[Taipei] Kao Chi 高記
Started in 1949, Kao Chi is a Chinese restaurant specializing in Shanghainese cuisine. It is famous for its xiao long bao (小籠包) and pan-fried pork buns (生煎包), which are popular dim sum menu items. We visited its flagship store in Yongkang Street (永康街), otherwise known as “美食街” or “foodie street”. Its main rival, Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐), is located just around the corner. A short 5-min stroll down the street, you will find a popular shaved ice smoothie cafe, Smoothie House (思慕昔). Also in the area are Yong Kang Beef Noodles and Lao Zhang Beef Noodles.
2 types of xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) are available: The normal version (元籠小籠包) NT$180 and the crab-roe version (蟹黃小籠包) NT$280. They come in a basket of 10. We ordered the crab-roe version (pictured above) and they look as beautiful as they are delicious.
I personally find the xiao long bao here superior to the ones from its famous rival, Din Tai Fung. The skin is smooth and just thin enough to contain the flavourful soup broth inside. The pork and crab roe filing is also just sufficient to fill the skin without lending an overly “meaty” taste to the whole dumpling. wiffy’s sis mentioned that she has tried xiao long baos in many places all over the world and concluded that the ones here are the best!
Kao Chi 高記 (Yongkang Outlet)
Address: No. 1 Yongkang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan
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Opening hours/營業時間: Mon-Fri 10am to 10.30pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am to 10.30pm
Getting there: For now, the nearest MRT Station is either Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Station or Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station but either one is too far to walk from so it’s highly recommended to take a cab. Lookout for Dongmen Station Exit 5, opening in Sept 2012, which will only be a 5-min walk away.
Notes: Menu in English, Chinese and Japanese. Credit cards accepted.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.
wiffy: Their crab roe xiao long bao (蟹黃小籠包) is the best xiao long bao I have eaten in my life! It is a winner in terms of both aesthetics and taste. All four of us agree that their crab-roe xiao long baos are much better than the famous Din Tai Fung ones just a few steps away, at a lower price, and without the perpetual long queue. We went Din Tai Fung and Smoothie House (Yong Kang 15) right after eating at Kao Chi. If I come back again, I will try their other famous signature dish, Wuxi ribs.
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