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Din Tai Fung
Before it was reincarnated as a dumpling and noodle joint back in 1972, Din Tai Fung was a cooking oil business. That doesn't sound so promising in the flavor department, but it turns out these xiao long bao are some of the best in Shanghai. Try the pork, pork and hairy crab, black truffle and pork, or the shrimp soup dumplings. And if you're into noodles, the noodle soup with pickled mustard greens or braised beef will do the trick. No matter what you order, ask for a side of pea shoot greens to balance the rich main course with a punch of freshness.
By Sophie Friedman, AFAR Local Expert
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Haggling-Hangover Remedy: Din Tai Fung dumplings
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.
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.
168 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
+86 21 6334 1008