Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is a global restaurant empire specializing in authentic Chinese steamed soup dumplings. Open in Glendale, CA in the Fall of 2013, Din Tai Fung has had anxious diners lining up daily before opening time to relish the delectable packages of goodness.

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And it’s no wonder. The dumplings are perfectly balanced in pork to broth ratio with thin yet supple skins to hold both in. The meat is soft and tender and the broth distinctively flavorful, warm and comforting. Adding the condiments in traditional fashion adds much complexity: 80% dark vinegar + 20% soy sauce +/- chili oil (suited to one’s individual tastes) + ginger. A match made in heaven.

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There are other worthy dishes here that shouldn’t be overlooked. Shrimp and pork Shao Mai, Won Ton Soup, Spicy Braised Beef Soup, Noodles with Sesame Sauce and Sauteed String Beans with Garlic  – each dish has a twist and unusually bold flavors that you don’t get from the more pedestrian versions of these dishes that are commonplace. The exquisitely aromatic Jasmine tea makes the perfect accompaniment to these dishes.

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Along with the outstanding food, the atmosphere at Din Tai Fung is modern, airy and comfortably casual-chic. The service is superb and the overall experience is light and playful. Finally, an authentic, high-quality dumpling house close to the center of Los Angeles makes this cuisine accessible to many.

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