Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Sweet-and-Sour Pork Ribs at Din Tai Fung - Costa Mesa

If I had to guess the secret to Din Tai Fung’s recipes, it’s this: get quality ingredients; do only what it takes to let those quality ingredients shine.

This is why, I think, the pork chop tastes the best a pork chop can taste; and the green beans always snap as though it’s at the peak of its season.

But even when the kitchen uses a heavy sauce, such as in their newest dish of sweet-and-sour pork ribs, no single ingredient outshines the other—everything is in perfect balance. Behind the shellacking of sticky glaze made with Shaoxing wine, rock sugar, and black vinegar, I can still taste the pork—which was itself sweet and soft where it wasn't covered in that caramelized lacquer. It’s easily one of the best things I’ve had at Din Tai Fung, and that’s saying a lot!

Din Tai Fung
3333 Bristol St. Ste. 2071
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 549-3388

Playa Mesa - Costa Mesa


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