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Juicy dumplings!

February 27, 2008

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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