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Din Tai Fung: The Perfect Soup Dumpling

November 27, 2015

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A while ago, we did a video about Soup Dumplings in Seoul. It wasn’t the best experience, and we had hoped for more. Well, we came with high expectations when we went to Din Tai Fung in Taiwan and, ladies and gentlemen, those high expectations were exceeded in so many ways. Come, let us share with you an amazing soup dumpling experience.

But Din Tai Fung is more than just soup dumplings. To those of you who have been you might not be surprised, but this was our first time ever, and I really just thought it’d be a dumpling shop that served only soup dumplings. I was so wrong! The side dishes are amazing! You could easily go to Din Tai Fung and not get the soup dumplings, and you’d still have an amazing meal. That brown tofu we had was startlingly delicious. We also tried the pork chop fried rice, along with the spicy wontons, both of which are in the extra scenes below, and those, too, were awesome. Just a great, great dining experience.

The soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung, though, cannot be missed. Maybe if you’ve gone many times, you could try to get other things from its vastly expansive menu, but if it’s your first time you need to have the soup dumplings. We tried four different kinds: The Pork, the Pork Truffle, the Chicken, and the Shrimp & Squash. All of them were freaking amazing. If you had to try only one, though, I’d go for the Pork Truffle. It’s really something else. The flavors are explosive and unforgettable. But if you don’t think Truffles are a really authentic experience, the Pork ones are next on our list. And if you can’t eat pork, the chicken ones follow close after. And if you don’t like chicken either, then you can’t go wrong with the squash and shrimp, which – even though it’s our least favorite – if we ate only those we’d still be ridiculously happy. They’re all amazing, and this ranking system is like determining the winner of a 100 meter dash by counting milliseconds. All are at the top of their game, all are amazing.

Also, this video came out a week earlier than expected. We had planned on putting up our main Taiwan food video up this week, but things got shuffled around. It’ll be out next week, though, and it will be 16 minutes worth of food. FOOD. SO MUCH FOOD. Stay tuned for it. We’re really happy with that video, and can’t wait to share it with you.

Anyhow, if you’d like to see some more of the dishes Din Tai Fung has to offer, check out the extra scenes below!

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  1. I just watched your video in soup dumplings last night and now I am at a Taiwanese restaurant about to order some for the first time! So excited!!!

    3 years ago
  2. That sauteed green bean side dish this meal had at the beginning is tricky to cook! My husband and I enjoy it at our local Chinese restaurant, and I’ve tried to cook it at home, but there is a very thin line between undercooked and burnt. I’ve seen it with onions, yours with pork, or a version with these tiny shrimp.

    3 years ago
  3. I live in Kuala Lumpur and we have din tai fung where I live but I’ve never tried it because we have so many places selling soup dumplings that may be cheaper. But now your video has made me want to try Din tai fung. And crave for soup dumplings. Diet? What diet?

    3 years ago
  4. So there is a Din Tai Fung restaurant here in Orange County that I’ve been to once… and never again. I don’t know if the people were off their game when my boyfriend and I went, or maybe we’re jaded on certain flavors and whatnot because we’re both professional cooks that work at fancy hotels, or what… the ONLY thing we liked was the green beans. Everything else was super bland with just a tiny amount of meat sprinkled in. We got a noodle and pork dish, there was maybe one ounce of pork in the whole thing, we got some mushroom and rice dumplings (could see the mushroom, couldn’t taste it), I got a soup that just tasted like beef oil, and I can’t remember what else.

    I don’t really think that we got any soup dumplings, so maybe that is where we messed up? It was the middle of summer and it was so hot out, so we weren’t really feeling it. I told him about this video and we may give them one more shot. At least the green beans were really good.

    3 years ago
  5. There are two Din Tai Fung restaurants here in the Seattle area (one in Seattle and one in Bellevue)! It’s soooooo unbelievably good! Now I really want to go, haha. But this is the first video you’ve done that I can actually go to the restaurant! Next time I go I should try something new, because I just got stuck on the pork dumplings since they’re so good.

    3 years ago
    • As an internet self-taught master dumpling eater from Taiwan currently living in Vancouver, I have tried DTF in Bellevue. Eventhough they are good compare to other dumpling places at the west coast, but trust me, it’s a totally different GAME in TAIWAN!!!

      (now laying on my bed starving to death….

      3 years ago
  6. They have a Din Tai Fung in Seattle! You could have discovered soup dumpling heaven earlier, on your last Nasty Tour! Put it on your to do list next time you roll thru Washington. I bet Spudgy would have loved them too! :)

    3 years ago
  7. Soup dumplings are so yummy. My brother can eat the whole serving if he wanted to. Just don’t be like my dad who squired soup up his nose. Twice, and in the same nostril.

    Now what I really want to know is if you guys went to the Hello Kitty cafe in Taiwan. That cafe was very kitty, didn’t have writing on the walls, and the washroom was picture worthy.

    3 years ago
  8. The “brown tofu” called kaofu 烤麸 which isn’t tofu at all. It is actually gluten and is made from wheat flour. I’m glad you liked it!

    3 years ago
  9. Awwww yissss, dumplings ~~

    3 years ago
  10. They don’t have Din Tai Fung in Seoul? What a tragedy!

    OK, I’m going to my local DTF tomorrow for lunch.

    3 years ago
  11. I LOVE Din Tai Fung!!! They have amazing food and their beef noodles soup is my favorite :)

    3 years ago