My son's girlfriend has a thing for noodles. Don't ask me. I thought they were all the same. Noodles. But no. I was wrong. I know this now because I have been introduced to Din Tai Fung -- a restaurant that she and my son visited in Tokyo. It's also in our local mall, Valley Fair.
They have the famous Shanghai soup dumplings. I'd heard of these from my friend from Shanghai, but I'd never actually had one. And until you do? You can't understand why someone would wait in a two-hour or more line for a dumpling. First off, I need to prepare you. If you're going to Din Tai Fung, you will have extreme handbag envy. It's located in purse row in the mall. You'll have to walk past: Cartier, Tory Burch, Yves St. Laurent, Prada, Burberry, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Balenciega, Ferragamo and Versace. If you have a problem, like myself, this is not easy.
Even worse? Everyone in Din Tai Fung is carrying a better bag than you, so you must prepare yourself. Look at the food. Look at the food.
I don't think of myself as much of a foodie. I'm truly happy at a taco truck -- but then, I have a meal like this and I think, maybe I'm not so cheap after all. Because it was fantastic. A Shanghai soup dumpling is this perfect little package of flavor. It's like a wonton, only the noodle is so thin and packaged beautifully like a truffle.
When you bite into it, you get this burst of flavorful soup before you get to the meat inside. Oh. My. Goodness. It's amazing! If you get a chance to go, go. Put your name on the list, go shopping and they'll text you when your table is ready. It's worth the wait -- and it's not too costly if you stay out of handbag row while you're waiting for your table.