Din Tai Fung, a branch of its parent restaurant in Taiwan (which earned a Michelin star), was located in the food court of The Star. Since we were there, we thought we'd try some of their famous Xiao Long Bao. The way they recommend eating the Xiao Long Bao was slightly different; they suggest dipping the dumpling in the soy/vinegar (1:3 ratio) and ginger, creating a hole in the side of dumpling so the soup spills out into the spoon (rather than sucking up the soup), then eating...

While wandering around The Star we happened to come across Messina, which mum said was famous for its gelato. After tasting numerous samples mum settled on Italian Nougat. Her second choice would have been pear and rhubarb. There were a lot of nuts in the scoop, both almonds and hazelnuts (and the almonds were humongous). [gallery order="DESC" columns="2" ids="2865,2864,2863"] Gelato Messina Cafe Court, Level G, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont, NSW, 2009 (02) 8354 1223 http://www.gelatomessina.com/ ...

The shopfront of Adriano Zumbo's Patisserie was so eye-catching that we missed the much more subtle and inconspicuous entrance for Momofuku Seiobo, which was just across the walkway. We bought 5 macarons for $2.5 each - 2x blackened vanilla, salted buttered popcorn, salted butter caramel, and annunziata chocolate (dark chocolate). The shopgirl said passionfruit was one of his best, but they weren't making them at the moment. We also bought a few pastries, which surprisingly weren't that expensive compared to others. Later we saw Adriano come in to the shop...