Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101: How to Eat Taiwanese Soup Dumplings!

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One of the most famous restaurant in all of Taipei is Din Tai Fun, a restaurant that’s become famous and even synonymous for serving soup dumplings known as xiao long bao. The original location of Din Tai Fung, located on Xinyi street is only one of the many locations now around Taipei and even around the world. But since we were already visiting the Taipei 101, we decided to skip the original location and eat at the Din Tai Fung Taipei 101 branch for lunch one day.

One of the best things about the restaurant is the service and the branding – it almost runs like a fast food restaurant – the system works so well, yet of course they serve much higher quality food. We arrived to the restaurant at about 11 am and luckily that was early enough to beat the main Taipei lunch rush. We got situated down, and made our order. The dumplings are all handmade inside the restaurant, and as soon as you enter you’ll notice a small army of white dressed dumpling makers who look like they work at a hospital, but in fact they are making world class dumplings – all by hand.

The Din Tai Fung menu includes quite a few different things, but really the only reason everyone goes there is mainly to eat soup dumplings, the xiao long bao – everything else on the menu is sort of secondary, though it’s nice to have a variety of different foods on the table. But let’s start with the xiao long bao soup dumplings. What I really enjoyed about the xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101 is that they were very delicate. The wrapper wasn’t too thick, but it was just nice and thin and the pork mixture inside was delicate and flavorful, but not overly salty like it can sometimes be. In order to eat xiao long bao, there was a handy instructions card on the table at the restaurant. The first step was to add some soy sauce and vinegar to your dipping bowl, then dip a dumpling into the sauce and top with ginger, then put your dumpling in your spoon and poke a hole in the wrapper to release all the soup juice, and then eat it all in one bite. The instructions worked well and I successfully enjoy all the xiao long bao.

Along with the soup dumplings another dish I tried was the minced pork topped noodles which came with a pile of hand-made noodles on the bottom with a minced pork and Chinese sausage mixture on the top. It was a little on the plain side, but it was pretty good. We also ordered a few other side dishes like pickled cucumber and the Din Tai Fung salad, all of which were good, but nothing compared to the xiao long bao.

Again, there are a number of location of Din Tai Fung around Taipei, and the Taipei 101 branch is a really nice restaurant. It’s clean, the service is really good, and it’s all about those soup dumplings.

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50 Replies to “Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101: How to Eat Taiwanese Soup Dumplings!”

  1. marcus cerff

    I gotta ask because the curiosity alone would just kill me….Mark do you make the same faces when eating alone? Is the face where your eyes close, then start to laugh followed by an "oh wow!"(lol) a sincere face? Like would you do that by yourself even if the cameras weren't rolling? Hope to hear back. Blessings and keep doing the amazing work you do!!!

  2. Sunny Han

    I always watch this guy and something always seemed off about him. I just realized what it is. He RARELY blinks! I think this sufficiently supports my theory that he's an 👽.

  3. Julio Mercado


  4. Queen Hylia

    your face…your face when eating. such passion…I've never experienced this before. you make it seem like you're eating heaven and i-i want it

  5. fredrik Liljeblad

    i ADORE Shao Rong Bao–they are my second favourite Yum Cha! My favourite is the kind that is fried on the bottom, but steamed on the top and served with sesame seeds and minced scallions on top. I adore them. Fun Goh and prawn balls encased in toasted almonds are my next favourites, followed by chicken feet in black bean sauce. As you can tell, I eat yum cha everywhere I travel to or live–bangkok, taiwan, hong kong, san francisco, tokyo, san diego, new york, etc.

  6. Ken Riccio poems

    This guy is a douche, him and his perfect speech pronouncing every letter in every word like a machine.. Mr. robot.. the best guy on food tube is the food ranger..

  7. Lina Cepeda

    Dined here as well , 101 Taipei tower . Been to DTF , Central Embassy branch , 5th floor , Bangkok several times . XLB is a burst of great flavors . Another favorite of mine at DTF , Central Embassy is a dish , Dao Mien ( pea pod sprouts ) with slivers of pork , so simple yet so divine . Caution though , the DTF branch that opened in Megamall , Mandaluyong , Manila , Phil does not hold up to the DTF legacy , a great disappointment .

  8. Loi Heroux

    FYI. His videos are great but if he wouldn’t make that facial expression when he ate something good. It looks hideous & annoyed . Prefer to see more pics of the episodes other than his face closed up on the screen. Btw the workers are covering their faces & hair for sanitary issues. And the white uniforms represent purity & cleanliness. The ways Mark’s comments about the workers uniforms are inappropriate . Medical staff is not the only profession who wears white .

  9. Daniel Choy

    Why would you poke a hole in the dumpling and drink it separately from the dumpling? Isn't that the gimmick of xiao long baos? That you can eat the soup in the dumpling?

  10. Pengyi Gu

    I would like to try Din Tai Fung some day, super curious about it.
    One thing is I cannot remember even one time I use spoon during the eating Xiaolongbao. Shanghainese never use spoon I think.

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