I was excited and saddened to hear that Din Tai Fung is opening in Las Vegas in the future:
“Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese restaurant chain known for its xiao long bao, will open a location at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas next year.
The new restaurant is taking over the space in the casino formerly occupied by the Aria Cafe. It will include an open kitchen where customers can watch cooks hand-stuffing and folding the soup dumplings. Besides xiao long bao, it will also serve pot stickers, pork buns, noodle soups and fried pork chops.”
Excited, since I travel occasionally to Las Vegas mostly for work to attend tradeshows (or to see Michelle Kwan), and love to check out new Din Tai Fung’s. Saddened because it was a dream of mine to open one up with a good college friend in Las Vegas. Alas, we will have to try to open one in another city …
Speaking of which, back in September, I was able to finally visit the Din Tai Fung in the Portland-area:
which is actually a suburb of Portland – Tigard, in a Westfield mall. I just had some XLBs and lo mein, which were up to the quality, but not as pricy as in San Jose.