There are multiple outposts of this dumpling and noodle nirvana scattered throughout LA, but this Arcadia location is the original. The place is always jammed and there is a line out the door on weekends. Din Tai Fung is a temple of dumplings. Should you need further proof, simply walk past the kitchen to spot the chefs, kitted out in surgical masks and white lab coats, sculpting these little beauties by hand.
You’ll check off the items you desire on an order form, but be sure to include the pork soup dumplings, those impossibly thin-skinned wonders bobbing in flavorful broth are scented with scallion and ginger. Later, swap savory for sweet and taste the warm chocolate-filled mochi dumplings for a creative take on dessert.- MICHELIN guide inspectors