Review of Din Tai Fung in Taipei, Taiwan

Everyone in Asia who loves dumplings knows of Din Tai Fung.

The restaurant chain has almost become an institution, with restaurants in Taipei (the original), Sydney, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand.

Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao

We stopped by the original Din Tai Fung on Xinyi Road, Taipei to find out exactly what dishes are actually worth ordering. 


Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao menu

Their famous pork xiao long bao (meaning little dragon bun in Chinese) (TWD100/5 pieces) were soft and delicate with a slightly chewy texture; exactly how I like mine. The soup inside was fragrant and hot - but not enough to burn the roof of your mouth (always a plus!). They came accompanied by brown (not red) vinegar, which was slightly less sour than the red version. 

We also ordered the stirfry water spinach (TWD170) which was fresh and full of flavoursome garlic but a touch overcooked. 

Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao pork soup
Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao pork soup

After that came the much loved dan dan mien with peanut sauce and spicy sesame (TWD100) incorporating thin noodles, thick peanut sauce (so thick that unfortunately the shallots could not be tasted), and a good level of chilli. For those who don’t like the strong sesame taste or can’t stand the delicious burn of the chilli, you can request less of these ingredients. 

Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dan dan mien peanut sauce spicy sesame bowl

Our last dish was the pork wontons, which barely had any pork inside because of over stuffing of vegetables. If you do order the wantons, I would recommend you get the shrimp and meat ones. The vinegar that accompanied this dish was slightly more sour than usual - in odd contrast to the xiao long bao vinegar.

Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao
Peek inside the kitchen of the original Din Tai Fung and watch them making the delicious xiao long baos from scratch!

  1. For non-Chinese readers, ask for the menus with pictures, not the paper list of Chinese characters where you tick the box next to the items you want. 
  2. Queue up at off peak hours like 11 am or 6 pm, because this place gets jam packed during meal times. 
  3. Given that the xiao long baos are TWD100/5 pieces and TWD200/10 pieces (i.e. no discount for ordering more), we would recommend just starting with five if there are only two of you. Order an extra batch if you’re still hungry, but only after you give the other dishes a go first!

Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung restaurant Xinyi Road Taipei Taiwan dumplings xiao long bao
Yes, okay - so we got a bit carried away with taking pictures with this little guy...

xx Carmen

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