After a rough couple of hours of haggling with your friendly shopkeepers at Yu Yuan, you might have found yourself with faux Dr. Dre Beats, pearls, one too many China T-shirts, a shopping hangover and quite an appetite. Luckily, Din Tai Fung is right around the corner!
Din Tai Fung is a world-renowned Taiwanase restaurant that has locations all around Shanghai and one of these is conveniently located in Yu Yuan. Despite it being a chain restaurant, the dumplings at Din Tai Fung are rather delicious and cheap! One steam pot will come with three to six dumplings depending on the kind. There's a huge variety anywhere from veggie dumplings, pork dumplings, and soup-filled dumplings. Just let your fuwuyuan (waiter) know which ones you'd like and he or she will promptly bring them to your table!
Tip: If you're a vegetarian or have other dietary needs, be careful with which dumplings you pick. Some "veggie" ones will occasionally have a shrimp or two inside one out of the four.
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How to Eat Soup Dumplings
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain with lots of locations around Shanghai and it's a great place to go for soup dumplings, bao, shumai -- all your favorites. It's pricier than if you go to food stalls, but I think it was worth it just for the directions on how to correctly eat soup dumplings! Also note slurping is not bad manners, it's a way to allow air to cool off the hot soup.