Following a career as a math teacher then a mechanic, Jiayu Lin founded the first Bafang Dumpling in 1998 in the Tianmu neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan. The franchise now has over 1,300 locations around Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, with the first U.S. location opened earlier this year in City of Industry, CA. The restaurant is currently franchising in the U.S., which will result in several new branches opening in Southern California and beyond.
The first San Diego branch of Bafang Dumpling will open in a 3,000 square-foot space within the Village at Mira Mesa Shopping Center. Like other branches, expect fast-casual service with a menu of Taiwanese comfort foods like potstickers, dumplings, “QQ” noodles, small plates, combo meals, tea lattes, matcha & boba drinks, and other soy milk-based beverages.