A Taiwanese Dim Sum Experience in Silicon Valley

I have long heard about Din Tai Fung, a popular international chain restaurant known for its exquisite steamed soup dumplings (“XiaoLongBao”) and other dim sum dishes. Originated from Taiwan, the chain now has many locations throughout Asia, the U.S. and Australia. The restaurants are usually situated in trendy shopping malls and bustling business centers. 

Image1Recently, Din Tai Fung opened a branch at the heart of Silicon Valley. For the first few weeks, people had to line up for hours in the crowded Valley Fair Mall just to get into the door. To accommodate the overwhelming enthusiasm of foodies, the restaurant just started to use online reservations to fill in all its seating. Lucky to get a table reserved a week ago, I went there today to experience the quintessential Taiwanese dim sum.

I was not disappointed, as you can see from below:

Open kitchen.

Open kitchen.

Making dumplings. Looks fun? Wait till you eat.

Making dumplings. Looks fun? Wait till you eat.

“Fish Dumplings” – love the soothing tenderness.

“Fish Dumplings” – I love the soothing tenderness.

“Pork XiaoLongBao” – love the juicy meat filling and the exquisite folds.

“Pork XiaoLongBao” – I love the juicy meat fillings and the exquisite folds.

“Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce” – love the luscious aroma.

“Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce” – I love the luscious aroma.

“Vegetable and Pork Wonton with Spicy Sauce” – love the robust taste.

“Vegetable and Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce” – I love the robust taste.

“Snow Crab & Pork XiaoLong Bao” – love the exotic flavor under the delicate dough skin.

“Snow Crab & Pork XiaoLong Bao” – I love the exotic flavor under the delicate dough skin.

What is this?

What is this?

“Shrimp & Pork Pot Stickers” – love the subtle savor under the crispy skin.

“Shrimp & Pork Pot Stickers” – I love the subtle savor under the crispy skin.

Sitting in a mall in San Jose, I was savoring a tradition an ocean away. The food at Din Tai Fung, with the original finesse and flair of Taiwan, allowed me to experience a wonderful piece of Chinese culture.

When cultures transcend borders, food always leads the way.

I wish everyone an exciting and enriching summer experience!

12 thoughts on “A Taiwanese Dim Sum Experience in Silicon Valley

  1. I hate to stay in a line to buy food. But for that food i would do!
    I think in Italy there is not that chain yet. Maybe can open in Rome or Milan. Unfortunately I live in Cagliari (Sardinia) and here we haven’t Burger King (only McDonald’s) so my hopes are very few…
    🙂

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    • Italian cuisines are just as appealing. I wish I lived in Italy! But with food transcending borders and continents, we have chances to taste wonderful Italian food here in California, just as we savor food from Taiwan 🙂

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  2. I love, love, love Dim Sum!!! There was a time that I used to go to the nearby city famous restaurant (in Milpitas) every Sunday for lunch. Now I am closer to S.F. and go there, but the next time I should give Din Tai Fung in Valley Fair a try! 🙂

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