Cycle 3 – Item 202
25 (Wed) July 2012
Din Tai Fung
-Myeong, Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Din Tai Fung is a Chinese restaurant chain. Based in Taiwan, the company has numerous branches throughout Asia, 5 in Korea, as well as a few in the United States and in Australia. Accolades abound – notably, the three Hong Kong branches have each received a Michelin star, one in 2009 and the other two in 2010; and back in 1993, the New York Times ranked Din Tai Fung as one of the world’s top ten restaurants – primarily based on the fame of their most famous dish: xiaolongbao.
Alas, the xialongbao at Din Tai Fung Korea wasn’t that great. The skin was dense without being chewy. Even the swirled construction was a bit shoddy. The pork filling was dry and crumbly. The broth was more oily than soupy. 9,000 won + 10% VAT for 10. While I don’t doubt that Din Tai Fung branches elsewhere have rightly earned their acclaim, the one in Korea didn’t deliver on the reputation.
(See also FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)