After exploring Taipei 101 mall and observatory deck, we headed to the basement food area and easily found Din Tai Fung. At 4:30 pm there was no wait and we were seated within minutes. We were given menus in English and given instructions how to order by checking off what you want on the order slip. If you’re not sure what you want, just select a variety of their signature dishes but you must have the signature pork XiaoLongBao dumplings. A side note – we were told that the chefs experimented with different variations but the best is each dumpling weighs exactly 21 grams and has 18 folds. The shrimp and pork potstickers were a favorite and so were the sesame and taro buns.
All the staff speaks English and are very helpful in assisting with your order, showing you how to properly eat, refilling your tea, clearing plates, timing your orders so your table is never empty and your desert comes at the end. We were seated right in front of the window into the kitchen and it was very interesting watching them make the dumplings. The bill for our family of 4 came to 1500 NT$. Do not miss this great dining experience-we had a lot of fun.
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