Din Tai Fung was originally founded as a cooking oil retail shop in 1958. As the consumption patterns of cooking oil started to change in the early 1970s threatening the survival of the business, Din Tai Fung was transformed to a restaurant in 1972 serving XiaoLongBao. The New York Times, 1993, rated Din Tai Fung as among the top ten restaurants of the world, the only Asian restaurant on the list. The Hong Kong branch has been awarded one Michelin star for five consecutive years since 2010. It is a distinctive honor shared by no other Taiwanese restaurants in the past. In 2013, Din Tai Fung was ranked No. 1 in the “101 Best Restaurants in Asia” list, released by US-based food website, The Daily Meal; and worlds second best chain for travelers by CNN. Headquartered in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung has branches in Japan, United States, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, and Macau. Din Tai Fung is inviting the world to this exquisite cuisine from Taiwan.