Asia’s Restaurant Ranking Places Dumplings Over Michelin

Lung King Heen
Lung King Heen in Hongkong. The restaurant at the Four Seasons took 8th place in the Daily Meal 101 Best Restaurants in Asia. It also took 13th place in the inaugural list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. Source: Lung King Heen via Bloomberg

The best restaurant in Asia is a former mom-and-pop cooking-oil shop in Taipei according to The Daily Meal, a U.S. food website.

Din Tai Fung has become home of some of the world’s finest xiao long bao steamed buns, according to Asia’s 101 Best Restaurants, compiled by the site headed by food writer Colman Andrews. The Top 10 is completed by five venues in Beijing, two in Hong Kong, one in New Delhi and one in Toyako, Japan.

“Can the birthplace of a worldwide dumpling chain really be the best restaurant in Asia?” is the question posed by Daily Meal today. “One bite of Dan Tai Fung’s xiao long bao should answer that question, in the affirmative.”

The list is based on the view of 50 restaurateurs and food writers, plus Daily Meal’s editorial staff. It’s one of at least three such rankings published in recent months which also include restaurants with Michelin stars.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (Hong Kong), which holds three Michelin stars, placed at No. 39.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awarded first place to Narisawa, in Tokyo, The Miele Guide picked Robuchon au Dome in Macau. Neither features in today’s list.

The Daily Meal 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, according to the
1. Din Tai Fung (Taipei, Taiwan)
2. Duck de Chine (Beijing)
3. Green T. House (Beijing)
4. Temple Restaurant (Beijing)
5. Capital M (Beijing)
6. Varq (New Delhi, India)
7. Dali Courtyard (Beijing)
8. Lung King Heen (Hong Kong)
9. Michel Bras Toya Japon (Toyako, Japan)
10. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
11. Restaurante Fernando (Coloane, Macau)
12. M on the Bund (Shanghai)
13. Susu (Beijing)
14. Da Dong (Beijing)
15. Sukiyabashi Jiro (Tokyo)
16. Bellagio (Beijing)
17. Karavalli (Bangalore, India)
18. Caprice (Hong Kong)
19. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)
20. Le Musee (Sapporo, Japan)
21. Lemongrass (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
22. Endo Sushi (Osaka, Japan)
23. Takazawa (Tokyo)
24. Bukhara (New Delhi, India)
25. Kingfisher (Unawatuna, Sri Lanka)
26. Mr & Mrs Bund (Shanghai)
27. Flutes at the Fort (Singapore)
28. Quan An Ngon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
29. Fat Siu Lau (Macau)
30. Byeokje Galbi (Seoul, South Korea)
31. Tim Ho Wan (Hong Kong)
32. Indigo (Mumbai, India)
33. Kikunoi Honten (Kyoto, Japan)
34. Amber (Hong Kong)
35. Maxim’s Chiuchow Garden (Hong Kong)
36. Baekdu (Busan, South Korea)
37. Soul Food Mahanakorn (Bangkok, Thailand)
38. Jean Georges (Shanghai)
39. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (Hong Kong)
40. Southern Barbarian (Beijing)
41. Man Wah (Hong Kong)
42. Sushi Saito (Tokyo)
43. Tu Hsiao Yueh (Taipei, Taiwan)
44. Alameda (Beijing)
45. Yung Kee (Hong Kong)
46. CUT (Singapore)
47. Ojangdong Hamheung Naengmyeon (Seoul, S. Korea)
48. Kojyu (Tokyo)
49. Noodle Loft (Beijing)
50. Nonzero (Taipei, Taiwan)
51. Yat Lok Restaurant (Hong Kong)
52. Sushi Oyama (Shanghai)
53. Cepage (Hong Kong)
54. Farmer’s Original Handmade Hamburger (Busan, S. Korea)
55. Orient Express (New Delhi, India)
56. Liqun Roast Duck (Beijing)
57. The Drawing Room (Hong Kong)
58. La Maison 1888 (Danang, Vietnam)
59. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai)
60. Quintessence (Tokyo)
61. Goga (Shanghai)
62. Ishikawa (Tokyo)
63. Nicholini’s (Hong Kong)
64. Mozaic (Bali, Indonesia)
65. Sawada (Tokyo)
66. Bo.lan (Bangkok, Thailand)
67. Transit (Beijing)
68. Felix (Hong Kong)
69. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo)
70. Osteria de Angie (Taipei, Taiwan)
71. Hoi An (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
72. Hatsune (Beijing)
73. Iggy’s (Singapore)
74. Seventy-Two Beef Noodle Restaurant (Taipei, Taiwan)
75. Restaurant Guy Savoy (Singapore)
76. La Cocotte (Taipei, Taiwan)
77. Sushi Mizutani (Tokyo)
78. Camoes (Macau)
79. Garuda Padang Cuisine (Jakarta, Indonesia)
80. Hajime (Osaka, Japan)
81. Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard (Beijing)
82. The Chairman (Hong Kong)
83. Don Alfonso 1890 (Macau)
84. Santouka Ramen (Asahikawa, Japan)
85. Jing’An Restaurant (Shanghai)
86. Hiroshima (Taipei, Taiwan)
87. My Humble House (Beijing)
88. Petrus (Hong Kong)
89. Man Fu Lou (Beijing)
90. Hutong (Hong Kong)
91. Friends the Restaurant (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
92. Three Guizhou Men (Beijing)
93. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant (Singapore)
94. Sirocco (Bangkok, Thailand)
95. Mandarine (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
96. Bao Yuan Dumpling House (Beijing)
97. Aqua (Hong Kong)
98. Jia 21 Hao (Beijing)
99. Karaiya Spice House (Beijing)
100. Kitcho Arashiyama (Kyoto, Japan)
101. Baan Aarya (Bintan, Indonesia)

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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