Din Tai Fung is one of the most consistently excellent food chains that you can find all around the world. With locations all over the US, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, etc., you are never that far away from a Din Tai Fung. Unfortunately, there is no Din Tai Fung in Hawaii, so I have not been to one for a while, but I plan to go as soon as travel reopens.
Din Tai Fung is a chain that was started in Taiwan, and it specializes in xiaolongbao and noodles. They have a pretty similar menu at most locations, and quality control is great everywhere. Also, at most locations, they have a see-through window where you can see the xiaolongbao being made, which is always good for pictures.
Recently, I had spicy shrimp wontons at a restaurant, but they were no where near as good as Din Tai Fung’s. Din Tai Fung has a dish called shrimp and pork dumplings with house spicy sauce, and this is the standard that I usually judge other spicy shrimp wontons by. I actually prefer the dumplings to the xiaolongbao at Din Tai Fung, even if the xiaolongbao is their speciality dish. The spicy sauce from the dumplings also goes super well if you pour it over an order of fried rice.
If I am looking for Chinese food when I travel, I enjoy looking to see if there is a Din Tai Fung location around. While it may not be the best Chinese restaurant out there, it is very reliable (and still very good), and I know I can order almost any Chinese dish that I am craving. There is a reason that so many people rave about Din Tai Fung, and I think it does live up to the hype!
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