|Crowded on a Saturday night!|
I usually don't head out much for dinner, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, mainly because I know how crowded places get. In a nutshell, it's smart to book a reservation if there is such an option.
Din Tai Fung was bustling when we got there just before 6 p.m. Luckily, we had a reservation for around 6:30. In the meantime, all the people waiting can watch the employees making the dim sum on the other side of the glass window.
Yeah, parking might be an issue here, but if you can find a spot in one of the nearby parking lots at the traditionally busy times, more power to you.
|Add soy sauce and vinegar to this ginger for a nice dipping sauce|
Or be like me and just eat the ginger straight
There are a ton of amazing choices on the menu, and I got a chance to try several items.
The cucumber appetizer actually arrived last because they forgot about it, but it was quite tasty. A chilled dish that probably got a bit of sesame oil and chile oil (something like that). Great stuff.
The Juicy Pork Dumplings ($9.50 for 10) are not like any dumpling I've had in the past. A small well of pork broth is hidden inside the dumpling, so you'll really get hit with a burst of hot broth when biting in. The broth is well controlled on flavor, not too salty and extremely addicting. I'm sure all of us wanted at least a couple orders (20 dumplings) just for ourselves.
|Juicy Pork Dumplings|
Next up, some Pork Chop Fried Rice ($8.75 with white rice). Awesome breading on the pork chops and cooked to a solid golden brown. The rice brought some slight flavor of its own but still allowed the pork chops to have the spotlight.
|Pork Chop Fried Rice|
|Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai|
|Chicken Fried Noodles|
We were vultures and attacked it before I could get a picture
|Sauteed Green Beans in Garlic|
(Again, we attacked like mad, so here's my portion)
|Inside the sesame dumpling|
Brave the wait (or heck man, just book a reservation) and find some parking. Din Tai Fung is definitely worth the trip. I can't thank my friends enough for inviting me. 9/10