Rush over here for the best golden lava bun outside of Asia (please let me know if I'm wrong!) Sweet, salty, egg and custard combination bursting out of a fluffy, light, steamed bun; you'll want more than one of these drool worthy divine sweet treats! I had to start with this as this was really the only reason I wanted to come here.
Din Tai Fung is located on level 4 of Emporium; it took us a while to find it, but ask for directions, as everyone seems to know this popular place! Be prepared to wait in queue, but thankfully, it moves quickly.
The menu offers a range of options including soups, rice dishes, noodle combinations, and of course, steamed dumplings and buns! Unfortunately, very limited choice for those who are gluten free or vegan. Recommended to go in a group to sample everything.
Din Tai Fung prawn spring roll #BED
Din Tai Fung calamari #BED
We started with seafood spring rolls and grilled calamari, both entrée orders, but plenty enough to fill two people. For mains, the speciality Taiwanese deboned fried pork chop served alongside a bowl of dry noodles. All very greasy and good for a fast, cheap, and filling meal; perhaps best to stick to the dumplings for what this place is famed for.
Din Tai Fung fried pork with dry noodles #BED
Din Tai Fung panda bun #BED
For desserts, the special "panda" chocolate steamed bun looked too cute to eat but did not live up to the standard of the golden lava bun - too much bun, and not enough liquid chocolate. The mango pudding on the other hand, was refreshing and light, ending the meal pleasantly.
Din Tai Fung mango pudding #BED
Located in Emporium Melbourne, this is a convenient place for a family meal after shopping. Ignore the poor service and noisy crowds, joy in the handbag basket provided as well as the abundance of food at agreeable prices!