To ring in the year of the tiger, dumpling master Din Tai Fung created cute chocolate and biscoff tiger buns, continuing its annual tradition of welcoming the Lunar New Year with an adorable addition to its menu (see also: ox buns from 2021 and pig bao from 2019). But creative dishes aren’t just a once-a-year thing here. Now that Easter is almost upon us, the chain is serving up something else to tempt your tastebuds: hot cross bao.
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like — and the bao is only available for a limited time. On the outside, each one looks like a hot cross bun, but they’re made with fluffy steamed bread. And, you won’t find any raisins or sultanas inside — instead, they’re filled with gooey molten Nutella.
The hot cross bao are available at all Din Tai Fung restaurants and food court outlets in Sydney, so you’ll want to hit up its World Square, Westfield Chatswood, Westfield Miranda, Westfield Sydney, Broadway Shopping Centre, Gateway Sydney, The Star, Greenwood Plaza and MLC Centre venues. In Melbourne, you have one spot to head to, with the bao on offer at Emporium Melbourne.
If you’d rather have them brought to your door, they’re also available for delivery in frozen form. If you’re keen to stock your freezer and enjoy them once Easter passes, that’s an option as well.
The only problem we can foresee with this Easter hybrid dish? Wanting to devour as many as possible. They’ll cost you $6.80 for two in-store, and $10 for a three-pack of frozen dumplings.
Hot cross bun bao are available for $6.80 for two at all Din Tai Fung stores. They’re also available for delivery, for $10 — plus a $10–20 delivery fee.
Published on March 31, 2022 by Concrete Playground