For many people, the best xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, are wrapped at Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung, which just opened its latest outpost at Pacific Place downtown. If you want to verify for yourself, prepare for a perpetual line.
Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop. In 1972, it transitioned into a full fledged restaurant specializing in soup dumplings and noodles. The restaurant was soon winning rave reviews from all over the world. The tradition of Din Tai Fung continues today in its locations in the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Thailand.