Thursday, September 03, 2009

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House





Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia
626-574-7068

Din Tai Fung is a chain from Taiwan that is well know for the Xiao Long Bao dumplings (XLB) or in English, juicy pork dumpling. What makes an XLB dumpling different is that there is actually juice inside the dumpling. I have seen many reviews raving about Din Tai Fung and swear it is the best place for dumplings in LA. But I also saw one idiot from Yelp, who gave Din Tai Fung one star because he was Jewish and didn't eat pork. Hello, stupid!!!! if you don't eat pork, why are you going? They do have other non pork items. But this is why yelp is a stupid site.

I got the juicy pork dumpling, $7.25 and the juicy pork and crab dumpling, $9.
The juicy pork dumpling took forever to arrive because they were in the steamer. So they arrive hot!!! The dumplings are small about bite sized. They are filled with nicely flavored pork. The juice is very good, of course it has a pork flavor and was hot.

The basic way to eat these juicy dumplings, is to put them in a spoon and take a bite. If any juice comes out, it will go on the spoon.

The juicy pork and crab dumpling wasn't as hot as the pork dumplings. The amount of meat was about the same as the pork and went about 60-40 pork to crab ratio, so there was a good amount of crab. This was nice and flavorful but I think it would have been better if it was served hotter. It was about warm.

Service is OK. You walk in and they give you a menu, for you to write what you want. The juicy pork and crab dumpling came out quickly. But the juicy pork dumpling took forever. 3-5 servers came by and looked at the menu but either the dumplings were taking forever to steam or they thought someone else was going to get the order. I soon found out that it was worth the wait because the dumplings are much better when served hot.

Din Tai Fung did not live up to it's billing. It is good, it's not great. I wouldn't rush back to Din Tai Fung but I would go back there if I'm in the area. I went to the original LA location. The new location is literally behind the original location. I heard the hostess, ask a couple if they wanted to wait for a table or go to the new location, which had a table open.