Watch the World's Most Famous Soup Dumplings Get Made at Din Tai Fung
The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.
Dumpling chain restaurant Din Tai Fung, which started in Taiwan and now has branches everywhere from Australia to Thailand, is famous for their soup dumplings. They got this way by taking quality very seriouslyso seriously, in fact, that every single dumpling must have exactly 18 folds in it.
While you wait for your table in what will surely be a line, you can get up close to the well-trained and well-paid experts who make every dumpling into a work of art. Above is a video of the chefs working on some pork dumplings at the Din Tai Fung location inside the Taiwan 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan.
If you can't make it all the way to Taiwan, no worries; there are US locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. (The brand has threatened to come to NYC, but so far they haven't made it to the East Coast.) In addition to the 18-fold dumplings, they also offer cucumbers in chili sauce, braised beef stew, pork buns, and other nosh.
[Video: Lilit M]