Din Tai Fung
|Din Tai Fung|
Xiaolongbao made to order at the restaurant behind glass pane
Din Tai Fung is a Chinese and Taiwanese restaurant franchise in Taiwan, specialising in xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings) and Huaiyang cuisine. Outside Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has branches in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Thailand, UK and the UAE.
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 when the store closed. Together with his Hakka wife, Lai Penmei, he founded Din Tai Fung (also a cooking oil retailer) in 1958. The name was a combination of his previous employer's company name "Heng Tai Fung" and his new supplier's company name "DinMei Oils".
Around 1970, tinned cooking oil became prevalent, and business diminished drastically. In order to survive, Yang and his wife turned over half the shop to making and selling steamed buns (Xiaolongbao) by hiring chefs from Shanghai where the Xiaolongbao is originally from. The buns were so popular that the store stopped selling oil altogether and became a full-fledged restaurant in 1972. The original restaurant is located on Xinyi Road in Taipei.
In 1996, the first international location opened in Tokyo, and the first North American store opened in Arcadia, California in 2000. The first European branch was opened in London in December of 2018.
Din Tai Fung is known internationally for its xiaolongbao. It was named one of the top ten restaurants in the world by The New York Times on 17 January 1993. In November 2009, the restaurant's first Hong Kong branch at Tsim Sha Tsui, 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 recommended by the Michelin Guide, as well as Hong Kong's Silvercord Branch in 2013.
On January 30 2019, YouTube footage was posted of a rat inside a Din Tai Fung establishment in Australia, resulting in a prohibition order preventing the eatery from re-opening until further notice.
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