Din tai fung (101 branch), xinyi district


As a food lover, you’ve probably heard of Din Tai Fung (& maybe already eaten there?).

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It’s a restaurant that started in Taipei, and has since expanded into lớn 11 other countries (so far).

While they have a full thực đơn, by far their most popular dish, & their clayên to lớn fame – really the main reason you go to eat there – is for the xiao long bao, Taiwanese soup dumplings.

During my trip lớn Taipei, I wasn’t going to miss it.

View from the top of Taipei 101 on the 89th floor

Din Tai Fung at Tapei 101

Before getting inkhổng lồ this post about eating at Din Tai Fung in Taipei, I have khổng lồ say that I had already tried Din Tai Fung in Bangkok a few years previously. And khổng lồ be honest with you, I was a bit disappointed with the flavors of the food.

But I knew I needed khổng lồ re-try it again in Taiwan.

The original location of Din Tai Fung is located on Xinyi street in Taipei, và everyday for both lunch và dinner, there’s a massive crowd that waits in line to lớn slurp down a few baskets of soup dumplings.

I first wanted khổng lồ go to lớn the original location. After all, I was in Taipei, so I may as well.

But since we had just visited the Taipei 101 observatory, và after reading plenty of Reviews of the Taipei 101 branch of Din Tai Fung where everyone said it was just as good as the original, we went to lớn the Taipei 101 Din Tai Fung.

Making dumplings

One of the most iconic symbols of eating at Din Tai Fung anywhere you are in the world is the small army of dumpling makers who look like medical researchers.

Sporting White shirts, white aprons, và Trắng hats & masks, they work away making dumplings at a rapid pace by the quantities. But one of the best things about Din Tai Fung is that even though they produce heaps of dumplings, they are still hand-made, and you can really taste the difference.

Din Tai Fung menu

Din Tai Fung menu

As soon as we arrived khổng lồ Din Tai Fung Taipei 101, we were greeted by the staff, brought over to our table, và the thực đơn was already on our table waiting for us.

The menu is pretty extensive and includes a wide range of Taiwanese, mostly noodle based dishes, with plenty of side dishes.

But really, the entire menu is sort of an up-sell for the xiao long bao, which is what everyone really comes to Din Tai Fung to eat.

But you’ll also find noodle soup và dry noodles, vegetables, a few dyên sum dishes, & a few other varieties of dumplings as well.

How to eat xiao long bao

How lớn eat xiao long bao

Before coming khổng lồ Din Tai Fung, I was more interested in plopping the entire dumpling in my mouth, right out of the steaming basket, và just enjoying the burning hot soup in my mouth.

But conveniently placed at every table at Din Tai Fung is a handy 4-step process for enjoying xiao long bao, và so I gave sầu it a shot.

Here’s are the 4 steps written on the menu:

Put soy sauce & vinegar into lớn the bowl with sliced ginger. Our waitress said 1 part soy sauce khổng lồ 3 parts vinegar would be best.Take the soup dumpling and dip it inlớn the sauce.Then put the dumpling into lớn your spoon, & poke a hole in the wrapper of the dumpling khổng lồ release the juices.And finally eat.

I definitely cheated on quite a few dumplings, but this is the official way khổng lồ eat a soup dumpling at Din Tai Fung.

Ok, let’s move sầu on now to lớn the food…

Pork xiao long bao – famous soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung

Pork xiao long bao – soup dumplings

As a blogger và food Clip maker, I have sầu an obsession with taking photos of food, which normally means that by the time I take my first bite, whatever I’m eating is pretty cold (you can ask my wife about this!).

But this time, my wife & I decided we were going khổng lồ hold off on taking photos and eat the xiao long bao immediately as it arrived, & then we would order a second tray and then take photos of that tray.

Xiao long bao must be eaten hot.

Price – 200 TWD per tray of 10 (we had 2 trays)

This is Step 3, next step – devour!

Following the direction on how to eat a xiao long bao, I dipped my dumpling in the vinegar soy sauce, topped it with ginger, poked a hole into the side of the wrapper, và then took the entire dumpling in a single bite.

It was incredibly good.

Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101

The wrapper was thinner than other xiao long bao dumplings I’d had at other restaurants, and the entire dumpling felt more delicate. The pork inside was smooth & soft, & the soup had a wonderful porkiness, without being too oily, and then balanced by the sour vinegar & mild ginger.

What I really loved most about the xiao long bao is that it wasn’t overly salty, but really focused on the ingredients, without covering it up with salt.

The pickled cucumbers were incredibly crisp

Pickled cucumbers

Right as you walk inkhổng lồ Din Tai Fung và take a seat, they offer you their speciality salads.

Being addicted lớn pickles, I couldn’t resist an order of their pickles, which came neatly arranged in a pyramid formation.

