Din Tai Fung – Restaurant Review

!!!!!!! EUREKA !!!!!!

I found the CHINESE RESTAURANT of the decade.  Hello DIN TAI FUNG!  The home of the Juicy Pork Dumpling.  Now picture a dumpling that has a broth inside along with a pork meat ball, and when you sink your teeth into the dumpling it releases a tasty broth in your mouth.  Mmmmmm.  A heavenly experience here on earth.  One bite in I knew I was hooked, and the beauty of the meal didn’t end there, EVERYTHING we ordered was phenomenal.

Here’s what we ate:

Seaweed and Bean Curd salad in a spicy vinegar dressing.  Fried Pork Chops.  Shanghai Rice Cake with Chicken.  Sauteed Spinach with garlic.  Sauteed String Beans with garlic.  Juicy Pork dumplings.  Juicy Pork and Crab dumplings.

I chalked the cooking up as supreme.  At one point in the meal I was sitting at the table shaking my head and my friend asks me “Why are you shaking your head?”  I had to answer truthfully and said “Because I can’t believe how delicious my food is.  I can’t stop eating nor do I want to.  In fact I want to be gluttonous.”  When we left Din Tai Fung, I told my fiance that I couldn’t imagine too much time would pass before we found ourselves back for more.  We were back 3 days later and it was just as good… if not better.

They house two locations right next to one another.  They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait for your meal.  We waited 30 minutes on a Saturday night, and it was well worth it.  Complete YUM-DOGS!  I’m not the only one who thinks so, New York Times named it one of the TOP TEN restaurants in the WORLD.  Wow.  If only I knew sooner. :)

Location #1 – 1108 South Baldwin Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91007

626.574.7068

 

Location #2 – 1088 South Baldwin Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91007

626.446.8588

 

Mon – Fri  Lunch 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. – Dinner 5:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.

Saturday  Lunch 10:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. – Dinner 5:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.

Sunday  Lunch 10:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. – Dinner 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.


All photos taken by: Nicole Presley

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7 Responses to Din Tai Fung – Restaurant Review

  1. I am jealous. We have no real decent Chinese place like that where I live…Enjoy!

  2. Ericka says:

    Omg! I’ve been craving dumplings! Must go there and it’s so close to home!

  3. Uchi says:

    yummy..! great pics!

  4. Cristina says:

    It’s on my list now! I love chinese food and I want to go to this restaurant ASAP :)

  5. You are so adventurous with food! I have trouble eating most places without scanning the kitchen and getting a full run down of ingredients first lol.

  6. I am distrustful of Chinese restaurants with the exception of Sky Dragon back hone where my family has gone for 30 years. One too many bad experiences. But your beautiful pictures and delectable descriptions are leading me in the direction of breaking this rule…

  7. So many have said this place is awesome and yet neither one of us has been there. It’s probably worth the trek to Arcadia by the looks of your meal and from how you’ve described it!

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