I have long heard about Din Tai Fung, a popular international chain restaurant known for its exquisite steamed soup dumplings (“XiaoLongBao”) and other dim sum dishes. Originated from Taiwan, the chain now has many locations throughout Asia, the U.S. and Australia. The restaurants are usually situated in trendy shopping malls and bustling business centers.
Recently, Din Tai Fung opened a branch at the heart of Silicon Valley. For the first few weeks, people had to line up for hours in the crowded Valley Fair Mall just to get into the door. To accommodate the overwhelming enthusiasm of foodies, the restaurant just started to use online reservations to fill in all its seating. Lucky to get a table reserved a week ago, I went there today to experience the quintessential Taiwanese dim sum.
I was not disappointed, as you can see from below:
Sitting in a mall in San Jose, I was savoring a tradition an ocean away. The food at Din Tai Fung, with the original finesse and flair of Taiwan, allowed me to experience a wonderful piece of Chinese culture.
When cultures transcend borders, food always leads the way.
I wish everyone an exciting and enriching summer experience!