One of the highlights of my recent trip to Seattle was dinner at the famous Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant. I have had dinner at this world famous restaurant in Shanghai and was delighted to learn that they were also in Seattle. With its signature xiao long bao (soup dumplings) Din Tai Fung is ranked as one of the world’s Top 10 Best Restaurants by The New York Times. The Shanghai Soup Dumplings are wonderful. There are 10 of these tiny dumplings in each order and they come in the traditional bamboo steamers. We ordered several steamers and they went fast. They are not the cheapest dumplings around but the experience is well worth the money.
Everything about Din Tai Fung is unique, which is probably why this Taiwanese-based dumpling chain is so highly praised. You cannot make a reservation but they have set up a phone-based text message notification system that makes getting in easier. While you are waiting you can watch the showmanship of Din Tai Fung’s chefs within the open concept kitchen. Creating these miniature dumplings is not easy but these chefs, wearing their Din Tai Fung uniforms, make them with obvious precision and skill. It is fun to watch. I really like the way the Din Tai Fung restaurants are decorated. It is a very modern setting decked out in earthy tones and illuminated by lighting that creates a truly enjoyable dining experience.
Photo by Sarah Ackerman – http://tinyurl.com/h9g4g67
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