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Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei


Remember in my previous post I was talking about an evening feast? THIS is it… Din Tai Fung! Even though I’ve eaten at Din Tai Fung in Malaysia, it’s still a must-visit for foodie like us when we visit Taiwan. After all it’s the birthplace of this famous eatery establishment.

My initial plan was to visit the original restaurant (at Xinyi Road) but I had to cancelled due to plan change. It happened on day 2; that’s when we replaced Din Tai Fung with Ippudo TW which wasn’t a bad choice at all. Though plan was modified, we still find ways to include Din Tai Fung into one of our dinners. And it happened on our day 4 in Taiwan. We choose the one at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi because we’re detouring to our dessert right after that. 😛

Din Tai Fung @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
We arrived at Din Tai Fung around 5.50pm. I thought we were fairly early. Well, wrong thinking. The restaurant were full and already many customers are waiting outside for their turn. We got the waiting number from these ladies and were told the estimated time.

Din Tai Fung @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Notice the washroom sign in this photo? One of the advantages of dining here is the close vicinity to the washroom. Hehe Also you can check out those yummy Taiwanese food souvenirs right in front of Din Tai Fung to pass your time while waiting.

Some chairs are located outside if you decide to sit and wait. These four legged furniture are a big hit with all ages, so don’t expect you can find an empty seat easily.

Din Tai Fung @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Or you can spend time looking at them making xiaolongbaos. The open kitchen concept is one of Din Tai Fung’s trademark.

Din Tai Fung @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
About 30 minutes later we were seated! Don’t worry, menu is in English.

Pork Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Pork xiaolongbao (10pcs) @ NT$200. Delish!

Crab Roe & Pork Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Crab roe and pork xiaolongbao (5pcs) @ NT$175. Again delish!

Crab Roe & Pork Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Inside of crab roe and pork xiaolongbao.

Truffle & Pork Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Truffle and pork xiaolongbao (5pcs) @ NT$450. Oh my… 😍

Truffle & Pork Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
A large piece of truffle.

Sauced Noodles With Mustard Greens & Shredded Pork @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Sauced noodles with mustard greens and shredded pork @ NT$150. I’ve never tried their dry/sauced noodles and so I didn’t gave it much expectation. But oh wow this is shockingly good. The pairing with mustard greens and pork with the noodles… wow! This is my favorite dish of the night.

Pork Chop Fried Rice @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Pork chop fried rice @ NT$210. Love it. Ahh… the wok hei!

Shredded Pork Fried Rice @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Shredded pork fried rice @ NT$170. Good too but I think one plate of fried rice is sufficient next time.

Stir-Fried Taiwanese Lettuce @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Stir-fried Taiwanese lettuce @ NT$180. Never had these lettuce before and it easily became one of my favorite. I ate this veggie again the next day at Formosa Chang.

Steamed Taro Xiaolongbao @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
For dessert we have steamed taro xiaolongbao (5pcs) @ NT$85. Normal taste.

Sesame Mochi In Sweet Rice Wine Soup (Hot) @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Sesame mochi in sweet rice wine soup @ NT$100. My least favorite of all. Most probably because we were stuffed!

We have leftovers and requested the food to be packed. Yeah, result of over-ordering (or being greedy!). Haha Funny thing is I wasn’t xiaolongbao overloaded despite ordering many. Instead I was fried rice overloaded!

Open Kitchen @ Din Tai Fung, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
Overall, I find the food taste consistent compared to the one I had in Malaysia. Bravo to them as I believe it’s quite difficult to achieve this kind of standard what more when you have so many stores worldwide.

Din Tai Fung @ Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi, Taipei
The service here is really top-notch (better than in Subang, Malaysia). The waitress and waiters really took care of us. They are professional, caring and friendly.

I can’t say the same for the ambiance because it was arrgggh-noisy. What can you expect when you’re in a Chinese restaurant packed full of customers right? 😉

Address:
Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi (store/building one)
B2 (basement 2), No. 12, Nanjing West Road,
Zhongshan District,
Taipei,
Taiwan.

Tel: (+886) 2 2511 1222
Opening time: 11am-9.30pm, daily
Nearest MRT: Zhongshan MRT

Note: Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi consist of three stores/buildings. Din Tai Fung is located at store 1. Refer to map below.

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