DT Alert: Hello Dumpling.

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Last year on this trip, I got the chance to go to one of the most famous Dumpling restaurants in the world, Din Tai Fung.  Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specialising in xiaolongbao (small steamed buns). Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has its restaurant chains in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, Canada, and Thailand.

A few weeks ago, the Mr’s. Sister and Brother in Law were in town for their Birthdays.  Being that they run a pretty ridiculous restaurant in Oakland {and the spot we’re headed to for NYE}, they are legit foodies and I wasn’t surprised when they picked Din Tai Fung for the celebration.

I RSVP’d yes for us before I even read the entire invite.  {Over-eager? Yes, totally}

From the Westside of LA, getting to Arcadia is quite a feat.  In all honestly, considering LA traffic, flying to China may have been the shorter route, but nothing a few soup dumplings couldn’t make up for instantly.

Everything at Din Tai Fung is made on site.  When you walk in, you can see them at work crafting their amazing dumplings through a glass window.

We left the foodies to Dominate the Menu.

one.of.each.please

and wound up with a table filled with the most delightful food. Dare I say it was AS GOOD as my experience in Beijing?

Din Tai Fung does not take reservations so when a party of 10 arrives at 8pm (they close at 10p on weeknights), we had to make a few menu sacrifices due to the fact that they were already out for the night.  But our menu was still pretty strong:

  • Noodles with Sesame Sauce
  • Pork Fried Noodles
  • Vegetable and Pork Wonton Soup
  • Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables (Bok Choy, Spinach and Green Beans)
  • Juicy Pork Dumplings
  • Juicy Crab and Pork Dumplings
  • Fish Dumplings
  • Chicken Dumplings
  • Rice and Pork Shiaomai
  • Shrimp and Pork Shiaomai

And for Happy Birthday Dessert:

  • Red Bean Rice Cake
  • Sesame Buns

A few pictures of the Deliciousness:

Soup Dumplings

Pork Dumplings

Pork and Rice Shiaomai

Sesame Noodles

Green Beans

Spicy Pork Noodles

Really you should go. In fact, Go.Right.Now.

The dumplings literally melt in your mouth.  Rather than the Americanized dumplings that we all seem to think are great, you haven’t lived dumplings unless you’ve been to DTF. Their dumplings are filled with a soup liquid that surrounds the meat in each of them and they burst open when you eat them.  DO.NOT.PASS GO.UNTIL.YOU.TRY.THE PORK.DUMPLINGS.  The noodles are exquisite {not sure I’ve ever described food this way, but we did order 2 more rounds of each}.

  And the best part about all of this is that we stuffed our faces and for 10 people, the bill was $150. WHAT???  Yes, $15/each. This is unheard of in LA {guess that is why they’re located in Arcadia}.  But really, for the quality and the quantity of food we scarfed down, Din Tai Fung is No Joke.

We left VERY happy stuffed Campers.

{MF Dre}

P.S. DTF does not serve alcohol and I do not recall seeing any signage that allows BYOB.

P.P.S. My camera didn’t function well most of the night so most images courtesy of Google.

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