Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, Taipei 101

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House is now located everywhere around Asia but if you don't know it yet, Din Tai Fung Dumpling House was originated in Taiwan. Apparently back in 1993, Din Tai Fung was the first Chinese restaurant to be rated as one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world by New York Times. When we visited Taipei 101, we saw that there is Din Tai Fung Dumpling House inside the mall so we joined the queue and tried how good the original Din Tai Fung dishes taste.

Let's start with the appetizers. We ordered two kind of appetizers. Talk about being greedy. Hahaha. But they are all veggies so they should not take so much space in our tummy. #excuse

The first one is the cold dressed wood ear mushrooms. I love mushrooms! Especially this type. You should try this because I don't think this kind of mushroom is easily available in the other part of the world (I may be wrong though).

Din Tai Fung cold dressed wood ear mushrooms

The second appetizer that we ordered is the braised bitter melon. Initially, I was quite skeptical about this dish because when I ate this in Indonesia, the veggie really lives up to its name. It is really bitter. But the funny thing is, the Taiwanese love to eat this veggie. And now, I found out the reason why. It is because in Taiwan, bitter melon does not taste bitter at all. I wonder if there's something about the veggie or it's just the way they cook the dish. 

Din Tai Fung Braised Bitter Melon Taiwan

After the appetizers, we moved on to the dishes. The dishes menu are basically filled with greens. Stir fried lettuce, spinach, bamboo shots (okay this one not really green), you name it. Since it is important to have a balanced diet, we ordered a plate of stir fried spinach served with tofu sheets. 

Din Tai Fung Stir Fried Spinach served with Tofu Sheets Taiwan

Next, we continued on to the main star of Din Tai Fung, the xiao long bao! Yum! Taiwan has a lot of yummy xiao long bao I must say but I admit Din Tai Fung offers a really delicious xiao long bao. They have so many different fillings on the list but if you are having xiao long bao in Taiwan branch, you should order the truffle and pork xiao long bao because this filling may not be available at other countries' branches. 

Din Tai Fung Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao Taiwan

If the above xiao long bao is not enough, you may also want to try Din Tai Fung's buns. The pork buns especially taste so delicious. 

Din Tai Fung Pork Buns Taiwan

But how about rice and noodles? After all, we don't really feel we have eaten anything yet without eating our carbs. Blame the upbringing of Asian, but I guess I also live up to that kind of stereotype about Asian. LOL. But the noodles at Din Tai Fung do not disappoint, especially the Noodles with Minced Meat Sauce. My all time favorite. 

Din Tai Fung Noodles with Minced Meat Sauce Taiwan

If you prefer something soupy, you can go for the Shrimp and Pork Wanton Noodle. I personally feel that while the wantons are nice, the soup is somewhat bland. 

Shrimp and Pork Wanton Noodle Din Tai Fung Taiwan

There are so many branches of Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Taipei. For a complete list, you can refer to its website here

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