INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay restaurant in Hong Kong.
Our friend Tania is a HK expat of 14 years, which makes her almost a local!
Tania is a foodie from way back, and knows where to find amazing meals all over Hong Kong town.
She took us to one of her top favourites, an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Hong Kong from overseas.
She’s convinced, along with many other expats, that this is the best dumpling restaurant Hong Kong has to offer.
It’s not just any dumpling restaurant.
It’s a Michelin one-starred establishment, where kids can watch through the window to see the dumplings being made by hand.
Take a look!
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Ultimate Guide to Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay
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Taking a toddler to any kind of restaurant establishment makes me nervous, and as a traveling family, we tend to stick to places where we can bail out if we need to.
(Read: Where we can grab our leftovers quickly, mid-tantrum, pay at the counter, and run).
While the kids are young, we’ve learned to avoid establishments where cloth napkins are the norm, so I was a bit squirmish about visiting a restaurant like Ding Tai Fung Hong Kong Causeway Bay as it’s a bit posh, but the kids were fabulous.
So were the staff.
Totally accommodating of the mess we (the boys!) made.
Plus, offering plastic bowls and cutlery for the little guy.
Trained staff were also ready to help out with food suggestions the kids might like.
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Making Din Tai Fung dumplings
The ability to stand at the window after you’d ordered, and watch the chefs at work while you wait for dinner, was KEY to the success.
The food was so fresh and came out just minutes after we’d ordered too, so there’s wasn’t much lag time where the toddler might have a meltdown.
The food was interesting and flavoursome too, without being over the top.
My boys were happy to try new things, and LOVED the presentation of it in steam baskets too.
Lemonade got us over the line.
How to order at Din Tai Fung Michelin Star restaurant
When you arrive, you receive a number and wait for them to call you to be seated.
(We were seated within 10 minutes for an early dinnertime about 6pm.)
There’s no way to book ahead (unless you want to hire the VIP room) so try to arrive a little before, or a little after, main feeding times to avoid the rush of hungry Hong Kong locals!
To order, write down the food choices you want to eat on an order slip.
The waiter or waitress then double checks this order with you, before relaying the order direct to the kitchen over her little pocket speakerphone and earpiece.
We tried a variety of:
- steamed dumplings
- springrolls, and
- fried rice.
There’s also noodles, cold appetizers, Chinese-styled buns, and desserts.
Caution: HOT FOOD at Din Tai Fung Hong Kong Causeway Bay!
Beware: the food is PIPING HOT when it arrives at your table.
Warn the kids before they bite into a dumpling or there will be tears.
Condiments are all at your table, so you can spice it up more for the adults if you want to.
I have no idea of what they were other than pork and chicken, as Tania was in charge, but everything we tasted was delicious. I don’t think you could go wrong here!
All up, 6 dishes, tea, and soft drinks cost about $50 USD ($70 AUD).
We were STUFFED too and had to waddle out.
For Michelin-starred food that is out-of-this-world scrumptious, that is the definition of a bargain.
The Din Tai Fung Menu at this Dumpling Bar
Try a Michelin starred dumpling feast for a bargain price at the BEST dumpling restaurant Hong Kong style!
The Causeway Bay Din Tai Fung menu is filled with local dim sum and traditional dim sum dishes.
All dumplings are shaped differently, so you can work out what is what.
Here’s just a few things on the menu you can order.
(Click ‘cuisine’ in the menu bar to find the drop down menu with all food categories)
Din Tai Fung Dumplings:
- steamed pork dumplings
- seasoned crab meat and pork dumplings
- steamed chicken dumplings
- steamed shrimp and pork dumplings
- steamed fish dumplings
- steamed vegetable and pork dumplings
- steamed shrimp and prok shao-mai (the ones that look like little flowers!)
- steamed vegetarian dumplings
Authentic dim sum buns at Din Tai Fung
- steamed pork buns
- steamed vegetable and pork buns
- steamed yam buns
- steamed red bean buns
- steamed sesame buns
- steamed chilli crab and pork buns
- xiao buns
Din Tai Fung Side dishes:
- deep fried special marinated pork chop
- crispy golden prawn pancakes
- deep fried shrimp and prok wantons
- sliced duck in crispy spring onion pastry
- green chillis with marinated seasoned minced meat
- crunchy mini cucumber in spicy sauces
- braised Sichuan sliced beef
- stir fried spinach with garlic
- stir fried dou miao with pork strips
- stir fried dou miao with garlic
- fried rice with egg
- fried rice with shredded pork and eggs
- fried rice with shrimps and eggs
Din Tai Fung Soups and Salads:
- steamed pork rib soup
- seasoned beef soup
- hot and sour soup
- special braised beef soup
- shrimp and pork wontons served in superior children broth
- steamed chicken soup
- spinach tossed with sesame
- hong kong soup
Noodle dishes at Din Tai Fung
- noodle soup with fried pork chop
- special braised beef noodle
- noodle soup with shrimps, bamboo shoots and vegetables
- vermicelli sopu with deep fried and minced meat balls
- special braised beef noodle soup with beef brisket
- noodle soup with vegetable and pork wontons
- noodle with minced pork in bean sauces
- dry noodle with pickled mustard and shredded pork
- steamed pork rib soup with noodles
- steamed beef soup with noodle
Desserts at Din Tai Fung
- steamed finely mashed red bean dumplings
- steamed Chinese style layer cake
- Sweet peanut dumplings
- steamed taro paste dumplings
- red bean rice dumpling
- seasonal fruit platter
- mango pudding
- chilled glass jelly
Din Tai Fung Drinks
- lemongrass juice
- rosella juice
- earl gray lemon tea
- seasonal fresh fruit juice
- fresh watermelon juice
- sodas including coke, sprite, tiger
- Din tai fung beer
Fun Facts about Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Hong Kong
Want to know why Din Tai Fung is so popular?
