Taiwan(2) — Taipei @Din Tai Fung Dumpling Restaurant (A)

 Din Tai Fung Dumpling Restaurant

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Restaurant was ranked as one of the world’s top 10 restaurants in 1993 by The New York Times. It has gained reputation internationally because of its juicy pork dumplings (Xiao Long Bao). And according to the survey done by Taiwan Ministy of Economic Affairs, the Xiao Long Bao in this restaurant is the top 4 favorite foods for western people.Din Tai Fung was founded by Yang Bingyi from Shanxi more than 50 years ago as a cooking oil retailer. Due to a fierce competition in that sector, it switched to trade in Xiao Long Bao in the 1980s. In 1996, Japanese Din Tai Fung Restaurant was opened in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Xiao Long Bao immediately turned into a great mass fervor. As a result, “Din Tai Fung” became a code word of “Xiao Long Bao.” In addition, outside Taiwan, Din Tai Fung Restaurant distributes throughout the world, such as in mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. Although Din Tai Fung distributed in different countries, numerous Chinese and Japanese would still go to the Taipei’s Din Tai Fung when they visit Taiwan. Japanese visitors have nearly engaged above 1/3 of customers of Din Tai Fung restaurant. A lot of international super stars, governors, etc, go to this restaurant as well. Therefore, in order to serve the unceasing customers and to reduce the waiting time, there are already 3 Din Tai Fung restaurants in Taipei. Besides, every waiter is using wireless microphone, thus to save the customers’ time and mistakes. The most important, of course, is each store remains the high quality of foods. This working process became one of the characteristics of Yong Kang Street as well. 

 Xiao Long Bao — There are 3 flavors of Xiao Long Bao, the only different is only the fillings insides. All 3 varieties contained beautifully thin skins and juicy fillings. My favorite is the crab meat xiao long bao which stuffed with plenty of crab. This xiao long bao is simply and fantastic, you are able to taste the crab and pork. The skins are nearly semi-transparent, and with the juicy inside, it is extremely delicious. You can totally understand why the xiao long bao in this restaurant got a lot of awards. Naturally the Xiao Long Bao is served with the traditional vinegar and ginger dipping sauce.

 Beef noodle — My favorite all-time favorite! I’ve eaten beef noodle soups from countless restaurants and the beef noodle in Din Tai Fung is one of my favorites which I have to order every time. Their beef noodle soup is very unique, unlike every other beef noodle soup out there. The taste of the beef soup is really natural, which is strong and salty. The noodles are firm to the bite as well.  Chicken noodle soup:  It’s pretty good, but not as good as their beef noodle. However, if you want to try some clear soup base, this is a good one.

 Fried pork chop – Thin and not chewy, served pepper after fried the pork chop is really good.

 Pork moon cake — The outside is crunchy and crispy, and with the pork inside, it is pretty good.

 Ba Bao Fan(eight treasures rice): A rice dessert dish mix with read bean, slides of  papaya, longan, slides of winer melon, lotus seeds, glutinous rice, etc.  A lot of people said that Ba Bao Fan is a really healthy food since it contains various fruits in it.

My Rating:

Addresses: 

1) No.194, Sec. 2, Sinyi Rd. (Yong Kang Street in), Da-an District, Taipei City10651, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel: (02) 2321-8928

Service Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 (Mon-Fri); 09:00 – 21:00 (Sat and holiday)

2) No. 218, Sec. 4, Jhongsiao E. Rd. (Turn in No. 216), Da-an District, Taipei City 10692, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel: (02) 2721-7890

Service Hours: 10:30-14:00; 16:00-22:00 (Mon-Fri); 10:00-22:00 (Sat and holiday)

3) No. 300, Sec.3, Jhongsiao E. Rd. (SOGO Mall B2), Da-an District, Taipeit City 10654, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel: (02) 8772-0528

Service Hours: 10:00-21:30 (Sun-Thur); 10:00-22:00 (Fri-Sat, days before holiday)

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