Din Tai Fung

  4.4 rating over 6 reviews
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1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007-7508
(Near the intersection of S Baldwin Ave and Arcadia Ave)

Neighborhoods: Arcadia
Cuisine: Dim Sum, Chinese, Dumplings

Din Tai Fung is a Dim Sum, Chinese, and Dumplings restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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mh2mh

 Los Angeles, CA
Din Tai Fung 4.0
 

yay for thin skin xlb

These are my favorite XLB’s because I like the skin thin, and theirs are the thinnest. The noodle soups, sauteed greens, all the xlb’s, desserts, fried rice, everything is good, and consistently good, each time I’ve gone. The hot and sour soup is so so. The beef noodle is not the best I’ve had, but it’s still pretty good. The food is very reliable. And with the expansion, it’s become so much easier to pop by and not worry so much about it taking forever to be seated.

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hippo2

 Los Angeles, CA
Din Tai Fung 2.0
 

Meh

Native Taiwanese say that the Din Tai Fung (DTF) in Taipei is a tourist trap, mainly pandering to Japanese tourists. Its soup dumpling is a poor Japanese man’s version of a real soup dumpling from Shanghai. Most people agree that the Taiwanese DTF branch is better than the Arcadia branch. If that is the case, then the Arcadia branch serves a homeless American man’s version of the Shanghainese delicacy. Though still edible, the DTF Arcadia dumplings herald disappointment if you’ve ever had non-touristy shao long bao.

Shao long bao should boast a fine, translucent skin just substantial enough to shore in the velvety heartiness of seasoned meat bathing in its juices. The ones at DTF Arcadia don’t. In fact, the skin stuck to the basket, which is enough to make a dumpling advocate want to chuck the sticky offender at the chef’s forehead. Shao long bao should also be steaming hot; the DTF Arcadia ones were lukewarm and required a 45-minute wait. Worst of all, the filling of the DTF Arcadia shao long bao had a thoughtless, one-dimensional taste that let out a dumpling-curdling scream of “generic!”

I would not begrudge DTF Taipei and Arcadia so much if they were offering fast, cheap food instead. On the contrary, native Taiwanese consider DTF Taipei relatively expensive, and DTF Arcadia ain’t too cheap either. Yet, both restaurants still require lengthy waits. To me, DTF’s 15-minutes are up; it’s time to let a real dumpling house in on the dough to satisfy eager, hungry Americans. For a cheaper, tastier, and faster soup dumpling in Los Angeles, I recommend that you go try the Shanghainese restaurant (I forget the name) next to Dragon Mark in San Gabriel. You might have to bring a friend who speaks Chinese to go eat there, but you’ll be rewarded with truly inspired soup dumplings instead of the muted, monotonous Shanghai souvenirs at DTF Arcadia.

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RL_Stine

 Irvine, CA
Din Tai Fung 4.0
 

Din Tai Fung

Dumplings, thats all you get here. This place has a rep of its own, juicy dumplings. you have to deal with a long wait, especially if youre like me, not very chinese because this place is monsterously crowded and parking is a pain, but you get to enjoy some dumplings served in a little bamboo steamer thing. I would say come here if you happen to be in the area, but don’t go too far out of your way. You might be tempted to rave about this place, but you have to keep in mind that by the time you actually eat you are starving, so the doughy goodness makes you overly extatic. again, try if youre near arcadia.

Juicy Pork Dumpling (10 pcs)

The doughy outside is what makes these dumplings stand out, and the explosion of juice in your mouth is really nice.

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ThaiBruin

 Los Angeles, CA
Din Tai Fung 4.0
 

Juicy Steamed Dumplings

I have heard so much about their soup dumplings that my expectations were high. When my non-Asian friend finally took me to eat there, it was everything I expected and more. There is no word to describe adequately what I felt when I first bite into my first steamed pork dumpling. The minute the dumpling wrap is punctured, the delicious warm juice came spilling out to tantalize my taste buds. I think that is the best part of the dumpling although the meat and wrap were pretty flavorful. We also tried the pork and shrimp dumplings, and they were not as tasty as the pork ones.

There were 10 dumplings in the bamboo steamer, and we had to count them out evenly between the two of us. No one was to cheat the other out of their share. LOL

Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait for a table, it was a Friday late morning. Parking in front was available. I heard that there is usually an hour wait to eat on the weekends, especially during brunch time.

Din Tai Fung 5.0
 

After the famous one in Taipei, this...

After the famous one in Taipei, this restaurant truly follows suit… after probably having hundreds of Xiao Long Bao in my lifetime, this place has the most delicately prepared, succuluent, juicy dumplings with a great depth of flavor.

Appetizer plates are flavorful (try the Shanghai one), and they also have very light versions of traditional Taiwanese comfort food, Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, Pork Chop Fried Rice, and Sauteed String Beans.

The 8-flavor rice and Red Bean dumplings make for a great dessert…

Din Tai Fung 5.0
 

I wanted to review the one on East ZhongXiao Rd. in Taipe...

I wanted to review the one on East ZhongXiao Rd. in Taipei, but of course Facebook only allows US and Canadian restaurants. Bogus. Go and see/taste for yourself the best and soupiest little steamed buns (I don’t thing Xiao Long Bao = Dumplings) you’ll ever have. Super prices for an American tourist to Taiwan. Decent dimsum and good old school Taiwanese-style noodles.

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Sun 10:30AM - 02:30PM
Sun 05:00PM - 09:00PM
Mon-Fri 11:00AM - 02:30PM
Mon-Fri 05:00PM - 09:30PM
Sat 10:30AM - 02:30PM
Sat 05:00PM - 09:30PM
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Din Tai Fung  Restaurant Reviews

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  • 06/07/2013 - A diner from Los Alamitos, CA tried it and liked it.
  • 08/15/2013 - A diner from Covina, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.
  • 09/08/2013 - A diner from Fontana, CA tried it.
  • 12/31/2013 - A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it.
Din Tai Fung is located near the cities of Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Victoria, East Pasadena, and East San Gabriel.
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