After my successful conquest of the famed pepper buns at the Raohe market, I set my sites on another goal— dining at the original Din Tai Fung at Xinyi Road. I was frustrated during my three previous trips to Taipei due to the long lines. Sure, a branch has opened in Manila but one gotta have the original at its birthplace.
I arrived at 12:30 and surprise, there wasn’t much of a crowd.
According to the timer, there was only a 15-minute waiting time.
I took a number at the reception and waited. Alice, the girl who registered me was very nice and on hearing that I was from the PH mentioned there was a branch there already. She handed me a picture menu and an order slip in English.
Just as enjoyable as my meal was the friendly and professional service. Everything was served with a smile.