Din Tai Fung
Shop 130,3/F. Silvercord,30 Canton Road
Tsimshatsui,Kowloon,Hong Kong, CA
Din Tai Fung is a popular Hong Kong dumpling restaurant with locations in Bellevue, Los Angeles, Taipei, Japan, China, Singapore, and several other countries. We had previously dined at Din Tai Fung in Shanghai’s touristy Xintiandi. The Los Angeles location is in Arcadia with Yelp reviews unfortunately indicating it is a step down from the ones abroad.
This successful restaurant chain started in Taipei City and has expanded over the years based on the popularity of their Shanghai steamed dumplings. We were near their Tsim Sha Tsui location and decided to refresh our Xiao Long Bao dumpling memory.
Din Tai Fung Hong Kong received one Michelin star in 2011.
Decor, Vibe – Din Tai Fung was a clean, modern, open, and airy restaurant with a large open kitchen in the rear, showcasing the making of dumplings. Layout looked just like the Shanghai location, this must be a formulaic restaurant. The restaurant just opened and filled out quick.
Instructions on How to Eat Them
Din Tai Fung’s Menu has many different types of Shanghai dumplings, appetizers, buns, and several desserts.
Signature Dishes – Shanghai steamed dumplings – Xiao Long Bao
201. Special steamed pork dumplings or Xiao Long Bao (HK$48 for 6 pieces) contain lots of hot and tasty soup with good meat flavor, thin wrapper, even though they were small sized dumplings. The dumplings took about 5 minutes to arrive. We would rate these very good, but not excellent. We had some superior dumplings on this trip, at a surprising place, Maxims Chinese restaurant at the Hong Kong airport.
805. Steamed mini sesame paste bun (HK$30 for 3 pieces) had a fairly tame black sesame paste inside. Not super sweet and hot out of the steamer.
902. Almond pudding with fresh fruit (HK $28) was a cold slightly sweet almond Jell-O with some sweet syrup on top. A passable dessert.
413. Watermelon juice (HK $28) was clearly a freshly made fix watermelon juice that tasted very pure and devoid of extra sugar. Kind of expensive though.
Service – Din Tai Fung Hong Kong had above average service because there were so many servers. They did do plate changing and clearing without prompting.
Value – Din Tai Fung had reasonable prices in USA$ terms, making this place an excellent value.
Alternatives – Jia Jia Tang Bao in Shanghai, is a hole in the wall dumpling only restaurant that is cheaper and still our reference.
Verdict – Din Tai Fung Hong Kong is a safe bet for a meal, no wonder they are so popular. For serious foodies, there are better Shanghai dumpling options elsewhere.
Din Tai Fung
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