I thought I didn’t like Chinese food. I thought I didn’t like dumplings. I would now like to go back in time and slap the &%$* out of myself from 10 years ago for making me waste all the time I could’ve been eating dumplings. Because, done right, they are SUBLIME. I mean, have you ever had soup dumplings? Because if you have, and you know me, and you didn’t come up to me and say “AK, soup dumplings are the most amazing food in the world. I mean, if you haven’t eaten them, you should slap yourself in the face, and immediately go eat ten of them.” If you did not say that to me, and you knew this secret amazingness, don’t tell me, because you will be dead to me. DEAD. So is the salty, sour, vinegary, gingery, warm, amazballs essence of Din Tai Fung in Arcadia.
People, THIS SHIT IS GOOD.
Every week, there’s a different vegetable.
GET THESE green beans if they’re available.
The Wonton Soup is perfect with soy sauce and chili oil.
Steamed Pork Buns. Just…sigh…delicious…
The money shot: Juicy Pork Dumplings.
Vinegar, ginger shreds, chili pepper flakes, and soy dipping sauce.
Get out of my way, I will eat your fingers if they’re in my path.
Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai…soupy in the bottom, shrimpy on top.
Perfect all around.
So good, I don’t want to eat anywhere else, ever. But I’ll suffer through other meals, just to survive, until I get to go back.
THAT’S how good it is.