Hello Din Tai Fung Del Amo!

Another restaurant has joined the already amazing line up of restaurants at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance and it is no other than Din Tai Fung.

 The original Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop. It quickly became a full fledged restaurant in 1972 and soon after was known all around the world with numerous branches opening up in United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Thailand. The newest location in Torrance California marks their fourth restaurant n the Los Angeles area; with the other branches being in  Glendale and two in Arcadia.

 

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Din Tai Fung and was simply amazing at their delicious dumplings.

 

I started my meal here with their most popular dish the Pork XiaoLongBao.

 

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The Pork XiaoLongBao is a soup dumpling. I learned quickly that there is a particular way to eat it. One must place the dumpling onto your spoon and then poke a hole in the wrapper of the dumpling to release the soup within. One can also dip into soy sauce, vinegar and sliced ginger.
I can’t say I’m an expert quite yet in poking the hole in the dumpling properly and getting the juice within, but I can definitely say I am a fan of the XiaoLongBao. The outside wrapper is so perfectly delicate and soft. The pork and soup broth inside the dumpling is flavorful and rich. It is truly a delight.

 

For those looking for a delicious soup, the hot and sour  is one of Din Tai Fung’s signature soups.

 

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This soup is the perfect mix of  sour, spicy and savory. I found it to be very unique because this is the first hot and sour soup that I’ve ever had with noodles.

From soups to rice, Din Tai Fung has a variety.  The first fried rice I tried here was their chicken fried rice.

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I love the tender pieces of chicken mixed in the fried rice. This fried rice alone can be a meal on it’s own.
The next fried rice I’ve tried was their pork chop fried rice.

 

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The pork chop fried rice is actually one of the most popular dishes on Din Tai Fung’s menu. It is topped with long, tender strips of pork chop!
Another dish that is quite popular at Din Tai Fung is their rice cakes. Their Vegetarian Shanghai rice cakes was one of my favorites during my visit.

 

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The chewy rice cakes and the leafy greens all mixed together in a flavorful sauce was amazing. The dish was light yet very fulfilling.

 

Last but definitely not the least was dessert. I chose to get a sweet taro bun.

 

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When this came out, the bun was piping hot and fresh. The steam was coming out upon first bite of this soft dessert. There was a good amount of sweet taro in the bun. Soft, warm and sweet; this was a perfect ending to a great meal at Din Tai Fung.
This Hello Kitty Foodie is thrilled with this new addition to Del Amo Fashion Center. Din Tai Fung adds to the already diverse and delicious line up of eateries at Del Amo. I will be back for sure.

 

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