When it comes to world-known Taiwanese cuisine, 𝗗𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝗶 𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗴 is often the first name that comes to mind. Founded in 1958 as a humble mom-ad-pop store, you can still visit the original location in Xinyi Road, located at the corner of Yongkang foodie's heaven.
It goes without saying, sampling the national dish that made them famous is a must. 小籠包 (𝘹𝘪ǎ𝘰 𝘭ó𝘯𝘨 𝘣ā𝘰) are steamed 𝗱𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 stuffed with a meat and soup filling (that will burst to release scalding juices on the unwary taster). Din Tai Fung pride themselves in still making everything by hand, including the dough, and every dumpling will be sealed with exactly 18 folds.
You can taste a variety of traditional Taiwanese dishes too, and new items are regularly added to the menu. To be honest, I wasn't impressed with their 𝘯𝘪ú𝘳ò𝘶 𝘮𝘪à𝘯, so I would recommend eating your full on dumplings. Their pickled entrees are all quite delicious. The 𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗮 𝗯𝘂𝗻𝘀 are a fantastic way to end the meal.
Now this special place really is somewhere to take someone you want to impress.
This place serves good quality high end traditional Shanghainese food. I would definitely say that they have the best 红烧肉 in town (I accept anyone else’s challenge to differ) that captivates you from the moment the dish glistens and winks at you when it’s placed on the table, to when that marble-ous piece of pork melts in your mouth with soy sauce goodness 😇 For my recs on what to order, show the kind waitress the photos on this post and order whatever your heart tells you!
NOTE: food here is SWEEET so keep that in mind. Also, there is a minimum spend per person so you end up having to order a lot. But to be honestly I find the prices are quite reasonable for each dish so you’ll just end up having to order a lot (never an issue for me!)