On Friday my friend Sulki and I went to a Taiwanese restaurant called Din Tai Fung. She had been there before and loves it so I was eager to try it! It was a weirdly dark, rainy day which is only weird because we have had such amazing weather since June.
When you walk into the restaurant, you can see the chefs making all the dumplings/buns right away through glass windows.
So many choices! Instead of ordering right off the menu, they have you mark off the items you want on a paper menu, which I didn’t get a pic of.
The sesame, taro and red bean buns are considered dessert I believe. I love how they look!
My dinner date:
For an appetizer we ordered the seaweed and beancurd salad in vinegar dressing. This tastes amazing! Probably the best seaweed salad I’ve ever had.
We also ordered the sautéed string beans with garlic which are really delicious, garlicky and crunchy.
Sulki got a milk green tea and I got a similar one that I cannot remember the name of, darn!
These are the vegetarian dumplings, they are so yummy, especially dunked in soy sauce and ginger.
The vegetarian buns were even better than the dumplings and have flavorful veggies with little pieces of tofu inside, all wrapped in a spongey, fluffy wrapping.
They are quite hot temperature-wise so we had to open them up to let them cool for a bit.
Mmmmm I could eat a million of these!
We ordered so much the waiter basically called us fatties, haha, it was a ton of food for two people but we got a lot of it wrapped up to go. This is the last main dish we got was friend noodles with shrimp. Definitely another of my favorites, the shrimp are so perfectly cooked.
Sulki also got some meaty dumplings and let me dip my veggie ones in her delicious spicy sauce!
Of course we had to try dessert too so we got the rather suggestive taro buns!
The taro bun is filled with mashed taro that is not very sweet but tasty. I would love to make these sometime and do some fun fillings like PB&J!
We also got a SMALL shaved ice that turned out to be enormous!! like the size of a basketball. It includes red beans (not my fav), jellies (like), big jelly balls (like), taro bits (not my fav), a mango pudding (like but very sweet) and underneath is shaved ice with condensed milk (like).
We kept eating this but really barely made much of a dent before getting way too stuffed! Unfortunately this one couldn’t be taken home really.
All in all, I cannot wait to go back to Din Tai Fung, it is definitely my new favorite Seattle restaurant!