Din Tai Fung // Westfield Valley Fair
I've wanted to try soup dumplings since I learned about them. (which was from Buzzfeed)
Also, after Andrew Zimmerman visited Din Tai Fung in Taiwan!
I knew I would need to go check out these delectable dumplings eventually.
It just so happened that we were lucky on this day.
Din Tai Fung in San Jose has a 2 month waiting list to eat here.
+ if you wait in line, you then have to give your name & # and you could be possibly waiting another hour and a half (after waiting in the line to put your name down).
We were at the mall, walked by it and realized the line wasn't very long and that the restaurant itself wasn't open yet. Luckily, it opened at 5:00. So we waited a half hour and we were on of the lucky people to get a coveted bar spot at 5:00 on the dot.
Probably a good 10 minutes before you get in, you're handed a sheet/ a menu of sorts.
Before we even entered we had looked it over (multiple times) & wrote the amount that we wanted next to each item.
We realized that there was probably a good chance that this would be one of our only opportunities for a while to eat here. So we took full advantage of it!
Ordered the Pork & Crab XiaoLongBao <3
Soup dumpling heaven!
Chicken Fried Rice. Which lets face it!
Great where ever you go!
Shrimp & Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce.
There was something so familiar about this dish, but I can't pin point it. At the same time it was one of the most scrumptious items I have tried.
Shrimp and Pork Dumplings.
So these apparently aren't considered "soup dumplings", yet they were so juicy and flavorful that I still ate mine with a spoon, to make sure I grabbed all the broth like goodness.
My girlfriend also got the Braised Beef Noodle Soup.
I don't eat beef, therefore, I had none.
She did say that it is her favorite soup, even beating out Pho which she regarded as her favorite previously!
That's a big deal.
Let's take a moment to realize I am terrible, no horrible, when it comes to eating with chop sticks. I thought I was better than I was, then I tried to eat rice and my confidence in my self flew out the window.
Din Tai Fung was DEFINITELY worth the wait time and I will be returning.
Soup dumplings in general seems to be a whole delicious experience to enjoy with others.
And what could be better than that!
Miss Semi Sweet