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Din Tai Fung – Tiapei


I wanted to check out  Din Tai Fung and see how it compared to the Sydney outlets.  I had just arrived in Taiwan , in my hotel room and I look out the window and see Taipei 101. Knowing there was a Din Tai Fung there I headed there for dinner. They also have many other locations around Taipei too and I later found one just down the road of where I was staying.

Taipei 101 has a shopping mall at the bottom floors very much like Sydney tower and Westfields, off to the side of the food court is Din Tai Fung. Like Sydney there is a large gathering of people out the front waiting to get in. I line up get a number and wait to see my number on the screen. You are also given a menu and order form. The menu is in English and Chinese but the form is in Chinese only. The menu is all numbered so is the order form so for non Chinese readers like me you just have to look up what you want in the menu and then mark the number of it on the menu.

Even on a what looked like a busy Friday night I didn’t have to wait too long, only about 10 minutes, then within minutes of sitting down the food was on the table.


Out the front of the restaurant

Menu – Dimpling Man


Xiao Long Bao 

Xiao Long Bao Ready To Eat

Beans with minced pork

Pork chop fried rice

Steamed Pork buns 

Inside the Pork bun 


So to compare to Sydney the main two differences are price and service. All this food you see here cost about $20 AUD!. Yes it’s a big busy restaurant but all the staff were all very friendly and helpful  in stark contrast to Sydney where it seems like the staff  just are there for herding people in and out. Going from memory of what the Sydney store’s dishes taste like, I could not taste any difference. Same recipe, same taste. There were some subtle differences but I think that is just the taste from the local ingredients coming through in the dishes.


Din Tai Fung – Taipei 101 Mall


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  • Reply gastronomous anonymous March 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    oh i love DTF! it is WAY so much cheaper in Taipei than sydney! looks good though

    • Reply Joseph March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I love DTF too! Even better when you don’t have to pay Sydney prices for it 🙂

  • Reply Miss Piggy March 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

    It’s like you’ve made a pilgrimage to Dumpling Mecca – lucky you! And so cheap too…I love our DTF but I agree it’s a bit pricey.

    • Reply Joseph March 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Yep Sydney prices for there dumplings are a bit steep!

  • Reply Jenny April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    DTF is delicious, expensive, but each time you know it’s going to be good!

  • Reply joey@FoodiePop April 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I wouldn’t have expected much difference either. That pork chop looks bigger than the fried rice!

  • Reply Joseph April 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Jenny – yea its always good 🙂 would be nice if it was cheaper…

    Joey – the pork chop was huge!

  • Reply April May 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been warned about the wait at DTF in Taipei so I’m glad to know that it can be as little as 10mins on a Friday night. I can’t believe how cheap the food is! Awesome! Looking forward to finally trying DTF as we don’t have one in Melbourne (yet)

    • Reply Joseph May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I might have been lucky to have such a short wait not sure but the the line did seem to move quick for the smaller groups… The food is great and cheap!

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