This is a roadside stall in Banqiao, Taipei. Although the stall, which is called Lane 56 soup dumpling restaurant, is not very impressive, the owner was once a master of a soup dumplings shop in Taiwan, which is as famous as Din Tai Fung. The owner’s mother used to work nearby. By chance, the owner decided to leave his job and start a business here.
As the saying goes, everything is difficult at first. The reputation of a famous soup dumpling shop does not bring much popularity to the master who makes the soup dumplings. After all, the customers recognize the signboard rather than the master. When the stall started, sometimes it even sold only two baskets a day. Although once wanted to give up, but the shopkeeper gritted his teeth until now, seven years later, the shop’s business has slowly improved. With the promotion of some food vloggers on ins and other platforms, the situation in the store is booming. However, just as the business improved, the owner’s mother was found to have colorectal cancer. Fortunately, it was discovered earlier and the situation was still under control. Even she is ill, the mother still worrys about her son and often goes to the store to help. Please forgive them if you don’t get greeted well.
Shrimp Shaomai is one of the shop’s signature products, using fresh shelled shrimp, putting a whole shrimp on top of Shaomai. After steaming, it will be shining, crystal clear, like a work of art. But the cost is high, so the store can only supply limited. Spicy soup dumplings with unlimited delicacy is another feature of the shop, which is also very popular.
Myself also suffering from colorectal cancer, so I had a long conversation with the owner’s mother during the filming. Even a small shop is full of ups and downs, bitters and sweets. On second thought, whose life is not?
Shop name: Lane 56 soup dumplings
Address: No.1, Lane 56, Yumin street, Banqiao District, Xinbei market, Taiwan
以上由 LATTE 口述，助理橙子整理。
The above was dictated by Latte and sorted out by assistant Jin