Name: Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) – Taipei 101
Visited Location: B1F., No.45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110 台北市信義區市府路45號B1(台北101購物中心)
Website: Din Tai Fung website 鼎泰豐官網
Price range: NT$ 400-500pp
Food: Chinese cuisine
Favourite dishes: Xiaolongbao/steamed pork dumplings
If traveling to Taiwan, one of the places that people will recommend to the visitors is indulge the xiaolongbao at one of Ding Tai Fung’s restaurants.
My first Din Tai Fung experience is at Taipei 101, this is the one of their newest stores so everything looks relatively new. Its decor is simple and clean.
Ding Tai Fung, a growing franchise, is known for its xiaolongbao (小籠包), they have branches all over Asia and even in the US and Australia. I’ve spotted quite a few foreign tourists at the restaurant, can surely say Ding Tai Fung is a brand that can represent the Taiwan’s cuisine.
The restaurant is fairly big, with lots of seating, but with their worldwide popularity, the place is packed before 12pm. Luckily we came earlier so there were no queue. There are even 6 private rooms in the restaurants. Service was fast and the waitresses were attentive and accommodating. I was amazed by how most of the waitresses are bilingual/multilingual (overheard a few of them speak in English or Japanese to the customers). When seated, the waitress gave us the menus and served us tea and also provided a storage crate for us to put our belonging in there.
Din Tai Fung serves a wide variety of dishes, ranges from dumplings, noodles (fried noodles or soup noodles such as wonton soup noodles), appetizer, bun (sweet or savoury), to desserts.
With no clue what is good at the restuaurant, I’ve ordered: Xiaolongbao (x10 per order), beef noodle soup, Pork and Glutinous Rice Shaomai, Prawn Pan-fried Dumplings and Fried Tofu Rice Noodles. After finished ordering, the waitress provided us some shredded ginger on the table and you can eat it with the Xiaolongbao (or anything you want to eat it with).