DIN TAI FUNG - WHAT TO ORDER (& WHAT TO SKIP)
LA has 3 locations: back to back ones in Arcadia/the San Gabriel Valley (put your name down at both) and the one at the Americana in Glendale. The wait is never as long as they say it will be.
- •String beans
- •CucumbersAnd I'm not usually a cucumber fan
- •All the dumplingsThis is why you're here. They're all great. Assume 8-10 dumplings a person and they come 10 in an order!
- •Especially XiaoLongBaoThese are the soup dumplings, yum!
- •Shrimp and pork Shao MaiIt comes with an adorable little shrimp lodged on top.
- •Hot & Sour soupOr wonton soup. Or skip the soup because soup is filling.
- •Noodles with sesame sauceMaybe the best I've ever had. Or possibly a tie with the ones at Pine & Crane.
- •Noodles with spicy sauce.Similar to above but also v tasty.
- •Shanghai rice cake with anythingIt's hard to describe these gummy slices of heaven, they look like a water chestnut but they're chewy and apparently rice?
- •Pork rice bunThis is different than the buns I warn against below.
- •Get a beer.
- •Sweet Taro dumplingsYou might be like oh no I'm too full I can't have more dumplings but these are delish and weird so man up.
- •SKIP: all the fried rice, I swear it's not good.
- •SKIP: all the buns! They are not good, especially if you've ever had a Momofuku pork bun. Dumplings are the main event here. The pork bun is literally a pork meatball in a flavorless bun with no garnish.
- •SKIP: I also think the other noodle dishes aren't as good as the ones I mentioned above.
- •SKIP: Red bean.For dessert don't be fooled by the name recognition of red bean, taro is better!