Din Tai Fung is a famous Taiwanese restaurant chain serving high-quality Taiwanese cuisine. There are 4 stores in the Seattle area. We loved the food so much and ended up having it for lunch twice during our trip!
Lunch, Day 2
We attempted to visit the Bellevue restaurant on Day 1, but we had no luck. The wait time in the evening was more than an hour, so we gave up and went to our hotel without dinner. Thus, after our brief visit to Starbucks Reserve Roastery (which I can’t review without visiting again), we headed to the Din Tai Fung at Pacific Place. It was a wise choice to visit the restaurant at 11 am as there was no line up at all.
We started our lunch with the appetizer, Seaweed & Beancurd In a Vinegar Dressing. It was 100% Taiwanese flavour which made me homesick. Seasoned bean curds or seaweeds are common appetizers at noodle bars in Taiwan.
Next, we had the Hot & Sour Soup. It was as spicy as I expected even though the red oil was quite visible on the surface of the soup. It was another dish that we didn’t have for a long time. It was very simple with only eggs, shrimp, and green onion.
The main dish of the day was their famous Pork XiaoLongBao. They are made fresh daily at the restaurant, and you can see staff members making them in the kitchen. The main feature is the hot soup on the inside which is not oily at all. They were so delicious and awesome! We also ordered the mini verson which is only available on weekends, but they were not as good as the regular ones.
Lunch, Day 3
We loved the food so much, so we came to the restaurant at University Village. Our goal this time was to try their braised beef noodle soup. It was the best I’ve ever had for many years, and I don’t think the beef noodle soups in Vancouver can’t compete with Din Tai Fung. The soup was in true Taiwanese flavour, and the beef chunks were very tender.
I also ordered the shrimp fried rice even though I was pretty full with the food from Pike Place Market. It was a simple one with only shrimp, egg, and chopped green onions, but I think it is better to be simple than complicated. Ii smelled very good and I could taste the freshness of all ingredients.
My sister had the Vegetable & Pork Wonton Soup. It was also good, but I love the beef noodle soup and the fried rice more.
It is unfortunate that Din Tai Fung is not available in Canada due to trademark issues. I think I would visit Din Tai Fung every month if they have a store in Vancouver. I really can’t wait to go back again!
Din Tai Fung Info
Din Tai Fung Pacific Place
Address: 600 Pine St #403, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Din Tai Fung University Village
Address: 2621 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA