Din Tai Fung, the dumpling and noodle hotspot celebrated from Taipei to LA for perfecting the art of the Xiao Long Bao, has debuted its first Las Vegas venue at ARIA Resort & Casino. The legacy of Din Tai Fung dates back to Taiwan 1972 when Bing-Yi Yang pivoted his simple cooking oil shop to focus on the increasingly popular soup dumplings. Revered for its attention to detail, Din Tai Fung caught the attention of Japanese tourists, launching a worldwide dumpling empire that now stretches across 13 countries. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the concept’s expansion to the United States.
For Din Tai Fung, ARIA preserved a space designed by Bentel & Bentel. Featuring a soaring 40-foot glass wall delivering spectacular views of Vdara’s architecture and Nancy Rubins’ “Big Edge” art installation, the space is flooded with natural light. Din Tai Fung’s dining space is punctuated with cliffs made from hundreds of stacked stones and paintings from Parker Ito that originally debuted at Art Basel. The works intertwine Ito’s Japanese heritage with his experiences in Las Vegas, while depicting his unconventional studio practice utilizing photography, painting and printmaking techniques. A lively show kitchen serves as the venue’s signature design feature, spotlighting the craftsmanship of Din Tai Fung’s dedicated Xiao Long Bao culinary team and what goes into the intricate creation of 10,000 dumplings each day.
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