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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