The only restaurant I wouldn't want to miss in Taipei is Din Tai Fung, an international brand known for its xiao long baos or soup dumplings. We headed out to the Taipei 101 branch during our first day.
I was impressed on their queuing system: the guests are given numbers according to number of heads per table. I approached the hostess and she gave me a queue number for me and my two friends.
We were also given the menu and order form while waiting for our table. Yay for advance orders. :)
|bag carrier for each table|
We were seated in the area where the servers speak English, just check on the flags pinned on their uniforms.
We started with the Pork Xiao Long Bao (NT$200 or Php 290 for 10 pcs) and the Steamed Shrimp & Ground Pork Dumplings (NT$240 or Php 348 for 10 pcs).
|Pork Xiao Long Bao|
|Steamed Shrimp & Ground Pork Dumplings|
The Pork Xiao Long Bao is indeed legendary! The dumpling doesn't easily break so you'll enjoy eating it instead of worrying of spilling the soup. It's definitely a must-try! I loved the Steamed Shrimp & Ground Pork Dumplings too, as it almost has the same skin as the Pork Xiao Long Bao.
We also had Pork Buns (NT$80 or Php 116 for 2 pcs), hoping that it would be phenomenal.
For noodles, we had Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce (NT$130 or Php 188) and Noodles with Sesame & Peanut Sauce (NT$100 or Php 145).
|Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce|
|Noodles with Sesame and Peanut Sauce|
I liked the simplicity of the flavors of the Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce while the Noodles with Sesame & Peanut Sauce has an interesting nutty taste but I liked the Minced Pork more.
As much as we wanted to try more dishes, we were surprisingly full with what we ordered. The prices of the dishes were inexpensive and the service is excellent. My only regret was not visiting the original branch in Xinyi Road.
True enough, a visit to Taipei will not be complete if you'll not visit Din Tai Fung.
Note: NT$1 = Php 1.45
Din Tai Fung
B1, No. 45, Shifu Road,
Taipei 101 Mall,
Other locations are Japan, Malaysia, USA, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, HK Macau, Thailand and Australia