There's a lot of Taipei that you can eat in the three or so hours you'll devote to waiting on line and eating at Din Tai Fung. Here are four great places near the restaurant you can visit in that stretch of time, including some soup dumplings I actually enjoyed more than the supposed gold standard.
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What's the longest you've ever waited in line for a dumpling? If you've been to a Din Tai Fung, the Taiwan-based dumpling and noodle chain famous for their xiao long bao (steamed soup-filled dumplings), chances are you've waited at least an hour. Can these soup-filled tiny little buns live up to their reputation?
Finding the best Xiao Long Bao—the famed soup-filled dumplings from Shanghai—in New York has always been a pet project of mine, but it's not an easy goal to accomplish. Given the magnitude of the task, I decided to break it down into more manageable, walkable segments. For our first installment, I limited my search area to Manhattan's Chinatown.
Soup dumplings are not extremely tough to make, but they are time-consuming, and here's why: in order to get the broth inside the 'pling, it must first be solidified, and that means making a real chicken and/or pork broth—no cheating...