Recently I had the great pleasure to visit Shanghai for a week – needless to say it was one of the coolest trips I have done throughout the year – Asia is a powerhouse in many ways, strong culture, great food and the lifestyle seemed to be pretty impressive from what I was able to experience during my visit. The time difference was the only tough part to juggle which is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles, but it only took me about a day to get the hang of things and spend my 7 days like a local. Let me tell you, the food options in Shanghai are endless – you will be able to find local restaurants in every corner especially in Peoples Square and Nanjing Road, as well as street food markets that offer a variety of signature Chinese dishes.
Street Food markets in Nanjing Road
During my trip I was able to find one of the most popular restaurants to eat in Shanghai and different cities within Asia and this place is called Din Tai Fung – The restaurant has been featured on TV Networks and I couldn’t pass the offer to eat here and try some of their dishes. I will be sharing some of my initial thoughts when arriving to the restaurant.
Din Tai Fung – Main Entrance
- When I arrived to the restaurant – there was a big line, this is a good sign because people know about this place and want to experience what they have to offer. The wait time was almost an hour but luckily I scored a table within 20 minutes of arriving.
- The staff was super friendly and attentive, they take down your name and give you little piece of paper (it was in Chinese) but I guess it tells you when you should be back to the restaurant to get your table.
- The Restaurant was spotless with a large variety of seating ranging from private areas for big families, to a whole section filled with booth and a section with simple table and 2 chairs, mainly for couples or people eating solo.
- The restaurant have had visits from major celebrities from across the globe. They have the celebrities painted on the wall and they have their signature below it with the date and year that they were in the restaurant.
- They have a variety of staff that speaks english to help the visitors and avoid any problems when ordering their meal. I was first approached by a Chinese waiter (she was super friendly) but shortly after I was greeted by the General Manager who then proceed to take my order and passed the information to my waiter.
Din Tai Fung – from the outside
- I went with something very simple because I wasn’t very hungry but I wanted to try some of their signature dishes which was the noodles with scallion and their fried rice with pork. I can honestly say this was some of the best noodles I’ve ever had and If this restaurant would have been closer to my hotel – I would have eaten here every single day trying something new of the menu.
- My fried rice and pork were simply delicious. The portion wasn’t overflowing and it was just what I needed to fill up my stomach and go on with my day. Very well cooked and the taste was to perfection.
- I also tried their dumplings and that was the finisher, another great dish that became a favorite of mine. They have a variety of signature dishes and a great list of desserts as well. The service was fast and everything came on time (at least 20-25 minutes).
- If you are a fan of beer – I highly recommend that you order China’s best beer which is called Tsingtao and if you haven’t tried it before – I can tell you the following: Smooth, no bloating, light and great taste.
- The menu offers a large variety of Chinese signature dishes and the pricing may vary for each but overall everything was reasonable and I wouldn’t say it is an expensive place to eat at.
For those who have visited Shanghai in the past, have you been to Din Tai Fung? Were you able to try any food on the street markets?