Las Vegas, Nevada – Thanks be to the Dumpling Gods and Goddesses who brought Ding Tai Fung to Las Vegas during this peculiar year of 2020! I love a good dumpling and DTF delivers, thankfully so did the Aria in Las Vegas. I have chowed down at both the Din Tai Fungs in Santa Clara and Torrance, California before, and am a dumpling devotee.
Several weeks ago my friend, Las Vegas Influencer- Anne Wright, and I had arrived for an early dinner at DTF, and left several hours later. I made reservations, which is critical in Las Vegas for big player restaurants such as Din Tai Fung, and other popular places along the Strip. For restaurant reservations, please visit their website- Din Tai Fung Reservations.
The brand Din Tai Fung originated last century from a small shop in Taiwan, that originally sold cooking oil and soup dumplings. Mr. Yang, the proprietor, had created dumplings so delicious that he eventually turned that small shop into the most sought over “small bites” in the world.
With a menu boasting far more than just Xiao Long Bao, the brand has won many awards—including the coveted Michelin star at its Hong Kong branch—and has become an internationally beloved brand, offering a taste of Taiwan to the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, and Thailand.– Din Tai Fung Website
My favorite was the Truffle and Pork Dumplings that cost $30 for six pieces, and it was worth it. The truffle was not overbearing, and it was well balanced with the pork. Just do not dip it in your vinegar and soy sauce mix. The Truffle and Pork Dumpling is meant to be eaten on its own.
—— On the Table ——
We ordered many little dumplings that we left as two big dumplings. Some of our favorites were the Shrimp and Pork Spicy Wontons, the Vegetable and Pork Buns, the cucumber salad, and the Sesame and Mochi Dumplings for dessert.
Food descriptions have been taken from Din Tai Fung’s USA online menu ➡ DIN TAI FUNG
— Old Fashion Cocktail —
Crafted with Japanese whiskey
— Cucumber Salad —
Made with Parisian Cucumbers
— Truffle & Kurobuta Pork Xiao Long Bao —
Fragrant, earthy aromas that leave an impression – Signature Kurobuta Pork Xiao Long Bao is complemented by whole slices of rich truffle imported from Italy.
— Shrimp & Kurobuta Pork Wonton Soup —
Pork and shrimp wontons in a light broth- Handmade wontons filled with premium Kurobuta pork, freshly-peeled shrimp, and savory house seasonings in a lightly-flavored chicken and pork broth. Garnished with green onion and a drizzle of sesame oil.
— The Perfect Dumpling Dip —
Fresh ginger with 3/4 parts vinegar and 1/4 part soy sauce packages.
— Steamed Cod Dumplings —
A favorite for fish fans – Filled with a perfected ratio of Alaskan cod to Atlantic cod, these dumplings have a light, delicate flavor. Taiwanese cabbage, celery, and water chestnuts add extra springiness and crunch. Contains chicken broth.
— Vegetable & Kurobuta Pork Bun —
Perfectly simple and full of flavor – Finely-minced baby bok choy is mixed with lightly-seasoned Kurobuta pork for a delicate flavor with a satisfying crunch.
— Crab & Kurobuta Pork Xiao Long Bao —
The perfect pairing of land and sea- This delicious twist on our traditional Xiao Long Bao is filled with juicy Kurobuta pork, blue crab, and snow crab. The pork’s rich flavor is enhanced by the natural sweetness of crab, for a seafood flavor that’s rich but mellow.
— Kimchi & Kurobuta Pork Dumplings —
Strong, rich flavor with a kick of spice – Authentic Korean kimchi, chives, and glass noodles are finely chopped and folded into our savory Kurobuta pork filling. Fresh kimchi juice is rolled into the dough, giving them their signature orange hue.*Contains shellfish.
— Shrimp & Kurobuta Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce —
Filled with freshly-peeled shrimp and premium Kurobuta pork – Served with signature spicy sauce and topped with garlic and green onion, our handmade wontons are always a fan favorite.
— Shrimp Fried Rice —
A perfect harmony of flavors – Succulent shrimp, delicately-scrambled egg, freshly-chopped green onion, and premium sushi-grade Nishiki rice are tossed together with a touch of salt and house seasoning over high heat.
— Sesame & Mochi Xiao Long Bao —
Sweet, nutty, and irresistible- Black sesame paste is wrapped with mochi in a delicately hand-folded dumpling skin. If you have a sweet tooth, this dessert will be hard to pass up. May contain peanuts.
Dining at the newest Din Tai Fung in Las Vegas was a brilliant experience, with both the ambiance and the cuisine. DTF inside the Aria hotel was grand, sexy, and stylish plus we felt right at home with the excellent service.
Welcome Din Tai Fung, you have made a great addition to Las Vegas as well as a delicious addition to my restaurant repertoire!
You’re all that and Dim Sum…
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