May 31st, 2013, 04:54 AM
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@Shanghainese: sorry to have missed you! I hope we can meet up while you're still here.
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Jun 1st, 2013, 04:35 AM
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So how was the GTG...we want details.
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Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:22 PM
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When DH and I got to Din Tai Fung at 5:45 pm, the Smith family was already there. 3 years ago when the Smiths arrived in Shanghai as teachers at my alma malta the Shanghai American School, their first meal was at Din Tai Fung, they suggested to meet there for their last restaurant meal in Shanghai before moving to Bankok for their next assignment, summer vacation will be spent in Africa and Europe.

The restaurant gave us an excellent table on an elevated platform facing the Bund. As nigh fell, the drizzle turned into rain, and the scenery was gorgeous with the sckyscrapers all lit up and the riverboats decorated with multi-colored lights. We greeted each other warmly and all started to talk at once. Cookie has grown not only physically but is now worldly as ever, joined in comfortably the 3-way conversation with his dad and my DH.

Som and I started turning the multi-paged english/chinese menu with photos. Din Tai Fung is a wildly successful Taiwan-owned chain with branches worldwise, the US one is in LA. We had a cold kaofu cold appetizer, more than one serving of regular pork xiao long bao and crab meat XLB, steam crescent-moon shaped dumplings filled with prawns, Zha Jian noodles (southern style sauce is lighter than northern style), wontons in spicy red sauce, fried pork chops and hot/sour soup. Som had freshed pressed watermelon juice and I had iron-benevolent-buddha tea, they guys had soft drinks. It wasn't bargain price but we had marvelous-tasting food with good service. One note is the receipt had a 10% service fee auto-added to it, and the server insisted Coke and I fill out surveys.

The Smiths will post a couple of photos. We wish them all the best at home in Thailand and look forward to more GTGs. Sophie and I are hoping to GTG next week.
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 06:38 AM
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sounds like fun...
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 06:59 AM
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Sounds like you all had a great time. Thanks for the report.

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