Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Business has been booming for a retired navy captain now selling steamed buns ever since his attractive daughter joined his ranks full time.
Luciana Mo, who is also known by her nickname ‘Didi’, began helping her mum and dad with their steamed bun side business in 2014 while she was still in university.
A year later, the now 25-year-old was launched to internet stardom when a customer snapped a picture of the bun goddess – and her fame has lasted for more than just 15 minutes.
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Her dad, Mo Shan-jung, retired from the navy six years ago having captained a La Fayette-class frigate and circumnavigated the globe in the name of diplomacy for the self-ruled island of Taiwan.
After retiring, he turned his family’s side business selling steamed buns into full-time job, opening the Tian Te Tai restaurant in Kaohsiung City’s Nanzi District in south-western Taiwan.
Business is so good that Luciana, who is the oldest of three sisters, decided to join full-time.
She can now been seen every Monday to Friday either manning the cash register or making fresh buns in the kitchen.
Her dad has since extended their business to sell dumplings and steamed bread too.
More than three years after she was first snapped and christened the bun goddess, Luciana, whose Chinese name is Mo Chih-ti, is still drawing in crowds from far and wide.
According to reports, customers from Macao and even as far as Japan have travelled to her dad’s shop just to see her, turning the restaurant into a place of pilgrimage for fans of the stunning steamed foods babe.
Luciana has plenty of experience making dumplings and buns, as she explained when revealing a little more about herself.
“I’ve been making dumplings since I was young,” she said, adding: “When I was in secondary school, my dad’s ship ordered 20,000 dumplings.”
She recalled: “I took a week off from school just to help my mum make dumplings.”
Portions of Lucian’s handmade dumplings cost just 30 TWD (76p) per portion.
Some corners of the public have accused her of “selling her body” instead of the tasty staple.
She responded by saying: “Everyone tries to look their best at work, and my family’s business is my work.
“So I don’t really care about what people online have to say.”
Having studied English in university, the bun babe has revealed she would like to one day open up dumpling restaurants overseas.