Juicy dumplings!

I had heard about Din Tai Fung for years since I have a friend who was born and raised in Arcadia.  It was intruiging to hear about these dumplings that squirt out soup when you bite into them.  How do they capture soup in the dumplings when making them?!?

We invited a couple other friends along for this Saturday morning brunch.  I was told to get there right when the restaurant opens at 10 AM otherwise, we’d have to wait at least an hour to get a table.  This place is THAT popular.  We had a straggler in the group who arrived 10 minutes late so we did end up waiting a few minutes before we were seated. 

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 My mouth was watering before we even sat down because I looked at what other people had ordered.  We ordered the juicy pork dumplings (a MUST HAVE), the mini juicy pork dumplings (a weekend special – they were oh-so-cute!),  chicken dumplings, vegetable dumplings, rice and pork shu mai, chicken noodle soup and red bean dumplings for dessert.  Needless to say, we were stuffed at the end of the meal.

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I loved the rice inside the shu mai.  It made it very flavorful and filling.

I did a little research and even found a recipe for these steamed soup dumplings called Xiao Long Bao.  Inside the dumpling are little pockets of gelatinized broth made from chicken, pork and cured ham. When you steam the dumpling, the broth melts.  Genius!!

It was unbelievable how crowded this restaurant was when we left and the parking lot was madness too.  I would definitely like to go again in the near future but this time, get there right before the restaurant opens or at least right on time!

1108 S. Baldwin Ave.  Arcadia, CA (locations in Taipei and Tokyo as well)

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2 Comments on “Juicy dumplings!”

  1. jenny Says:

    you should get the xiao long bao and sheng jian bao at kang kang’s…. it’s in alhambra. and you can go at night if you want to eat them then. the sheng jian bao is a fried version of the xiao long. soooo goood! can you bring some to hawaii when you come? hahaha…

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/kang-kang-food-court-alhambra

  2. Boyfriend Says:

    The dumplings were so awesome. The Xiao Long Bao were the best! It seems that for the most part the dumplings were the best. I probably could have opened a can of chicken broth and put some cooked chicken into it along with some noodles and it might have tasted the same as the soup there. In fact mine might have more flavor. I think we also had shrimp and pork dumplings. The vegetable dumplings were… interesting I guess would be the nicest way to put it. But yeah this place was packed. And I mean packed. They have two separate restaurants right by each other and in both sides all the tables were full. Did I mention the Xiao Long Bao was the best?


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