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On a rainy, cold evening last week on our way to the Gourmet Traveller Institute with Mark Best, we stopped off at Din Tai Fung for a quick bite to eat. We wanted just a few light things, not to fill us, to allow for potential taste-testing later.

Din Tai Fung was perfect for that.

It was funny watching the staff with their protective gear 🙂 I don’t know why the need for the face masks. It seems that protocol is a priority. Our table was less than 3 feet from the counter, but it was still necessary for the staff to put the drinks on a tray and then turn around and take the drinks off the tray and put them on our table.

Now, for the dumplings. This is where that attention to detail shines, with 18 folds at the top of each dumpling. We ordered by ticking a list of items on the menu, then they went away and made what we ordered, fresh to order. First, the xiao long bao, the steam pork dumpling with the hot soup inside which spills out as you bite into it.

Then the vegie dumplings:

Then the crab xiao long bao, similar to the first one, except with crab as well as pork inside:

On the top right here are the shrimp and pork shao mai. They look spectacular, looking like a fountain with some shrimp sitting on top. Very tasty.

And then we had to have some of the good-sized steamed buns. On the left vegie bun with green vegies, and on the right the pork bun. The pork was not the cha siu bao pork found typically at yum cha, but a more plain pork mixture.

The atmosphere was warm, the food excellent. I look forward to getting back again to try more dishes, especially the dumplings. Perfect for a winter’s night.

Details

Here are the details about Din Tai Fung at time of posting. Please check their web site for more current details.

Web site http://www.dintaifungaustralia.com.au/
Address World Square, 644 George St, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Phone (02) 9264 6010
Open Lunch
Mon-Fri: 11:30-2:30
Sat-Sun: 11:00-3:00
Dinner
Mon-Wed: 5:30-9:00
Thur-Sat: 5:00-9:30
Sun: 5:00-9:00
Menu Chinese: dumplings and more ($10-20 per serve)
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Where do you like to go for dumplings?

A friend who lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW told me about the Bowral Farmers’ Market some time ago. This weekend I finally time my visit down to the Southern Highlands to get along to the Market.

It was a cold day, 5°C (41°F) when I arrived, only getting up to 11°C (51°F) for a brief time. A gorgeous day, with the autumn leaves glowing in the sunlight.

One of the stalls was selling herb and vegie seedlings and small plants. There was a good range, and it was all of superb quality, better than I usually see in nurseries.

This stall had the freshest, wide range of produce, which quickly sold out:

Another stall just specialized in potatoes:

Chocolate Brownie Biscotti

Luscious, fresh produce

Several stalls sold organic, healthy breads


The 1910 Bottling Company were there selling their organic preserves in Ball Mason jars, including pears, beetroot, apricots, pineapple and a tomato sauce.

Strawberry cream, and pistachio macarons

Many varieties of pumpkins

One thing I wish I had photographed (to show you) was a curry, with chickpeas and a potato rissole. That was like a good home-made, real curry. I’d want to try some of the other curries at that stall next time.

Everything about the Bowral Market was enjoyable. Excellent quality produce. Not too crowded to enjoy wandering around the stalls, and in a picturesque setting. I’ll be baaaaack.

Exotic Mushroom Risotto

I found this amazing pack of mushrooms (from Li-Sun Exotic Mushrooms):

Included in there are enoki, shiitaki, brown, woodear, chestnut, shimejii, king brown and oyster mushrooms. I just had to buy a pack to try out in risotto! Here’s how it turned out:

It looks far less exotic once the mushrooms are sliced for cooking, but it still added interesting colours and shapes to the risotto. Each mushroom tasted slightly different, with different textures, but still very much tasting like… mushroom. 🙂 They did make the risotto look less bland than mushroom risotto usually does.

Details

What Fresh vegies and fruit, and breads, all mainly organic. Herb and plant seedlings and small plants. Also flowers, honey, teas, and a variety of general produce stalls. And, an assortment of other stalls, such as sheepskin products, furniture, antique jewellery, and so on. And some hot food for eating right away!
When The second Saturday of every month, from 8am to 1pm.
Where  Bowral Primary School, Corner of Bendooley St and Boolwey St, Bowral, NSW

 


How would you have cooked that collection of mushrooms?