When I heard Din Tai Fung was opening in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa I was so excited! I love dim sum and haven’t really found a decent place in the OC since moving here from San Francisco over six years ago. However, when I heard it would be over a three-hour wait to eat there I was definitely turned off, and thought I would hold off on going until the buzz died down.
Well unfortunately it hasn’t, so one Monday afternoon at around 11:30 a.m., we decided to try our luck at getting in without too long of a wait. When we checked in, we were told it would be a 45 minute wait, which we thought was reasonable. We took a stroll around the mall hitting a few shops before we got the text to come back.
On the way to being seated we walked passed the large window of cooks furiously making hundreds of dumplings. The restaurant had a nice look and modern feel. The menu has an extensive variety of soups, noodles, fried rice, greens, buns, and of course wontons and dumplings. Everything looked delicious but I came here for dim sum, so I kept my eye on the prize.
We ordered Pork XiaoLongBao (soup dumplings), Pork & Crab XiaoLongBao (soup dumplings), Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai, Pork Bun, and Shrimp & Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce. Yes- we are clearly fans of pork and shrimp.
I am not sure if we were just excited or super hungry, but after what felt like a bit of longer a wait- the dishes stated coming out- filling the table to capacity. The dish that stood out the most was the Spicy Shrimp and Pork wontons, the spicy sauce was excellent, just the right amount of heat. It was definitely had a good kick without being too much. The pork soup dumplings and Shao Mai are also a must. The dumplings were cooked to perfection, light and full of flavor. The buns were fluffy and had a good meat to pun ratio. The one we could do without was the Pork and Crab soup dumpling, it was too fishy for our liking.
We will definitely try Din Tai Fung again (if we can get in under an hour), and recommend bring a group for four or more. We were just a party of two and there were so many other dishes we wanted to try, but didn’t have the room.
Din Tai Fung – South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Space 2071 Upper Level
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel: (714) 549-3388
Monday – Friday: 11AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 10AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 10AM – 9:00 PM