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Din Tai Fung
Xiaolongbao made to order at the restaurant behind glass pane
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinDǐng Tài Fēng
Gwoyeu RomatzyhDiing Tay Feng
RomanizationDin tah fun
Yue: Cantonese
JyutpingDing2 taai3 fung1
Southern Min
Japanese name
RomanizationDin Tai Fōn

Din Tai Fung (The Star): Quick feed - See 114 traveler reviews, 48 candid photos, and great deals for Sydney, Australia, at Tripadvisor. The soup dumplings once described by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold as “small miracles” will find a new home as Din Tai Fung announces its first Las Vegas location, joining the.

RAS Epicurean Star Award 2018. Best Chinese Chain Restaurant. T Dining Singapore. Best Restaurants 2018/19. Wine & Dine Singapore. Top Restaurants (10 consecutive. Din Tai Fung is the standard-bearer for Taiwanese/Chinese cuisine internationally and their pop-up kiosk at The Star is not exception. Although the xiao long baos or soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung were not the best that I have tried personally, it was fascinating how they could serve delicious XLBs consistently.

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant franchise specializing in Huaiyang cuisine.[1] 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.[2]



A Din Tai Fung restaurant in Beijing

Founder Yang Bingyi[3] initially worked ten years at Heng Tai Fung (恆泰豐), a cooking oil retailer in Taiwan. He then wanted to branch out on his own to support his family. With his Hakka wife, Lai Penmei, he founded a cooking oil retailer in 1958. They named it Din Tai Fung by combining the names of Yang's previous employer, 'Heng Tai Fung', and their new supplier, 'DinMei Oils'.[4]

Around 1970, tinned cooking oil became prevalent, and business diminished drastically. Heng Tai Fung's owner suggested that to survive, Yang and Lai convert half the shop to making and selling steamed buns (xiaolongbao). The buns grew so popular that the store stopped selling oil altogether and became a full-fledged restaurant in 1972. The original restaurant is on Xinyi Road in Taipei.[5]

In 1996, the first international location opened in Tokyo, and the first North American store opened in Arcadia, California in 2000.[6] The first European branch was opened in London in December 2018.[7] Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry in the United States, the first North American restaurant closed permanently on June 11, 2020.[8]


Din Tai Fung is known internationally for its paper-thin wrapped xiaolongbao with 18 folds. The New York Times named it one of the top ten restaurants in the world in 1993.[9][10][11] In November 2009, the Hong Kong and Macau 2010 edition of the Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant's first Hong Kong branch at Tsim Sha Tsui, Silvercord Branch (新港店), a Michelin star.[12] The Michelin Guide recommended the restaurant's second branch in Hong Kong at Causeway Bay, Yee Wo Branch (怡和店), in December 2010, as well as Hong Kong's Silvercord Branch in 2013.[13]

In January 2019, Din Tai Fung voluntarily closed their Westfield Sydney location after discovering rats, which nearby construction had displaced.[14] The city council also required the restaurant pass health inspections before re-opening.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Din Tai Fung profits plunge 30%'. Taipei Times. 24 Dec 2008. p. 11.
  2. ^'About us::Our chronology(P1)'. Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  3. ^Hsu, Allen (7 Dec 2007). 'Soft diplomacy targets taste buds in Europe'. Taiwan Today.
  4. ^'Din Tai Fung Dumpling House :: North America – About Us'. Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^'About us::Our history'. Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. ^'Chronology – Din Tai Fung USA'. dintaifungusa.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  7. ^'World-Famous Taiwan Dumpling Chain Din Tai Fung Announces London Opening Date'. Eater London. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  8. ^Cheng, Ching-Tse (June 11, 2020). 'Taiwan's Din Tai Fung closing first US location due to financial pressures'. Taiwan News. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  9. ^'Photo'. i1159.photobucket.com. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  10. ^Hom, Ken (17 January 1993). 'Top-Notch Tables; Teipei, Taiwan'. The New York Times.
  11. ^'Taiwanese Restaurant - Din Tai Fung'. www.dintaifungusa.com.
  12. ^'Taipei major shopping zone sets sights on Cambodia'. Focus Taiwan News Channel. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  13. ^'Affordable Dining in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung'. shescookin. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  14. ^Zhou, Naaman (31 January 2019). 'Vermin invasion: Sydney construction boom sends rats into restaurants'. The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  15. ^'Footage of large rat at Din Tai Fung in Westfield Sydney'. news.com.au. 31 January 2019.

