From the first time that I visited Din Tai Fung I was hooked. I’m not quite sure if it was the open kitchen behind glass where I could stare at the staff making all those beautiful dumplings and noodles, or whether it was seeing the line of people waiting to get in – no matter what time of the day it was. This successful Taiwanese restaurant has definitely earned its reputation for excellence. No matter which location you go to, it is consistently good. So good, that the Hong Kong location has been awarded a Michelin star for five years. Talk to any of their staff, and they will talk to you with pride about the quality of ingredients, making their own soy sauce and vinegar, serving food at the perfect temperature, ensuring their guests have a good experience, and happily making recommendations. So here is my list of the best dishes to order at Din Tai Fung.
TIPS BEFORE YOU GO
On the table you will find their homemade soy sauce and vinegar. You can play with the ratio, but their recommendation for making the perfect sauce is with a mixture of 1/3 soy sauce, 2/3 vinegar, thinly sliced ginger, and spicy chili oil. Careful, as the oil can be very spicy. Pro tip, you can buy their sauce online.
You will be given a paper sheet and pen so that you can mark the items that you want to order. Before your order is placed, your server will read the order out loud to you to make sure that is exactly what you intended to order.
Make a reservation – the most consistent comments that I hear about Din Tai Fung, are about the long lines, and not being able to get a reservation. It’s always best to make a reservation in advance. Just enter your zip code, city and state at https://www.dintaifungusa.com/us/reservations.html
Pro tip – if you didn’t make a reservation, and the wait is still long, try to grab a seat at the bar as they do not fill up as quickly – and people generally eat and leave much faster. If you are dining alone, this is a great bet.
There are 170 locations of Din Tai Fung in 13 countries, including Taiwan, United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, and Thailand.
Ready to focus on the best dishes at Din Tai Fung?
Best Dishes to Order at Din Tai Fung
Cucumber Salad – if only I could make a cucumber dish this well at home. All the simplicity of this dish is what makes it so perfect. The cucumbers are chilled, sliced, stacked and covered in their delicious sauce. “Crisp Persian cucumbers combined with cuts of mild fresno chili peppers and sliced, fresh garlic—all tossed together with drizzles of sesame oil and our signature Din Tai Fung chili oil.”
Chicken Xiao Long Bao – these little dumplings are steamed and served to your table in a bamboo basket. Just watching the lid being lifted and the steam pouring out is enough to make you hungry. “A classic reinvented, with fresh chicken, ground daily in-house, sweet notes of carrot, celery and hints of aromatic ginger and green onion.”
String Beans with Garlic – who would have thought that anyone could take green beans and garlic and turn it into a super popular and incredibly delicious dish. I’ve yet to order this dish and not finished every single bean. “Freshly-cut string beans, coated with minced garlic and tossed over high heat for a savory, umami-packed bite.”
Chicken Spicy Wontons – Although this dish is classified as spicy, it has just enough spiciness to give it a bit of heat. If you don’t like spicy food, you are still very likely to fall in love with these perfect soft wontons. It is no wonder that this dish is so popular at Din Tai Fung. “Served with our signature house spicy sauce and topped with garlic and green onion, our handmade wontons are always a fan favorite.”
Braised Beef Noodle Soup – This dish may be the perfect soup. The combination of house-made egg noodles, delicious broth, braised beef and bok choy are simply stunning. “With house-made egg noodles and hearty flavors, our Braised Beef Soup is carefully cooked for hours to bring out its signature mildly spicy and aromatic flavors. Topped with blanched baby bok choy for a pop of color and crunch. Contains beef tendon.”
Noodles with Sesame Sauce – because they use their house-made signature chili oil in this dish, I find it to be one of the spiciest dishes on my list. But that shouldn’t detract you as the flavor of this dish is fantastic. “Our house-made thin egg noodles coated in a nutty sesame sauce. Topped with our signature chili oil and crushed roasted peanuts. May contain peanuts.”
Chocolate & Mochi Xiao Long Bao – Did you save room for dessert? I hope so as their chocolate & mochi xiao long baos are decadent and delicious. The chocolate is covered in mochi and steamed and arrives piping hot. Sadly, you get only five pieces. “Decadent, premium chocolate truffle enveloped in a thin layer of mochi—wrapped with painstaking attention into our signature 18 folds. A burst of chocolate lava in every bite.”
Some of my other favorites (but not my top dishes) are the steamed chicken dumplings, chicken & mushroom buns, chicken wonton soup, and black pepper beef tenderloin If I had to mention a dish that I would not order again, it would be the spinach with garlic.
Din Tai Fung is located in Westfield UTC.
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