Saturday, 8 March 2014

DIN TAI FUNG, TAIPEI 101

Our first meal after arriving in Taipei - the world-renowned Din Tai Fung which specializes in xiao long bao, and originated in Taiwan.
We arrived early in the evening so the wait wasn't too long - 20 minutes, which is considered a short waiting time.
We noticed how large the restaurant really was inside as we were shown to our table towards the back of the restaurant - utensils efficiently laid out, glasses filled with tea, and there was even a basket on the side to store bags and coats. As we walked in, we also passed by the kitchen area where we could view them making the dumplings.

 


Our hosts for the evening ordered a variety of dishes for us to try. Unfortunately I didn't take note of the names of each dish, because we were all quite hungry, and dived in as soon as each dish arrived at the table.
The order sheet was also in Mandarin, which I obviously was unable to read...
Oh well, food is food after all, and I'm happy as long as it goes into my belly!

 



 


We tried a few types of the xiao long bao with different fillings. Juicy meat fillings wrapped in lovely delicate skin, which apparently has a minimum of 18 folds - I even did a little count on one, just to check...

 



 


 





We were all happily stuffed by the end of the meal.
I would definitely recommend a visit if you enjoy this type of Asian cuisine. They have a few branches scattered outside of is native Taiwan, even in Malaysia - but I don't live in Kuala Lumpur, so this was a new experience for me.
Hopefully there will be one in London sometime in the near future..?
A great start to our short visit to Taiwan.

The Cheekster, signing out x


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