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precision dumplings

From the Din Tai Fung website: – every dumpling pastry is delicately hand made to measure between precisely 4.8 and 5.2 grams at conception, with an exact 6cm diameter, before being stuffed to weigh between 20.6 and 21.4 grams. All this and the promise that the food can be made fresh in front of your eyes, steamed in exactly three minutes and on your table in seconds. Such scientific precision and quality control is what makes Din Tai Fung stand out from the rest.

I wouldn’t normally queue for food (in fact I loathe the tossy no-booking policy), but I was so mesmerised by this kitchen packed with dumpling scientists creating their tasty little masterpieces that I didn’t even mind waiting outside in the freezing cold for an hour to be seated. Nothing like a dumpling (or 6) to warm the cockles of the soul on a Wintry night.

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