The founder of Din Tai Fung was a man called Bingyi Yang.
Bingyi was first in the cooking oil trade and sold from his shop, Din Tai Fung (named after a man who gave him his first job).
But when oil sales plummeted due to the invention of tinned oil, Bingyi and his wife turned half of their shop into a steamed dumpling outlet, made and sold on site.
Those who tasted the quality and extraordinary taste of Din Tai Fung’s steamed dumplings told their friends and family.
Within a very short time, Din Tai Fung stopped selling oil, and became the world-renowned restaurant brand it is today.
Din Tai Fung Restaurants around the world
DinTaiFung Dumpling House now has branches in:
- Hong Kong
- United States
- South Korea
- Singapore (including one at Changi airport)
- Australia, and
Frequently Asked Questions – What is a Wonton vs What is a Dumpling?
What’s the difference between a wonton vs dumpling vs dim sum vs pot sticker vs gyoza?
Dumpling is a broader term, meaning a dough. The dough is made from flour and water only. Most of the time the dough is wrapped around a filling, either sweet or savory, but the dough can also be empty.
Wonton dough for a bao bun, or dim sum bun must be made from a leavened dough. The ingredients include:
- all-purpose flour
- dried yeast
- cooking oil, and
- lukewarm water.
Wontons always have a filling, such as seasoned minced pork, diced shrimp or vegetable, and are often smaller than dumplings. They can be deep fried, as in deep fried nutella wontons.
According to Wikipedia, Wontons are:
- “usually made from a square wrapper (a dough skin made of flour, egg, water, and salt) flat in the palm of one’s hand
- placing a small amount of filling in the center, and
- sealing the wonton into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper’s edges together with the fingers.”
Dim sum is a “Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savoury dumplings containing various fillings.” Dim Sum are considered to be Cantonese. Source.
Pot stickers and gyoza are country specific terms, eg gyoza dumplings are from Japan.
Pot stickers is a general Asian term for dumplings that are first fried to give a crispy outer shell, then steamed to soften them up for eating.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Best Dumpling Restaurant Hong Kong
Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay Address: Shop G3-11, Ground floor, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852-3160 8998
Website: Click here
Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay opening hours
- Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 10pm
Din Tai Fung prices
Here’s a general guideline on prices for this cuisine.
- Steamed chicken dumplings start from HK$ 60 for the steamed bowl of six pieces.
- Shrimp and pork wontons tossed with special sauce cost HK $66 for 6 pieces.
- Cold dishes start from around HK $48 for tossed shredded pickles with pork.
- There’s a fixed charge of $9 HK per person for Chinese tea or water.
Hot tip: Din Tai Fung voucher
Google “Din Tai Fung Groupon Voucher” or something similar to see if there’s any bargain deals happening when you visit.
Sometimes you can purchase a $100 dumpling deal for $60- that’s almost half price! Beats eating at home.
Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay booking
Hong Kong Din Tai Fung restaurants operate on a first come first served basis.
Map of Causeway Bay Din Tai Fung
Next to Din Tai Fung in Hong Kong
Walk out the front entrance and on your right, you’ll see there’s an enchanting bookshop/toy shop called “Kiddy Wonderland Books and Craft Store”.
They stock a substantial section of English titles, picture books, graphic novels, craft kits, novelties, and ‘kawaii’ goods too.
Take the kids!
More Din Tai Fung restaurants in Hong Kong
There’s another Din Tai Fung restaurant in Silvercord, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Plus two more at:
- Shatin Branch: Shop no. 166 on Level 1, New Town Plaza, Phase 1, Shatin. N.T
- Miramar branch: Shop 407, L4, FoodLoft, Mira Place One,132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Din Tai Fung Hong Kong Michelin Star
Ned rated the dumplings that squirted the juice as the ‘funnest food’ he’d ever tried!
Both Ned and Jack agree with Tania that this IS the best dumpling restaurant Hong Kong has for kids!
This is also the cheapest of the Michelin star restaurants Hong Kong has to offer, so if you’ve ever wanted to visit an affordable Michelin starred restaurant, this is your chance.
But if your kids aren’t fans of Hong Kong dumplings, there’s always Pizza Express!
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