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Din Tai Fung is a renowned dumpling and noodle restaurant, known for perfecting the craft and culinary art of Xiao Long Bao, a type of Chinese steamed bun/dumpling from Jiangsu province. Din Tai Fung will open its first Las Vegas location at ARIA Resort & Casino on October 19.

With a Taiwan tradition dating back to 1927, Din Tai Fung’s Las Vegas opening marks the 25th anniversary of the concept’s expansion to the United States. Din Tai Fung’s precisely handcrafted Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings, have been considered by many chefs, “small miracles.” The Shanghai-style multi-pleated soup dumplings feature the highest quality Kurobuta pork and broth, fragranced with aromas of fresh ginger and green onion.

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The new resort restaurant will offer a lively show kitchen with skilled chefs displaying the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of each handcrafted dumpling. The restaurant is taking the space of the former Aria Café, and will seat 212 people when it opens, after adjusting for the limited capacity and social distancing requirements that restaurants currently must follow. Chen-Wei Chan, a veteran of Wazuzu, Red 8 and Hakkasan Group, is the executive chef and will lead the kitchen.

Like much unique food and restaurants from China, there are substantial stories about their beginnings and the evolution. Originally founded in 1958as a cooking oil retail business, Din Tai Fung was repurposed in Taiwan as a steamed dumpling and noodle restaurant in 1972. In 1996, the first international location opened in Tokyo, and the first location in North America opened in Arcadia, California in 2000. In 2009, the Hong Kong branch was awarded one Michelin star. Din Tai Fung now has 7 locations in California, 5 locations in the Pacific Northwest and more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries worldwide.

Kurobuta Pork/Vegetable Dumpling/Bun

But the one major specialty of this restaurant is its dumplings.

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In 2006 the Shanghai government listed them as a protected national treasure. Their cultural impact in China is substantial – so much so that they crossed borders and affected global cuisine. The Khinkali, for example, a Georgian (Russia) snack that resembles an oversized Xiao Long Bao, is said to have originated when the Mongols brought dumplings with them in the 13th century via the Silk Road from China.

The smaller Xiao Long Bao originated in late 19th-century Shanghai, at a time when the steamed-bun market was becoming increasingly competitive. What made Xiao Long Bao different from other steamed dumplings was the addition of aspic, a jellified meat stock, that melts into a flavored broth once the buns are steamed. Making aspic in the 19th century was time consuming: after boiling animal bones and leaving the broth to simmer for several hours, it was then left to cool and set to gelatin.

The dumplings were originally named nanxiang da rou mantou (literally ‘large meat-filled bun from Nanxiang’), but not surprisingly, the name didn’t catch on. What did, however, was the taste. Over time, the name evolved to the much simpler name xiao (‘small’) long (‘basket’) bao (‘bun’)

These dumplings are juicy, with flavorful fillings covered by light, thin dough. Shanghai dumplings are those with a well-seasoned, savory pork filling wrapped in a thin wheat-flour skin, then gently steamed on bamboo racks with the juices forming the soup. There are also shrimp and pork steamed dumplings, as well as vegetable steamed dumplings, with finely chopped fresh bok choy (Chinese white cabbage) mixed with savory rice, wrapped and steamed.

And for the dining patrons, Din Tai Fung is a lesson in culinary history. Tasting these “small miracles” in Las Vegas -- far from Shanghai (6500 miles) or Taiwan (6900 miles) -- distance minimizes, while taste memory maximizes, making this tasteful experience all the more memorable.

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