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Going to Din Tai Fung tomorrow, what should I order?

Okay, I did a search but nothing really with recommendations. I've been there once and had their dumplings which we will order and someone said their shrimp fried rice is great so will try that.

My coworker said to for sure get their red bean steamed buns for dessert. Anything else special to this place that we should try?

Thanks in advance

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    1. re: TomSwift

      agreed on the chicken soup. and the chao nian gao (stir fried rice cake) is good as well.

      everything else?? meh.....

      1. re: wilafur

        Yes, agree on the chicken soup. It's about the only thing worth getting at DTF.

        Everything else on the menu is not only "meh" (as wilafur says), but overpriced.

        But be warned about the chicken soup ... it's not the typical chicken soup you'll find at most American restaurants. It's more herbal --some would say bordering on medicinal -- than anything resembling "chicken-y".

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Agree with Tom, Wilafur and ipsedixit about DTF's chicken soup. It is the best that I have tasted in a very, very long time. Reminds me of my grandma's home cooked chicken soup using free range chicken raised by herself.

    2. One of everything on the right side of the menu!

      1. dumplings, dumplings and more dumplings

        1. I think the noodle dishes are better than the dumplings..which I know is the draw. I also loved the fried rice. Make sure you save room and go, running next door to Phoenix Food Boutique. Try the sweets...esp. the mango coconut rolls!!

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          1. re: Kitchen Queen

            We like the pork XLB. Also their stirfried lo mein type noodles were very good, especially with some chilli sauce.

          2. If you are able to arrive early enough, order their soup dumplings; they often run out quickly, so place your order as soon as you arrive.

            I agree that their fried rice is delicious, and their red bean dessert dumplings are wonderful.
            I also like their red hot sauce and their vinegar, both on the table. I have been known - once or twelve times to use an extra tea cup to make a mixture of hot sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and ginger for dipping!

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            1. re: liu

              YOU MUST ORDER

              an order Juicy Pork Dumplings for each person -- sooooo good you might want more!
              Sesame Noodles to share as they are they are absolute heaven
              Vegetables -- it may seem like overkill with noodles and dumplings but they do such a good job and your momma likes it when you eat your greens!

              1. re: rswenson

                HUGE 2nd this suggestion. I am partial to the green beans myself.

                The shrimp fried rice is also very good and, unlike most of the rest of the food, is still just as good the next day if you have leftovers