Din Tai Fung

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Din Tai Fung is a Michelin-star awarded international restaurant chain, specializing in soup dumplings or xiaolongbao (as pictured above). My parents have been to one of the two branches in the Los Angeles area, but left unimpressed. In contrast, I was always impressed with the dumplings at the Din Tai Fung in Beijing. The dumpling skins are extremely thin, and the soup is plentiful and steaming –  not burning – hot. I documented my last visit to Din Tai Fung in Beijing where I shared a meal with my sister and my friend Hannah.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

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Sesame Noodles – these were bomb.

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Greens.

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Mushroom Dumplings. It took them about 45 minutes to come out with these dumplings. We were waiting a long time, I’m not sure exactly what happened. I made a fuss about it and so they gave us complimentary dessert.

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Han + dumpling!

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Red Bean Dumplings. One of my sister’s best friends highly recommends these, but I was always skeptical. I’m not a huge fan of red bean. I was pleasantly surprised. The red bean was obviously very high quality and the dumpling skin was thin and delectable.

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Seoul Food: Highlights

 

Let the food photos speak for themselves.

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Some BanChan – the smorgasbord of complimentary appetizers that appear before or along with a Korean meal.

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Kimchi Dumplings at Sinpo Woori Mandoo House.

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Sikhye – sweet Korean rice drink.

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Hottoek – fried rice cake with brown sugar in the middle.

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Dok – an assorted variety of rice cakes. The best were the fried ones, like an asian version of the donut hole.

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Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

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Milk Bread at Tous Les Jours. There are Tous Les Jours bakeries all over Asia, and I decided to finally try one in Korea, where the chain originally started. The baked goods are surprisingly terrific. The textures and flavors are on-spot. This bread was delightfully light and fluffy, with just a hint of sweetness. IMG_0142

Iced Mango Dessert per my sister’s request.

 

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