It is said that Din Tai Fung of Taiwan first entered the Japan in 1996. There are now more Japan chain restaurants than there are in Taiwan. In addition, it seems that Pearl milk tea invented in Taiwan landed in Japan in the late 1990s.
Actually, when I went on a business trip to Taiwan in the mid-1990s, I enjoyed soup dumpling of Din Tai Fung and pearl milk tea. We went to Din Tai Fung for lunch and tasted soup dumpling. I had soup dumpling full of gravy on a small plate with soy sauce, vinegar and ginger. The soup dumpling I ate for the first time was very delicious and exciting. After finishing lunch at Din Tai Fung, we went to the small stand next door and ordered pearl milk tea. This was also the first time I had drunk it. Milk tea alone is delicious, but when it contains tapioca pearls, its texture can’t be said anything, and I immediately became a fan. I even wanted to sell pearl milk tea in Japan.
（Image: Pearl milk tea and Soup dumpling）