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  • - 10 things that are wrong with Din Tai Fung,

  • as compared to typical American Chinese restaurants.

  • I'm Chris, this is Yellow Productions.

  • I do travel guides that are fun, informative, entertaining.

  • I love Chinese food and Din Tai Fung

  • is my favorite Chinese restaurant.

  • But it didn't used to be because I didn't know about it.

  • They've recently started opening here in the US

  • and across the world.

  • If you've never heard of it, it's a chain from Taiwan

  • that serves northern style Chinese food.

  • There are most famous for their xiao long bao.

  • I'll tell you about that later.

  • If you're like me, and you're from America

  • and you've eaten in a lot of Chinese restaurants,

  • your frame of reference for Din Tai Fung

  • will fail you a little bit but in this video,

  • I'm gonna help you if it's your first time coming

  • to know all the things that you're gonna think

  • are wrong with it.

  • But spoiler alert, it's really delicious, you should come.

  • The first thing that's wrong with Din Tai Fung is the menu.

  • What are all these things on the menu?

  • And where are my American Chinese classics?

  • Where's the broccoli beef?

  • Where's the orange chicken?

  • Where's the Kung Pao chicken?

  • And you know what I don't think Din Tai Fung

  • thinks very kindly of General Tso,

  • because his chicken is nowhere to be found,

  • why is this, what's on the menu?

  • Well, apparently it's Chinese food

  • that Chinese people actually eat.

  • What a concept.

  • The second thing that's wrong with Din Tai Fung

  • are the floors and the tables.

  • They are not sticky at all.

  • There's something wrong with that.

  • I am used to going into Chinese restaurants

  • and hearing my feet go (smacks).

  • And when I put my elbows on the table,

  • having to have some effort to take my elbows back up again.

  • Because how am I gonna know that the diners at that table

  • actually had a good time before me,

  • if I can't see the residue from their previous meal.

  • And not just the tables being clean,

  • but the things and sauces on the table are super clean

  • and always full.

  • Why is that?

  • Well, because they don't just sit on the table all day.

  • They actually put those items on the table new

  • for every guest.

  • Number three, the waiters and waitresses, they aren't rude

  • and there is just something wrong with this

  • because Chinese restaurants have a reputation

  • not just in the US but around the world

  • for having really rude waitstaff.

  • The kind of waitstaff that doesn't pay attention to you,

  • the kind of waitstaff that makes you ask for things

  • about three times.

  • At Din Tai Fung they are quite nice.

  • Actually, they're so nice they'll go out of their way

  • to explain how to eat the food here.

  • They'll make the sauce at the table for you.

  • And speaking of how to eat the food,

  • they actually did that while we were shooting this video.

  • Our waiter came over and explained the way you eat

  • the xiao long bao, is you put it on your spoon,

  • you nibble on it a little bit to let the steam out,

  • you drink the soup, and you put some ginger on it.

  • And by the way, you should've dipped in that sauce

  • made earlier and then down the hatch.

  • But I'm used to going to Chinese restaurants

  • where I get my food and really wonder

  • how I'm supposed to eat it.

  • Okay, now this one is really wrong.

  • Not only is the kitchen in Din Tai Fung open,

  • it's actually on display.

  • You know most Chinese restaurants I think by principle,

  • hide their kitchen way back in the back

  • that you can't see anything in there

  • 'cause they don't want you to have any idea what's going on.

  • But Din Tai Fung puts it right up at the front

  • and actually makes a spectacle for you to look at

  • but really isn't it more exciting to wonder

  • what's going on back there?

  • Number five, when the food does finally come to your table,

  • it's not greasy or oily.

  • You know I think most Chinese restaurants have a requirement

  • about how much grease and oil has to go into their food

  • but Din Tai Fung after you eat it,

  • it actually leaves you feeling fairly light and fairly fresh

  • and not weighed down by a ton of oil and grease.

  • And number six, Din Tai Fung is really consistent.

  • Every time you order it, the food comes out the same.

  • It has almost no difference to what chef is in the back.

  • Traditionally Chinese restaurants, you go there

  • and wanna order an item and they're like,

  • yeah that chef that makes that item isn't here today.

  • So you'll have to come back tomorrow

  • when they're actually working.

  • Number seven, the tea cup and the tea pots,

  • they aren't chipped.

  • Actually they're not even

  • the traditional American Chinese restaurant tea cup

  • and tea pots.

  • It's a unique tea cup and the tea pot,

  • it's a whole thermal canister that keeps the tea really hot

  • and warm the whole time you're eating there, so strange.

  • The eighth thing that's wrong with Din Tai Fung

  • is the very orderly seating process.

  • Now if you've been to like Dim Sum restaurants

  • in Los Angeles, New York City,

  • you'll know what I'm talking about.

  • The mob at the host or hostess desk,

  • where they're calling numbers and shouting like crazy

  • to get seated.

  • At Din Tai Fung people stand in line

  • and you can actually make reservations on Yelp

  • for many of their locations.

  • Number nine, the restrooms at Din Tai Fung,

  • they're actually clean.

  • They actually clean them not just once a day,

  • but every 15 minutes.

  • And the last thing that's wrong with Din Tai Fung,

  • when you get the bill, there's no fortune cookie.

  • How am I gonna know whether to play the lottery tonight,

  • whether I'm gonna win and what my numbers are?

  • But what the bill does come with,

  • it comes with a pen that actually works

  • and isn't chained down.

  • Hey, by the way,

  • if you didn't pick it up through all of this,

  • these things that are wrong,

  • they're totally sarcastic, Din Tai Fung is really delicious.

  • And you know what I'm not saying that

  • other Chinese restaurants aren't too,

  • those ones are great too but Din Tai Fung is really good.

  • And so if you've never eaten here, you should check it out.

  • And by the way speaking of Taiwan

  • since this is a chain from Taiwan,

  • if you've never seen my travel videos from Taiwan,

  • well you might wanna check them out.

  • Right here is a video all about Taiwanese night markets

  • where you can see all about more tasty food in Taiwan.

  • As usual, I won't say goodbye

  • because I'm gonna go ahead and see you in this video.

- 10 things that are wrong with Din Tai Fung,

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