The Best Dumplings in Taipei, Taiwan
I’m not really sure what I’m doing in Taiwan. You ever wake up one morning and say to yourself, today I’d really like to go somewhere new? Maybe a new part of town or a new restaurant you’ve never been to? Today I felt like that, but I wanted some “real deal” Chinese food, so I flew to Taipei!
After a wonderful first night stay, I decided to stay for a full week at the Dong Wu hotel on the west side of town. (I always book hotels for only one night and then push the desk clerks for discounts to extend my stay). My room was well appointed, “hospital clean” and at about $60 USD a night, is quite reasonable by big city Taipei prices.
Taipei itself is a efficient, clean and modern city. Nice cars and modern buildings abound. It’s a Chinese version of Singapore (albeit slightly less developed). Cab rides and food are much less expensive than America and an apartment will run you 50% to 75% off of normal US prices.
People are hungry to make money here and they are surprisingly smarter than average Americans in recent testing. People also seem to be more alert, tuned into technology and have more good old fashioned common sense. If I spoke Mandarin it would be a great place to stay for a long time.
I hope you’re hungry, it’s time to talk about food. I’m licking my lips and chomping at the bit to tell you about the delectable restaurant I found! Whenever the name DinTaiFung is mentioned in Taiwan, the first thing that people think of is small, delicately steamed dumplings. The restaurant is known locally and internationally in over 10 countries for it’s amazing pork dumplings.
These dumplings are as good as Lindt chocolates with their chocolate shell and delectably smooth chocolate fillings; except that Din Tai Fung’s perfect dumplings are made of a soft noodle exterior and inside, have hand minced pork, spices and the worlds tastiest broth. Imagine placing one in your mouth, gently biting in to the steamed warmth and tasting a delicious broth with minced meat that melts in your mouth with a lingering, savory taste of juicy perfection.
Din Tai Fung has turned dinner into an art form with additional sauces to dip your dumplings into and the service at the restaurant will blow you away. I’ve never seen a more precise, well organized, military like operation. If you’re in Taipei, Seattle, Los Angeles or any of their other locations, you’ve got to try it!