Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 in Markham

We wrapped up Chopstick Walk 2015 with Shanghai-style dim sum at Ding Tai Fung on Highway 7. Located in the massive First Markham Place this restaurant is popular for its xiaolongbao (steamed buns prepared in bamboo steaming baskets.) The chefs make everything fresh to order. It’s very cool to watch them do their dim sum thing behind a glass wall.

The Shanghai wontons in spicy sauce was our fave dish. The spicy beef tenderloin was also a stand-out selection.

The Shanghai-style minced pork buns are pan-fried with sesame seeds, giving what can be a blank doughy dish a lovely little punch of flavour. The pork and shrimp dumplings were also filling and tasty. Shanghai dumplings differ from Cantonese ones in that they are bigger and soupier.

Ding Tai Fung is a very popular spot in a very busy mall so leave lots of time for parking. 3235 Hwy 7 #18B, Markham, Ontario. Closes at 10 pm. 905-943-988.

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