We were told about this place by a few friends who are veteran Taiwan travelers and admittedly, their praise seemed too effusive. We went to the branch in 101 since each time we walked past one of the other shops in Taipei, the lines were prohibitive. Good sign. We had to wait for a while to be seated, and needed help with the menu. Fortunately, the pictures are helpful and there are English instructions (both for ordering and eating). Service is top notch. Couldn't do better at a Danny Meyer restaurant; everyone is helpful and they are there to get you served and happy and out. So, here's the deal from two novice soup dumpling fans. This is the real deal. Just have xiaolongbao if you're pushed for time (or for carry out). Get more than you think you'll need because you won't leave a single one behind. Little, pillowy, chewy, hot and delicious bundles of flavor. Pork and the crab/pork combo are fabulous. Watch others eat theirs first, if you're uncertain. We also tried the stir-fried pea pod shoots (top 10 vegetable dishes anywhere) and pork buns. There is nothing better. We actually returned although our visit was too short to have a second round. Whatever the wait is, it's going to be worth it. Please, please, open a branch in NYC.
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