Wednesday, September 26, 2012



So I had this dim sum place bookmarked in my smarter-than-me-phone for our next food adventure. Shortly later, the food team were on our way back heading north on the 710 again... on a never ending search for good Chinese food!
Just 10 miles away from where we were the last time, Din Tai Fung was also off of the 10 freeway. It's a trip how many Chinese people live up there. All the restaurants and bakeries really speak out to me though (maybe more like SCREAM out to me) to go back for more and more.

Din Tai Fung was super frickin' busy. The wait was an hour to get seated, but Nalu was napping in the truck and there were TWO Chinese bakeries in the same parking lot to fend off our hunger. So while we waited for them to text message us that our table was ready, we had a couple of pork buns and tried to survive the 103 degree heat.
Inside Din Tai Fung was a trip. They have 3 rooms to the place. We sat in what looked like the main hall, pictured above. It's got the most grand entrance and decorated pretty nicely. They also have an upstairs and another seating area on the other side of the building, with one central kitchen that serves all.
To start, we had the pork soup dumplings, aka xiaolongbao. Gotta be careful with these, the soup in them is made in the core of the earth. HOT AS ALL HELL! Give them a minute to cool... but don't wait too long either. Delicious, yes, but maybe not the best ever (my search continues...).

They were out of the Bok Choy at the moment so we ordered the Spinach instead. Always eat something green!
Above is the House Shrimp Fried Noodle.
More greenery, Broccoli w/heavy GARLIC! The left over broccoli made an amazing omelet the next morning...
Shrimp and Pork Shumai. These may have been better than the pork dumpling.
Fried Pork Chop. Gotta get the Chinese style pork chop every time. Should've ordered it over fried rice though.
Pork Rice Cakes. It's noodles in 'medallion' form, basically. Like pasta, the different shape of the noodle makes for a different type of dish. Loved it.
Vegetable and Pork Dumplings. Can't get enough dumplings. We actually 2 or 3 more dishes that I forgot to photograph, which also including a Taro Dumpling which we had for dessert. Well, mostly of which I had for dessert!
All these guys in this big glass windowed room where making dumplings, all by hand.

Just a 20 minute drive up the 710 (yes, I even timed it) on a Sunday morning, you have no excuse but to check this place out. No traffic going either way, it is so worth the drive and eat along the 10 freeway for Chinese/Taiwanese food rather than heading to Downtown L.A's Chinatown.

Check this place out, I recommend it! 

Din Tai Fung
1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-7068

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