" (aka bouncy, for lack of a better word), than the ones that I get in Taiwan, but it was not bad, and the first I've had here in Australia.
Braised Beef Noodle Soup
Pork buns aren't usually my favorite, and I don't usually go for them and don't have a point of comparison, but they are definitely better than any place that I've tried around Brisbane.
Steamed Pork Bun
Finally, we had dessert!  I was going for the dumpling desserts, which have the same filling as these, but with the limited food court selection, they didn't have what I wanted.  Instead, we had the mini bun version, which was good, but definitely falls below my expectations.  The filling didn't taste the same as it does in Taiwan [which is to be expected], and I wouldn't really recommend them.  I may go for the black sesame mini bun again though...
Steamed mini buns (Clockwise: Red Bean, Black Sesame, and Taro)
Even though this Din Tai Fung doesn't so its name justice, I would recommend this if you're craving Chinese/Taiwanese food in Sydney!
P.S.- make sure you bring cash!

Price: 15-20 AUD pp | $-$$
Rating: 3.5/5 (would be 4, but it's super expensive)

Level 5, Westfield
Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
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