Dumplings are a staple whenever we order Chinese take-out. We love experience of eating the small portions of ground meat stuffed in a pocket of steamed dough. It was only recently that we acknowledged the soup dumpling, a much more savory companion to the standard dumpling. Soup dumplings, in our mind, is like a savory Fruit Gushers candy. If you’ve ever had Fruit Gushers, the candy liquid center profusely exudes a sweet sugary center after taking a bite through each piece. Soup dumplings are similar in the experience. As soon as you bite into a soup dumpling, the center explodes with a salty and savory liquid center with morsels of meat.
Din Tai Fung is known throughout California for their Taiwanese Pork Xiao Long Bao, otherwise known as a pork soup dumpling. We don’t usually eat pork as we try to stick to fish and white meat options as much as possible, however we decided to try an order of these. We were amazed at how flavorful each bite was. The pork was perfectly tender and the soup filling had just the right amount of salt to prevent us from gulping down our glasses of water. Keeping with the pork theme, we also tried their pork fried rice. We were completely blown away. As two people who generally don’t like pork, we found both dishes to be tender, savory, and delicious. We tried their fish dumplings as well, but let’s just say that this dumpling was drier and less flavorful than we expected.
We will definitely be back to one of the Din Tai Fung restaurants to have more of the Pork Xiao Long Bao and the pork fried rice whenever we’re in the mood to indulge and have red meat.
Overall Rating: 14.9/15
Din Tai Fung
4177 Caruso Avenue Glendale, CA 91210