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Din Tai Fung Gives Manpower Chief Lim Swee Say the Best Christmas Gift Ever

Renowned xiao long bao restaurant chain Din Tai Fung possibly takes its feedback very seriously – especially when it comes from Singapore ministers.

Two years after current Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say elaborated on how wonderful the restaurant’s’ toothpicks are that he can’t stop at one (when it comes to taking half a box and putting them in his pocket before leaving), it has now made those magic picks available for purchase.

And in an ode to Mr “cheaper, better and faster” Lim, the first 250 customers even get a free toothpick holder if they buy 2 packs of the wonder picks.

Mr Lim expressed his delight over the wonder picks during a meeting with reporters back in 2013, for which Amelia Tan from the Straits Times reports:

“When labour chief Lim Swee Say goes to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung, his eyes are peeled not so much on its dumplings and noodles, but on its toothpicks.

He likes them because they are well-designed and of good quality.

“Many restaurants give you toothpicks, but the toothpick is so big it can never go through, but this one is so fine that whatever is inside sure can come out,” he said on Monday.

In fact, he revealed with a laugh, the Din Tai Fung toothpicks are so good, he “can never resist” – he always takes half a box of them during each visit.

“They always serve in a pack,” he told reporters at BreadTalk Group’s new headquarters in Tai Seng. “And because I go there very early – 10.30 in the morning – always full right. And guess what? By the time I left, normally right, it’s half left. The other half is in my pocket.”

In fact, Mr Lim had a Din Tai Fung toothpick on him, and showed it to reporters.

The point he wanted to make? “Success never happens by chance,” he said.”

So yes, success happen by chance, and good things happen to those who wait.

East Coast grassroots members, you know what to do.

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