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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards. We’ll be featuring these snapshots from Yoko in Chengdu and Shanghai all week here on the blog. Enjoy! – Kayoko


One of the many advantages of staying in Shanghai is that there are almost as many Din Tai Fungs (DTF) here as there are Starbucks in Seattle. Which also mean no lines!


Although originally from Taiwan, the Shanghainese can not get enough of Din Tai Fung. There is branch a block away from our hotel in a modern shopping mall nestled between Prada and the Apple Store.


I'm sure almost everyone has seen photos of their famous XLBs so here's a picture of the malontau (a cold dish of chopped wild vegetable and beancurd dish) that doesn't seem to be on the DTF menu in the States.


Like many DTFs around the world, the one here was clean, simple, consistent and provided excellent service.