Sunday, January 28, 2007

din tai fung

Besides the Getty and Korean BBQ, another must-do activity in LA is to have dim sum. After reading pages of glowing yelp and chowhound reviews, Lisette suggested we try the LA-branch (top center) of Taiwan’s famous Din Tai Fung for dumplings.

Din Tai Fung is renowned for their Xiao long bao, and they did not disappoint. Sealed with 18 folds, each delicate dumpling had the perfect amount of juicy pork and a generous quantity of broth (middle left). The dumpling skins were very thin, but even I was able to pick them up without breaking. These are the reason we had to wait for an hour for our table.

We also tried a variant on the traditional XLB, the juicy crab and pork dumpling (middle right). As you can see from the cross-sectional picture (middle center), it was packed with flavor. The second close-up shows the inside of the delicious pork and vegetable dumpling (top left).

The other items we ordered (hot and sour soup, noodles and vegartarian dumplings) were all tasty. And, dessert was a special treat: red bean dumplings (bottom right). The meal was a nice way to end a fun trip to the Southland, and I am happy that Lisette’s friends were able to join us.

Din Tai Fung: 1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA (626) 574-7068


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous David J said...

Oh, that place is sooo good. Everytime I go to LA I try to get there but I've only managed to go once.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous David J said...

If you're craving Xiao long bao and you're in San Mateo, there's Happy Cafe. It's not as great as din tai fung but it gets the job done well. The only problem is the place always seems to be closed. I've walked downtown to eat there 3 times and 2 of those times it was closed.


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