Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

January 28, 2011 – 6:57 pm

Today for lunch, I went to Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Bellevue.

It’s an internationally renowned dim sum chain with most locations over in Asia. They’re especially famous for their xiao long bao – Shanghai steamed soup dumplings.

I arrived shortly after they opened for lunch, and it was already bustling. Walking to the door, I passed by large plate glass windows in front of the kitchen, where a multitude of cooks were forming dumplings. Luckily, my relatively early arrival allowed me to be seated right away. A waitress was immediately at my table to take my drink order and to answer any questions I had about the menu. My freshly brewed black iced tea was refreshing and promptly refilled as I studied the menu.

After much internal debate, I decided to try the hot and sour soup, the pork and shrimp shu mai, and the pork xiao long bao. The soup and shu mai were quite good, and the xiao long bao were just out of this world good. Their fresh ginger, soy, and black vinegar dipping sauce made right at the table was a beautiful complement to the dumplings. The vegetables, noodle dishes, and rice dishes going by looked gorgeous too. I’ll definitely be coming back!

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