There’s many things that I look forward to eating when I go to Hong Kong and Din Tai Fung is right at the top of the list. Technically Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant, specializing in dumplings and noodles. But with Hong Kong being the world’s dim sum capital, the restaurant chain has found itself right at home. We try to make one trip for lunch every year when the whole family is together and as usual, it did not disappoint.
Din Tai Fung is extremely popular and always packed.
The restaurant has become famous for it’s house specialty, xiaolongbao. Many refer to them as “juicy pork dumplings” because they are traditionally filled with pork soup.
The juicy pork dumpling is a pretty clever invention and one of the most delicious things you’ll ever eat. Din Tai Fung hand makes thousands of these dumplings daily.
Another dish the restaurant has made it’s name on are noodles. The spicy beef noodle is my personal favorite. We also had to go for an order of the Chinese spinach with minced garlic.
As if the noodles, vegetables and xiaolongbao weren’t enough, we went with some chili shrimp dumplings. I could honestly eat this sort of food everyday for lunch and if I lived in Hong Kong, I probably would.
For anyone that lives in California, there are 2 Din Tai Fung locations in the San Gabriel Valley. I’ve been to both of them and while good, they just don’t compare to the ones I’ve been to in Asia. At the California locations, none of the dumplings are served in bamboo baskets, but rather in metal ones. For whatever reason I think it really affects the taste and texture. At any rate, they’re definitely worth a try because you will become addicted.