Din Tai Fung
|Din Tai Fung|
|Xiaolongbao made to order at the restaurant behind glass pane|
Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specialising in xiaolongbao (small steamed buns). Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has branches in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand.
The characters in the name mean: 鼎, a type of cooking cauldron; 泰, peaceful; and 豐, abundant.
Founder Yang Bingyi was born in Shanxi, China, but moved to Taiwan in 1948 as a result of the Chinese Civil War. After working 10 years at Heng Tai Fung (恆泰豐), a cooking oil retailer, he found himself unemployed due the store's closing. Thus, he and his wife, Lai Penmei, founded Din Tai Fung (also a cooking oil retailer) in 1958. Around 1980, tinned cooking oil became prevalent, and business diminished drastically. In order to survive, Yang and his wife began making and selling steamed buns (xiaolongbao) on the side. The buns were so popular that the store stopped selling oil altogether and became a full-fledged restaurant in the 1980s. The original restaurant is located on Xinyi Road in Taipei.
In 1993, Din Tai Fung gained international attention when it received a favorable review ("outstanding") by The New York Times as part of a roundup of recommended restaurants around the world. Over the years, numerous publications have mistakenly repeated the claim that The New York Times had named Din Tai Fung has one of the top 10 gourmet restaurants in the world. In November 2009, the restaurant's first Hong Kong branch at Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀), Silvercord Branch (新港店), was awarded one Michelin star by the Hong Kong and Macau 2010 edition of the Michelin Guide. In December 2010, the restaurant's second branch in Hong Kong at Causeway Bay, Yee Wo Branch (怡和店), was also awarded one Michelin star.
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- "Din Tai Fung profits plunge 30%". Taipei Times. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
- "Soft diplomacy targets taste buds in Europe". Taiwan Today. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
- | url = http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/17/travel/top-notch-tables-teipei-taiwan.html "Top-Notch Tables: Teipei (sic), Taiwan, The New York Times, date = 1993-01-17
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- Din Tai Fung official website (Global) (English)
- Din Tai Fung official website (USA) (English)