Din Tai Fung Covent Garden | Dumpling Restaurant
Din Tai Fung is about to open its 141st restaurant.
Which might not sound that exciting, until you realise that it’s the first one to come to the UK. Ever.
A hugely popular Taiwanese dim sum spot, it’s been going since 1972 – winning itself Michelin stars and worldwide acclaim in the process (the New York Times reckons it’s up there in the world’s ten best restaurants). And for its London debut, it’ll be arriving in style – commandeering an airy, bi-level space in Covent Garden, which’ll be decked out with sleek oriental wood panelling and soft leather banquettes overlooking an open kitchen where the dumpling prep’ll take place.
Scientifically optimised dumplings
And those dumplings – specifically the steamed pork soup dumplings (xiao long bao) – are the restaurant’s crowning glory, made via an elaborate six stage process. And somewhere between ensuring that each dumpling’s dough weighs between 4.8-5.2g and folding them at least 18 times, the chefs will somehow find time to roll out other classic dim sum dishes, like salted egg yolk custard buns, steamed chicken soup, and umami-laden fried rice dishes.
And all that is worth making a din about.
NOTE: Din Tai Fung Covent Garden is set to open in Winter 2018. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does…
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