Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
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- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9
Ding Tai Fung is very popular in Taiwan, they even have many branches in Malaysia. Their top selling food is 'bao' , but you can taste other food like noodle, dumpling and etc. The food is delicous and tasty.Recommended for:
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies
My coworker and I came early to camp their opening time so we wouldn't have to wait too long. This is the original location, so we wanted to try it at least once!
They have an adorable xia long bao mascot statue in the front :)
We ordered XLB, Shrimp and Pork Dumplings, Pork Buns, and side dishes like bean sprouts and cucumbers. It was fun watching the windowed kitchen make the dumplings but I only thought the food wasn't any more special than the Arcadia DTF. Which I guess that's good right??
But I'm also not a HUGE XLB fan, so that could be why I'm only OK on it ;D
I was more in love with the pickled cucumbers than anything else. Scratched this off my TW list!Recommended for:
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10
Favourite dumpling place! The original Din Tai Fung outlet is a must visit in Taipei. Delicious food, good service and reasonable price. It can be quite a wait at dinner time, just take a number and stroll around the area.Recommended for:
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3
This is where it all started. The original Din Tai Fung sits in the middle of Xinyi district. There 3 small floors, and there is usually a wait, though we were lucky it wasn't long. Everything was delicious although I wasn't as impressed with the hot and sour soup, but then again my expectations were very high. They also have a new branch near Taipei 101 that is worth checking out.
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
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:
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesHistory Buffs
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+ 6
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 Travelers
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+ 5
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 Review
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.
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
It is quite a popular stop for tourists and locals! Be prepared to have a bit of a wait, 15-20min, but you are provided with a menu to check what you want to order ahead of time. Once seated service is excellent, food is delicious, and the wait for your food (since you already ordered ahead of time) is quick!
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
Still has the best xiao long bao dumplings in my book. A good tip: if you get there by 11:30AM, it's not hard to get a table. The wait is usually at peak peak hours (12-1PM)
Totally worth it...I've been back a number of times, and still insist on coming here every time I come back to Taipei.
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
Don't be mistaken, yes the XLB and crab and loofah XLB are delicious. However DTF has a "secret" menu of sorts and on certain times of the day (11AM on Saturdays?) they offer a particularly delicate and smaller version of XLB. There are no pleats, but the skin is so delicate that it is translucent and you can see the pink pork just underneath. I swear they must be made with toddler hands. I've consulted with several folks, but it appears that the only difference in name from the regular XLB is the emphasis on the soup XLtB if you will. Now if only I could order the "tang" bao on a consistent basis.
Update: so of course writing the review rekindled my obsession with these things...and I just so happened to run into a picture with the answer. Apparently DTF has recently added picture menus...and the "secret" bao is not so secret anymore. However, it is only available on the weekends and only between the hours of 10AM-11:30AM subject to availability. Sure that seems kind of redic, but trust me it's worth it!
- Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
If this is your first visit to Taipei ever, make a special trip here just to experience the original Taipei location of Din Tai Fung, just so you can see how different it is at the Arcadia and Bellevue locations. It is amazing how this business originally was selling cooking and salad type oils, and then upon a friend's insistence lead to the owner changing direction to do Zhejiang/Shanghainese and years later a major Taiwanese label and global brand name. 18 pleats per XLB with an exact ratio of meat to skin (each XLB is weighed to make sure it is made to standard), and a meticulous receipe for the XLB soup juice (皮凍). However this place is flooded with tourists from Hong Kong these days, and locals tend to steer clear, unless they have vistors coming from out of town. There are lots of other decent easts on Yong Kang street, so don't miss out on those too.