Take Two for September 4, 2013

Dumpling house Din Tai Fung expands to Glendale, Costa Mesa

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Cooks make pork and shrimp shumai dumplings at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia on Aug. 16. Soon, the restaurant will expand to Glendale and Costa Mesa.

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The dough for pork and shrimp shumai dumplings is flattened into a circle, then coated with flower. A utensil adds the wavy texture to the dough before it is filled with meat.

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The restaurant’s specialty is xiaolongbao, a juicy pork dumpling that shoots out bursts of flavorful broth with every bite.

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Justin Quan, a student at UC Irvine, tries Din Tai Fung's soup dumplings in Arcadia for the first time on Aug. 16.

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Frank Yang runs the Din Tai Fung restaurants in the U.S. The dumping house is a family business, started by Yang's father, Bingyi. In 1958, Bungyi Yang started his own peanut oil company in Taipei, called Din Tai Fung. But in the late 1960's, peanut oil business dwindled.

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Waitresses serve milk tea at the Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia. The new location will open at the Americana in Glendale later this year.

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Albert and Aaron Yang, sons of Frank Yang, help out at the Arcadia dumpling house.

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Justin Quan eats a noodle dish during lunch with his mother. At left, the Chinese charters for "Din Tai Fung."

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Spicy wonton at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia.

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Traditional xiaolongbao pork soup dumpling at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia.

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Traditional xiaolongbao pork soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia.

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Aaron Yang buses tables during lunchtime at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia on a Friday. Yang is a student at Cornell, and helps out during the summer.

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Albert Yang takes down an order from a customer. Frank's sons will eventually help run the family business.

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A waiter takes orders from the kitchen. Din Tai Fung has 80 stores worldwide in countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and even Austrailia.


Asian restaurants headquartered overseas are expanding into Southern California. Their growth is fueled by an increasing Asian American population that wants a taste of home.

Taiwan-based dumpling house, Din Tai Fung, is the latest example of this trend. KPCC's business reporter Wendy Lee brings us this profile.


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