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Din Tai Fung: XLB in Bellevue, WA

Foodology February 12, 2014 bellevue, Taiwanese, Three Beakers

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The first time I tried Din Tai Fung was in Hong Kong about a year and a half ago. The menus are similar but there are a lot of things that are missing. We arrived right at 10:30am on Saturday and we just beat the rush. By the time it was 11:30, this place was packed and had a long line up. People in Seattle sure love their Xiao Long Bao.

I’m still waiting for Din Tai Fung to open up in Vancouver, but they might. Nonetheless, we do have some good alternatives like Dinesty in Richmond and Downtown Vancouver.

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The interior is quite large, so it can fit a lot of people.

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Shrimp Fried Rice is always my favourite! Lot of shrimp piled on top with the savoury fried rice on the bottom. The downside is that it is a bit oily.

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Juicy Pork Dumplings comes with 10 pieces. They are not all uniformly shaped compared to the ones in Hong Kong. It’s still good! The skin is thin but won’t break easily. This is probably the most ordered item on the menu.

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You dip the dumplings in vinegar and ginger.

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Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai comes with 10 pieces. It was ok, but I didn’t like the overcooked shrimp.

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Vegetable & Pork Dumplings came with 10 pieces and really reminded me of Korean dumplings (mandu).

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Pork Buns come with 2 per order, but we ordered a total of 4.

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Shrimp & Pork Wonton with Spicy Sauce was good. A good level of spice and we ate it quickly.

I feel like I’ve been spoiled by all the great Taiwanese food in Vancouver. It was good, but I still find Dinesty in Vancouver is a good alternative without travelling so far. The prices at Din Tai Fung are a bit high, so each dumpling dish is around $10.

You’ll definitely experience higher quality at the Din Tai Fung locations in Asia, but I found this locations to be subpar.

We Rate Din Tai Fung

Address:
700 Bellevue Way NE Ste 280
Bellevue, WA

Website:
http://www.dintaifungusa.com/

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.