Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung

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Celebrating Thanksging at Din Tai Fung

On Dec 8, Din Tai Fung will open its 119th branch and it is in the Philippines at SM Mega Fashion Hall. Their latest openings were in Dubai and London. This space looks small but it’s actually a 600 sq meter dining area with 200 seats + 150 sq meter basement for the 150 staff where they will have their own cafeteria, their rest area and where they reportedly get massages just like in Taipei. Din Tai Fung is 57 years old with Mr. Yang or Mr. Happy OC :-)  (because he is very OC with every single detail ) as second generation . He is very particular about cleanliness and how every detail should be! Hoping to meet this guy soon!!Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (2)

We passed through the entrance on the other hallway and were surprised to see that the place was not yet finished and we were having dinner in a construction site!Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (3)

 Congratulations to the Moment Group!! Abba Napa, the restauranteur whose family opened L’Opera 24 years ago, Jon Syjuco who brought in the successful brand Havaianas and Eli Antonino the hospitality expert who worked for several years in Four Seasons New York. 3 friends that got together 3 years ago. Admiring how friends can work together successfully and admire how far they have gone with yet their biggest venture! More power!!Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (7)

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 Candlelight dinner and this is how we celebrated Thanksgiving in Din Tai Fung ManilaCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (5)

They even brought the bar tender from the Bank Bar ( also owned by the Moment Group )Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (6)

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Degustation Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (9)

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This is my most favorite Din Tai Fung meal in my entire life! Construction site, candlelight, parade of servers, Degustation, Jan the restaurant manager explaining each dish and serving each dish
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 Eli Antonino one of the owners of the Moment Group is the Din Tai Fung expert because she lived in Taipei for 6 months to train!

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She knows how to make XLB ( xiao long bao) ! So if you need to know anything about DTF ask Eli! Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (19)Pork Xiao Long BaoCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (18)
 Eli showing a photo of the crab roe for the crab xiao long baoCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (21) You can make around 10 crab XLB with one crab – make sure there’s a crab shaped figure on your order Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (20)

 

Chicken Xiao Long Bao :-)Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (22)

My most favourite is the Black Truffle Xiao Long Bao :-)  This will be sold by the pieceCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (23)

 Enjoyed spending thanksgiving with the Moment Group at Din Tai Fung.   Chicken wings in shrimp paste ( yummy!) as our turkey for the evening.

Thankful that one of our favorite restaurants in the world is now coming to the PhilippinesCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (24)

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Their chef from 8 Cuts Burger will now be the chef in Din Tai FungCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (27)

 There are several dishes that is tailored for the Philippines like sweet and sour pork, Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (28)salted egg prawnCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (29)

 Black pepper beefCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (30)

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 chocolate lava XLB  Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (34)and Foie gras chicken XLB which has 5 grams of foie! Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (32)Pairing until the end!!  Big block of ice

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 It’s not unusual that it’s the Filipinos – a lady at that – that shine in International markets. And Lisa is another one that proves this. It’s because of her that there are women in the work force in DTF.   She is the XLB queen and can make 1,268 xiao long baos in a day!  Lisa DIn Tai Fung Philippines Xiao Long Ba QueenCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (38)

4 Chefs from Din Tai Fung Taipei plus 40 more will be here for the openingCelebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (41)

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  At Din Tai Fung  it’s “HAPPY OC” – it’s about people that pay attention to all the details. That is Mr. Yang’s philosophy. At the same time he takes care of the people – so being OC means being HAPPY OC :-)  at DTF – Happy vibes before the opening on Dec 8.Celebrating Thanksgiving at Din Tai Fung (42)

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