Dumplings Galore at Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum

Located at 3255 Highway 7 East, Unit 18B (First Markham Place) in Markham

I went to Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum this past weekend for a dumplings and dim sum feast.  For those of you that are wondering, this Ding Tai Fung restaurant does not belong to the world-renown Din Tai Fung restaurant (notice the subtle missing “g” in the first word?).  This restaurant that we chose to dine at resembles the popular restaurant very closely in that it also serves dumplings and xiao long baos, however it is not the ‘real deal’.  You know that a restaurant is award-winning and famous when there are others trying to copy you!  In any case, we were up for a morning of feasting over soup dumplings and other varieties of dim sum at this apparent wannabe restaurant, so get ready for a blog post filled with lots of food pictures!

Just one of the pictures of our food-filled table!

We arrived at 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning and were a party of 8.  Since we called in ahead of time to reserve a table early, we were placed in a private room; the “executive suite” at the back of the restaurant.  This allowed us a lot of privacy to eat and chat but it also was a little hard to get the servers’ attention when it came to ordering.

We chose what we wanted to order on the order sheet and then submitted it.  Adam did a great job at selecting various distinct and popular dishes.  The food arrived relatively quickly and we were able to enjoy all the different dishes with some hot tea.  For some of us, this meal contained some classic favourites (xiao long baos, green onion cakes) but for some of us, the meal was a brand new cuisine.

Beef tripe in chili sauce

The first to arrive was the tripe (cow’s stomach) in chili sauce.  I really liked this dish!  The tripe was perfectly soft and tender.  It was covered with the chili sauce that was spicy.  It was a great first dish.

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Dumplings in chili oil

I loved these soup wontons!  These were also smothered in some soy sauce and spicy sauce, but I loved how soupy and delicious they were.  It was a great idea to order two bowls of these. 😀

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Shanghai Rice Cakes (stir fry with pork and veggies)

The Shanghai Rice Cakes came next.  These are rice cakes that are stir fried with pork and veggies.  I’m frequently not a big fan of this dish as I’ve had it several times before.  For me, I only like the dish if the rice cakes are properly made and cooked.  By that, I mean the rice cakes should be chewy and soft enough.  There have been times where I’ve eaten at restaurants that make the rice cakes very bland and hard.  With that said, these are also best eaten hot.. as once cooled, the rice cakes turn hard.

Right after this, the onslaught of dumplings and baos arrived on the table.  We ordered several types of each dumpling in general.  All of them were quite delicious and surprisingly reminiscent of the ones that I had at the real Din Tai Fung in Taiwan and Shanghai.  The world-renown restaurant consistently serves dumplings/xiao long baos with the thinnest dumpling skin with the hot soup contained in the dumpling.  It is not an easy feat to do!  Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum was able to replicate this really hard to do skill!  Props to them.

Dumplings with dry scallop filling (steamed)
Dumplings with crab roe filling (steamed)

Mini dumplings with pork filling (steamed)

Fried pork dumplings (pot stickers)

Dumplings with vegetable and dumplings with pork (steamed)

Shanghaiese style fried bun (pork filling)

Green onion pancakes

We also ordered the green onion pancakes.  These were surprisingly crunchy and well fried.  There was a distinct green onion flavour too. : )

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Black sesame dumplings

All in all, we had a terrific time and the owner of the restaurant was kind enough to serve us free dessert afterwards too!  We were pleasantly surprised to receive two baskets of black sesame dumplings as the dessert.  They were SO good!  I’ve only had red bean dumplings before as dessert when I was in Shanghai last summer at Din Tai Fung, but these black sesame ones are even better tasting!  I highly recommend them. 🙂

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6 Responses to Dumplings Galore at Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum

  1. WOW!!!! Can we go to this place before the makeup party on Sunday??? or anywhere at all that you’d recommend!!! I love dimsum but never had a chance to try so many different dishes. I stick with Cha Siu Bao and Fung Zauu every time I go 😛 I was drooling, especially at the dumplings in chili oil… 😛

    • stenoodie says:

      Hehehe, my goal is accomplished then. I always like to make people drool at my food pictures. 😛 Yeah! Let’s go to eat somewhere before the make-up party on Sunday!! I’m so up for it! We can go somewhere near Orator’s place maybe so that it’s more convenient? 😀 😀 I’ll message you on whatsapp in a bit. 🙂

  2. Damn straight the beef tripe was a “great first dish”! I chose that one btw :P. Looking forward to more reviews!

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