Originating in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung began as an oil retail store in 1958. With oil profit waning, the owners (a husband and wife) took some advice from a fellow restaurant owner and made the decision to start making and selling dumplings (million dollar advice right there). Fast forward a lot of years, and DTF was named one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world by New York Magazine in 1993. Reader's Digest named it as one of the top 10 wonders of Taiwan in 2005. There are restaurants all over Asia (Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Korea to name a few). The only US locations are in California and Seattle (I feel so honored!!!!!!!)
Anyways, sorry for the history lesson, but this is one of my all time favorite restaurants and I can't believe it's taken me so long to post this on my blog. Reservations can't be made and there are constantly hoards of people waiting to get in. As soon as you approach, you can see people in the back rolling out the fresh dough and carefully making each and every dumpling by hand. If you go, you must get the Juicy Pork Dumplings. Small, light, and slightly doughy. They are warm and bursting with flavor! Inside the little dumpling, a pocket of "juice" gathers and it is the most delectable broth in the world. My other favorite dish (who am I kidding? The entire menu is my "favorite dish"), is Shrimp and Pork Wontons in Spicy Sauce. The sauce is spicy and flavorful with chili flakes and green onions. I'm seriously drooling right now. Another top dish is the Garlic Green Beans. As my boyfriend likes to giddily exclaim every single time he eats them, "IT'S LIKE EATING CANDY!!!!" Must be all that sauteed butter and garlic.
I could literally write forever about this place, but as of right now, I'm salivating too much to go on. Make sure to visit this place. I know you won't regret it!
For more info and to read the full history of how the store started check out their website: http://www.dintaifungusa.com