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The pickles were incredibly crisp, juicy, and again, not too salty, with a just a little chili oil for flavor.

Price – 70 TWD

Din Tai Fung house salad included plenty of wakame

Din Tai Fung house salad

We also tried their house salad, which included thin strips of what I think was wakame, a thiông chồng sheet like seaweed, plus there were needle mushrooms, và bean sprouts in the phối.

What I liked about the house salad was its sesame oil flavor.

Price – 70 TWD

Noodles with minced pork sauce

Noodles with minced pork sauce

In addition to lớn the dumplings, for more of a filling dish, I ordered what they called in English, noodles with minced pork sauce.

The noodles were very fresh, laid on the bottom of a bowl very delicately, và topped with a few scoops of a meat mixture that included pork, Chinese sausage, bits of tofu, & what I think were soy beans on top.

The meat sauce had a mild flavor, with a hint of hoisin khổng lồ it và a slight sweetness from the sausage.

Just lượt thích the other dishes, I was pleasantly surprised how it wasn’t overly salty, but just good & fresh, although it could have sầu used some serious chili sauce khổng lồ bump up the flavor.

Price – 130 TWD

Pork chop noodle soup

Pork chop noodle soup

My wife và her sister mostly ate the pork chop noodle soup we ordered, as I wanted to eat the dry noodles with pork.

The soup used the same noodles, but instead of meat sauce it came topped with a fried pork chop & submerged in soup.

It was alright, but nothing special.

Price – 190 TWD

Stir fried amaranth greens – plain but fresh

Stir fried amaranth greens

I’ve always been a big bạn of vegetables, và they had about 6 different types of stir fried vegetables on the thực đơn at Din Tai Fung.

I decided to lớn go for stir fried amaranth greens, which came stir fried very lightly with just a few pieces of sautéed garlic.

The greens were light & fresh, similar khổng lồ spinach, but not quite so much of that sliminess.

Price – 180 TWD

Sticky rice wrap with pork – good flavor

Sticky rice wrap with pork

One of my favorite dyên sum dishes is lo mai sợi, sticky glutinous rice filled with pork & other delicious goodies, then wrapped in a lotus leaf & steamed. I order it every time I eat dim sum, and it’s been my favorite since I was a kid.

The version at Din Tai Fung was a little simpler, and it mostly included just shreds of pork.

The rice was a wonderful gooey texture, và overall it was pretty tasty.

Price – 75 TWD

Steamed taro xiao long bao

Steamed taro xiao long bao

After finishing off two trays of xiao long bao, & all the side dishes, I was honestly feeling quite full và satisfied.

But my wife and her sister wanted khổng lồ try the steamed taro xiao long bao – a dessert version of the dumplings filled with sweet taro.

The taro inside was lượt thích creamy mashed potatoes, very soft và fluffy, & slightly sweet. If you enjoy sweets, this makes a good way lớn kết thúc your meal at Din Tai Fung.

Price – 85 TWD

Din Tai Fung prices

Our total bill

There were 3 of us eating, and I’d say we ordered quite a bit of food for the 3 of us – maybe a bit more than we needed – although we didn’t have any trouble finishing off everything.

Our total bill came to 1,3trăng tròn TWD ($40.50).

Din Tai Fung – Taipei 101, Taiwan

Here’s the full video of our meal:

(Or you can watch the video on YouTube here)


Din Tai Fung is one of the most well-known restaurants in all of Taiwan, a place that specializes mainly in Taiwanese soup filled dumplings known as xiao long bao.

There are a number of locations throughout the world and within Taipei, và we chose lớn eat at the Taipei 101 branch.

Also, check out my Taipei Travel Guide here!

What really stood out khổng lồ me about the food at Din Tai Fung was how delicate the flavors were and how nothing was overly salty – they really focused on the unique of the ingredients without covering them up with too much salt.

While the side dishes were all alright, the real highlight, which is also their clayên to lớn fame, is their pork xiao long bao.

I had eaten at Din Tai Fung before in Bangkok & wasn’t overly impressed, but I think this meal at Din Tai Fung in Taiwan was much better.

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Din Tai Fung – Taipei 101 branch

Address: B1, No. 45, Shifu Rd., Taipei City (Taipei 101 Mall)mở cửa hours: Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday và the day before holidays from 11 am – 10 pmPrices: You’re looking to pay about 300 – 500 TWD ($9.đôi mươi – $13.34) per personHow khổng lồ get there: One of the great things about visiting Taipei is that it’s so easy lớn get around using the public transportation system. To get khổng lồ Din Tai Fung Taipei 101, take the MRT lớn Taipei 101 station, follow the signs khổng lồ exit at Taipei 101, và you’ll see Din Tai Fung right as you emerge from the MRT station.