Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰)

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24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie

The arrival of Din Tai Fung was keenly anticipated by Beijing foodies. This restaurant, which specialises in the delicate dishes of Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, has a bright and contemporary design, and subtle food combinations, skilfully prepared. Xiaolong bao – juicy buns wrapped in a skin of light unleavened dough and cooked in a bamboo steamer – is the restaurant’s signature dish. They are served with thin slivers of young, tender ginger in a light black vinegar. Xiaolong bao come with three choices of filling: ground pork, seafood, and crabmeat.

Cairou zhengjiao (steamed dumplings), another specialty, are packed with youcai, small green-leaf bok choy and a small amount of minced pork with some lard. These are our favourite of all the dumplings served here – and the lard is key to the flavour.  Leave some room for dousha bao, sweet red bean paste stuffed in almost transparent buns. These tiny desserts melt in your mouth.

Venue name: Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰)
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm Sat-Sun; 11:30am-9pm daily
English address: 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区新源西里中街24号
  • 4 out of 5 stars