Even as a first-time Dubai visitor, one has probably heard of Din Tai Fung. Because it has over 100 branches in the US, UK and East Asia, including the one with Michelin star in Hong Kong.
The branch in Dubai may be lacking in its interior design, but their Chinese-Taiwanese fare excellently makes up for it. Just do not go there with already grumbling tummies. It is best that you visit this dumpling heaven before your hunger pangs come out. The reason is you have to join the long queues of diners waiting to have a taste of their impeccable dishes. Not to worry because once you get seated, everything else will be quick.
Take your pick from their wide variety of tasty dumplings. The Xiao Long Bao are noteworthy, particularly the crab and chicken Xiao Long Bao.
Their Hong Kong style roast duck is also just as scrumptious! And all these come in very inexpensive prices. Fill your stomach to the brim without breaking the bank.
What to order: Stir fried morning glory, Crab and chicken xiao long bao, Hong Kong style roast duck, Szechuan shrimp and chicken wontons
Price Range: 20 – 80 AED ($5.45 – $21.78)
When: 11:00-22:00 daily
Where: Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha 1, Dubai
How to get there: Take a cab going to Mall of the Emirates. Din Tai Fung is at the Level 2 Expansion.