The Original Din Tai Fung in Taipei
This was a completely unplanned visit - we actually intended to come down to another shop nearby, only to find that we had missed their lunch hour. The original Din Tai Fung location was still open though (194 Xinyi Road Section 2, 2321-8928), so we headed up that narrow staircase for a quick meal.
I hadn't been to this location in ages - even in Taipei, they have much bigger outlets. But I guess it was a bit nostalgic to come back to the old shop that used to be packed to the brim. And of course we got the obligatory xiao long bao, which was much better than that stuff from the streets the other day.
But was it really that much better than the outlets in Singapore? It still tasted the same to me. The only difference I could spot was the hot and sour soup, which here featured some strips of coagulated pig blood. Well, as nasty as it might sound, pig blood cake really didn't taste like much. In fact, its texture and taste was similar to tofu. I just wish that the hot and sour soup were more spicy here.