Din Tai Fung
It has recently been brought to my attention that I have not yet written about Din Tai Fung. Well, I've been busy. I had to try every other dumpling before trying the master's! No one can deny the fact that dumplings make life better. They wash away those winter blues, fill those starving bellies and provide company for those eating on their own (no judgement). I like to think of dumplings as well, people. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and ethnicities; Italian, Chinese; you name it, they probably have their own dumpling. Wontons or gnocchi, pan fried or steamed, pork or shrimp however you like it, there's a dumpling in this world for you.
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese style restaurant that specializes in soup dumplings (also know as Xiao Long Bao). For those of you who have never tried soup dumplings, well I will tell you I'm not talking about dumplings in soup. In fact quite the opposite! Handmade in store, filled with pork and a delightful swig of soup broth, (yes the broth is INSIDE the dumpling) these dumplings are a delight.
Now when accepting the challenge of eating soup dumplings there is a strategy that is required. This is no one bite dumpling. If you value the health and wellness of your mouth, seriously, don't do that. Theres a proper etiquitte required. First fill your spoon with the vinegar and ginger, place this perfect plump dumpling on your spoon, take a small nibble to allow the steam to escape and the broth to fill your spoon. Then sip and bite. Ahhhhh yum.
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao
Fill your spoon with ginger & vinegar first!
Bite & Sip.
Ahhhh Yum! Then Repeat!
Now, don't be fooled...Din Tai Fung does not only offer one type of dumpling...
Steamed Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai- Stuffed with pork, soup broth and shrimp, these bundles were seriously delicious! Not feeling like dumpling overload? Try one of Din Tai Fungs tasty soups!
Hot-and-sour soup with shredded pork and beancurd
Now before trying this delightful dish, you are going to want to give it a stir seeing as the bottom of the bowl is coated with vinegar. The flavor of this dish was lovely! Perfectly sweet and sour! We definitely found ourselves licking the bowl dry.
Sauteed Chinese Kale ... Just incase you feel like squeezing in a few greens on your plate. But no pressure.
Din Tai Fung is often accompanied with a long lineup, but let me say, it is most certainly worth the wait. Take a number, check the menu and start drooling over these juicy bites!
When you DO visit Din Tai Fung, be sure to take a peak at the Xiao Long Bao experts hard at work crafting these perfect dumplings, it's an art that shouldn't be missed! Don't live in Hong Kong? Well, Din Tai Fung has branches in the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Thailand.
On that note Hong Kong, if you haven't been to this tasty Taiwanese dim sum stop... Well, why are you still reading this?
Din Tai Fung, Shop 306, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2730 6928
You stay hungry Hong Kong!
And remember.... Your diet starts tomorrow!