Din Tai Fung is one of my new favorite restaurants.

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“Din Tai Fung” in Chinese characters and the English spelling.

It’s a unique Taiwanese dim sum eatery with restaurants around the world (mostly in East Asia, South East Asia, and Australia) and some of their franchises have even won Michelin stars! Unfortunately, the closest Din Tai Fung is 2,798 miles away from me in Arcadia, California. Maybe I’ll have the chance to visit it one day. At Din Tai Fung, dumplings are king. An entire team of chefs carefully craft each dumpling. In fact, they weigh each dumpling and also make soup dumplings and buns.

The chefs at work.
The chefs at work.

Usually, soup dumplings are made of pork, so I cannot eat them. However, Din Tai Fung serves delicious chicken soup dumplings, which I devoured on my visit. The restaurant also serves up rich taro buns. Taro is a potato and, when sweetened it turns a magical purple color.

The CHICKEN dumplings!
The CHICKEN dumplings!

I was lucky enough to dine at the Din Tai Fung in Taipei’s Taipei 101 skyscraper, which was once the world’s tallest building (101 stories, get it?). I ate there with a Taiwanese friend and her boyfriend. I was her housemate while we studied abroad in Spain several years earlier. I was tired that day having just arrived in Taipei after a grueling 16 hours and 10-minute non-stop flight from my hometown, so this reunion meal hit the spot. Later in my trip, I had the opportunity eat at the restaurant again with my tour group, and the food was just as delicious as the first time. I wholeheartedly recommend Din Tai Fung.

Taipei 101 is named for its 101 stories.
Taipei 101 is named for its 101 stories.