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User Reviews (32 Reviews)
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Nov 06, 2013
I was fortunate enough to work down the street from this world-renowned dumpling house in Taipei one summer, and fortunate enough to be soon moving near one of the only Din Tai Fung in the U.S. Or maybe I just plan my life around dumplings. Either way, there is no going back after eating here. Din Tai Fung specializes in soup dumplings, piping hot and packed with flavor. There is always a mess of people at the door, but through the shouting, waving of hands, and sharp elbow jabs lives a big enough restaurant to accommodate you in under 20 minutes. The red bean paste buns are to die for, but really, try anything and everything and you'll leave on a cloud.Recommended for:Foodies
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Nov 06, 2013
World famous for good reason - the XLB here is the gold standard. What really impressed me, though, was their fried rice, which blew me away with its perfect texture and taste. The sweet baos were out of this world as well, with its delightfully chewy thin skin and generously stuffed with sweet red bean paste. Next time I might even skip the XLB...
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 06, 2013
Although famous for their steamed pork dumplings (xiao long bao), I was a little disappointed at the lack of flavor and explosive juices at this Din Tai Fung. Perhaps the abundance of xiao long bao shops in Los Angeles spoiled me some. However, I was very surprised at how delicious Din Tai Fung’s fried rice was. Definitely a must try! I would also highly recommend the red bean bao (it looks just like the xiao long bao) and the black sesame steamed buns (a larger white bun). These two dessert dishes along with the fried rice were the highlights of the meal. We arrived a little before 12PM and waited about half an hour to get a table here. However, when we left around 1:30PM, the line was even longer! So, get there early to avoid having to stand around for a while.
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersNov 06, 2013
Truffle pork xiao long bao -- OMG. The original Din Tai Fung in Taipei, this multi-story institution of dumplings does not disappoint!! You may be seated on any of the 4 floors of this narrow, tall building where service is speedy and attentive. We arrived around 11:30 and were seated within 10 minutes (they were kind enough to squeeze us in ahead of the tour bus that just arrived). I would skip the wontons, I thought they were only OK. Obviously the xiao long bao are a must. One of the most expensive items is the truffle & pork xiao long bao (about $15 for 5 of them) but they are delicious and rich. They come with very specific instructions too: before you eat one, take a sip of tea, do NOT dip in the vinegar dipping sauce and then eat with a completely clean palette. Amazing. I could only eat 1 or 2 max if you asked me, though. They are extremely rich! I also love their regular xiao long bao!
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Nov 06, 2013
Totally worth the 45 minute wait for delicious xiao long bao dumplings and spicy beef noodle soup. The variety of XLBs and noodles will send you straight to nom heaven. A MUST dining destination when visiting Taipei!
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)First to ReviewNov 06, 2013
Awesome!! Can't go wrong with the joint! It's off da hook. The food is tasty, served hot, & relatively quick. The wait in line is longer in the Arcadia, CA location, but if you need a pair of shoes (size 10.5 US or smaller) while you wait for a table there's a decent shoe store next door. If you get winded from climbing stairs then call in the favor from your buddies...oh & bring your best Mandarin speaking "guide" with you otherwise you'll get lost getting there not to mention everywhere else in Taipei.