I remember watching an episode of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain, he was in Taiwan sipping and munching on these soup dumplings at a place called Din Tai Fung. I was totally jealous after seeing that and immediately put Taiwan on my list of places I must go.
My brother informed me there are a few different Din Tai Fung restaurants all over, one in Bangkok (too late, we had already moved home), one in LA (not my most favorite place), one in Seattle (Ding Ding!). The Husband and I had been planning to take holiday and landed on Seattle and Vancouver. I was so excited about being able to visit Din Tai Fung and getting the soup dumplings. From the TV show, I discovered the soup dumplings were made by putting congealed soup and filling in the dumpling and as they steam the congealed soup returns to its liquid state. Below are some of my pictures from my visit to Din Tai Fung in Bellevue (just outside of Seattle), Washington.
This little dumpling mascot greets you at the door. Cute!
The restaurant has an open area in front where you can see all the dumpling makers. Pretty cool.
Can I hire these guys for my kitchen?
Our friendly waiter. A great waiter/waitress can make or break a dining experience and ours made our dim sum adventure incredible. He was very thorough explaining everything to us and took very good care of us.
I wish I could have ordered one of everything!
Sweet and sour pork spare ribs.
These spare ribs were sweet and sticky and oh so delicious!
When you order dumplings they bring you a dish of sliced ginger, to this you add one part soy sauce and three parts vinegar for the perfect dumpling dipping sauce.
The famous soup dumplings. We ordered the pork and crab ones. I could have eaten this whole basket to myself but since I love the Husband, I shared, ha ha!
Gorgeous little dumpling. My mouth waters just thinking about them.
Sauteed spinach with garlic. Always order some greens!
Fresh made noodles with mince pork sauce.
Once you have had fresh noodles you will NEVER want any other kind. I need to go learn how to make these noodles!
We probably could have used a bigger table for all of our goodies.