Din Tai Fung is THE place to go for soup dumplings. No contest. From Taiwan to United States to Australia to Japan, Din Tai Fung is internationally known for their consistently excellent quality in food and service (all the waiters are required to know how to pronounce Xiao Long Bao correctly). You can tell from the amount of people willing to wait over 2 hours that the Din Tai Fung in Arcadia is no exception.
How to eat a soup dumpling like a pro:
Prepping the sauce – pour a little vinegar over the small dish of ginger. Soy sauce & hot sauce optional.
Getting the dumpling – Use your chopsticks to carefully peel your chosen dumpling off the paper and gently transfer it to your soup spoon
Let the steam out – bite a little hole on the twisted top of the dumpling. This will help let out some of the trapped heat so when you bite into it, you don’t burn yourself!
Sauce it up – I use the ginger strips to help drip some sauce into the hole and I also put a few strands of ginger in there too. Don’t over sauce! A little goes a long way!
Nom it!! – now spoon the whole dumpling into your mouth. No drip. No mess. Just let the deliciousness wash over you.
Juicy, salty, vinegary, umami packed filling all wrapped in a thin, chewy skin perfectly packaged for bite sized moments of bliss. Yes. I love soup dumplings. I will always be down to get some and I will never be ashamed of this love.
Din Tai Fung: http://dintaifungusa.com/
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