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what to order at din tai fung?

I'm going to Din Tai Fung on Saturday. I'll probably arrive around 11:30AM. What should I order? Will I arrive in time to have their famous dumplings or do I need to get there earlier?

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  1. Chicken dumplings. Shrimp and pork dumplings. More dumplings.

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    1. re: mc michael

      The shrimp and pork dumplings are excellent. I actually like the regular XLB better than the the "soup" dumplings which are just small XLB served with a side a soup. Like everyone else, we tried multiple times before getting there "on time" for them and it's not worth the fuss.

      1. re: Porthos

        Totally agree. Those "Soup" dumplings that they hard sell are expensive, but so tiny (think, smaller than grape tomato sized) that they lack any of that juiciness you're looking for in a xiao lung bao.

        Chicken noodle soup is good, Regular Xiao Lung Bao (Crab isn't flavorful enough), and my mom also really likes their rice cake and red bean dumplings for dessert.

      2. re: mc michael

        Mmmm those chicken dumplings are goood.

      3. On weekends you need to get there way before it opens if you want to try their soup dumplings (once I was seated 40 mins after opening and they had run out); also if you get there at 11:30 expect an extremely LONG wait.

        Besides dumplings, I really like a dish that's called simply "Appetizer" that you can find at the bottom of the menu. It's shredded vegetables, tofu, and glass noodles in a spicy soy dressing - it is a must. If they have their green beans, "vegetable" - you have to ask - those are really good as well.

        For dumplings I like the juicy pork dumplings the best.

        http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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        1. re: Bon Vivant

          On to go orders, they seem to put one green bean in with the chicken dumplings. I guess this is to avoid confusion with the shrimp & pork dumplings.

        2. Hey Glutton,

          We actually like their regular xiao lung bao (juicy pork dumplings) better than the little special soup dumplings. You might also try their pork and crab dumplings.

          Get there really early, and if you end up havin' to take a number, listen up - they don't repeat it for long before they move on.

          Shannon

          1. Regular xiao long bia
            Shau Mai
            Their fried noodles with shrimp are pretty good

            Order a ton of xiao long bia (juicy pork dumplings). That is what they are famous for and best at. Everything else is mediocre.

            1. In addition to dumplings and noodles try the chicken soup.