Met up with some friends for dinner at the newly opened Jin Din Rou! The restaurant picked Honolulu as their newest location in addition to 4 existing operations in/around Tokyo and 2 in Taipei. They are most famous for their xiao long bao (soup dumplings), one of my absolute favorite treats of all time.
Sorry, I forgot to write down prices, they did not have takeout menus available yet, and the menu on their website shows prices for the Tokyo locations in Japanese yen. But my overall impression is that pricing for xiao long bao was quite reasonable, and pricing for all other items were average, except for the fact that portions were characteristically Japanese (well presented, but small).
Xiao Long Bao! Little, delicate purses filled with pork and hot soup. According to the directions provided on “how to eat xiao long bao”, you’re supposed to break the skin, drink the soup, then dip it in black vinegar and enjoy with fresh slivers of ginger. For me, there’s only one way to eat my xiao long bao: by popping the whole thing in my mouth and enjoying the burst of flavor (and of course, burning my tongue in the process).
Traditional xiao long bao
Oolong flavored xiao long bao – similar in flavor to the traditional, but with a hint of tea flavor and tannins
Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Sauce
Tantanmen – with lots of freshly ground sesame
Shrimp and BBQ Pork Omelette
Beef with Bamboo Shoots and Bell Peppers
Pork and Sweet Potatoes in a Sweet and Sour Sauce
Nothing too exciting to share about the ala carte menu items, but I know I’ll be going back again and again just for the xiao long bao.
I’ve posed this question before, but does anyone know where else I can try good xiao long bao in Honolulu?
MENU: View the menu on their website. Menus are for Japan locations and prices are listed in yen, but the item list is very similar to the Hawaii location.
Jin Din Rou Hawaii
1491 South King Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
Weekdays 11:00a-3:00p, 5:00p-12:00a
Sundays & Holidays 11:00a-3:30p, 5:00p-10:00p