The trip to Taipei is not complete without a meal at the famous Din Tai Fung – most associated with its signature Xiao Long Bao, the soup-filled dumplings which I hardly can resist.
There are no less than 12 Din Tai Fung outlets in Singapore (owned and operated by the Breadtalk Group) and I have eaten at Din Tai Fung a few times before, but someone told me that I must try Din Tai Fung in Taipei.
Din Tai Fung can be found in 7 spots in Taipei and we headed to the one at the basement of SOGO (nearest MRT station is Zhongxiao Fuxing).
As it was smack during lunch hour when we arrived, we took a queue number (exactly the way we do at the Singapore branches) and waited for about an hour before it was our turn.
While waiting for our turn, we were watching the chefs at work through the glass – which didn’t help our growling tummies.
There’s this chocolate-filled Xiao Long Bao too – quite interesting!
Finally it was our turn!
In 2010 and 2011, Din Tai Fung’s Hong Kong branches were awarded one Michelin star – that’s a real distinctive honour!
Din Tai Fung started out as a cooking oil retail shop in 1958 and when the business ran into some trouble in the early 1970s, they revamped the business and started a restaurant in 1974 serving Xiao Long Bao.
From then to now, they have since branched out to Japan, United States, China, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand, with the headquarters in Taiwan.
With only two of us, we didn’t dare to order too much food so we just had 2 ‘baskets’ of Xiao Long Baos (that’s 12 dumplings altogether), fried rice…
… and these fried dumplings – note how interesting it’s being presented!
Although we didn’t order that much food, we were stuffed!
And yes – the Xiao Long Baos in Taipei do taste different: softer skin (slightly stickier) and the soup is Heavenly! If you are already a fan of the yummy Xiao Long Baos at the Singapore branches of Din Tai Fung, then you have to try the Taipei branches – IT JUST GETS BETTER!
Isn’t this mascot adorable? It has a ‘bao’ for its head! Here’s the ‘mini me’ version:
Anyway, for those who are residing in Singapore, you have 12 outlets to go to but be prepared to queue – they are all popular! View the addresses of the Singapore outlets here.
If you are going to Taipei and would like to try their better-than-best Xiao Long Baos, here are the addresses of the outlets:
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