Tradition That Crosses International Borders
Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.549.3388 | dintaifungusa.com
he holiday season for many holds a sense of joy and community that can only be evoked by the presence of a comforting meal paired with warm conversation and passing plates. For this reason, it has become quite the heart-warming tradition for eight of my friends and me to get together over steamed Shanghai-style dumplings, Sweet Taro Buns, and my personal favorite, Shanghai Rice Cakes, at Din Tai Fung.
Din Tai Fung offers a unique family-style experience. You are immediately greeted with a large window where children and adults alike can be mesmerized by the speed and accuracy in which the chefs are rolling and stuffing their famed Soup Dumplings in their exhibition kitchen. This only starts the excitement that then continues when you are handed an interactive menu in which your party marks the food items you want to share.
In my experience, this is always the liveliest part of dining at Din Tai Fung. Different menu item requests are being thrown across the table; “How about Noodles with Minced Pork?” “The Shrimp Fried Rice looks incredible,” “We should probably get some vegetables,” and “Is anyone else going to get a beer?”
Soon enough, the table will be filled with steaming Taiwanese dishes and mouthwatering aromas, and the plate passing begins. Everyone will find a flavor they enjoy, whether it’s the Hot & Sour soup, the Noodles with Sesame Sauce, or the various savory dumplings. Din Tai Fung is a place to branch out and try an unfamiliar dish because more likely than not; it will be a pleasant surprise.
Even with an inevitably full stomach, it is imperative that you ask for an order of Chocolate-filled XiaoLongBao. This is the last decadent bite you need to feel fully satisfied.
While my friends and I have a tradition of gathering and ‘breaking bread’ together at Din Tai Fung, the establishment is a tradition in and of itself. Originally founded in Taiwan in 1958, it has steadily become an esteemed gourmet restaurant known around the world. In 2010, Din Tai Fung’s branch in Hong Kong was awarded a Michelin Star, making it the first restaurant from Taiwan to do so.
Today, Din Tai Fung has locations internationally including Japan, the United States, South Korea, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand. Wherever you are in the world, the sight of one of the restaurants will always give you that sense of comfort and warm memories of your experiences at Din Tai Fung. It is such a special thing that people across the globe can share the “Taste of Taiwan” and take part in an international tradition.
Whenever my friends and I can coordinate our nine conflicting schedules to squeeze in a few hours of community and laughter at Din Tai Fung, we are always pleased we did. Few other places can summon such fond affections for me. Next time you want to enjoy a holiday family-style meal without the stress of preparing and cooking in your own home, visit Din Tai Fung for an atmosphere that will feel just as warm and inviting.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU
Cucumber Salad | Noodles with Sesame Sauce | Shrimp and Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce | Pork XiaoLongBao | Vegetarian Dumplings | Noodles with Minced Pork | Shrimp Fried Rice | String Beans with Garlic | Hot & Sour Soup | Jasmine Tea | Not pictured: Sweet Taro Buns, Shanghai Rice Cakes, Chocolate-filled XiaoLongBao