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[Taipei] Kao Chi

Crab roe and pork xiao long bao

Started in 1949, Kao Chi (高記) 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.

Crab Roe Xiao Long Bao
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!

Thinly-sliced ginger are provided as a must-have condiment for the xiao long bao.

Ginger with vinegar
Add some vinegar to the ginger to complete the condiment.

pan-fried pork buns
Pan-fried pork buns (生煎包) NT$180 are the store’s signature dish. They are served in a hot pan with a traditional wooden cover.

Sheng Jian Bao
The pan-fried buns as they are revealed. They also come in a pot of 10.

pan-fried pork buns
Cute little buns with sesame toppings.

Minced pork filing inside every bun. While not bad tasting, we consider it to be quite average and a little too meaty.

Kaochi, Taipei
Various pastries, desserts and bottled sauces are available for take-away.

Kaochi, Taipei
The service crew was very friendly, patient and attentive. From the entrance to your table and to the cashier on your way out, you feel very welcome and comfortable as a guest at the restaurant.

Kaochi, Taipei
Clean and simple yet elegant Chinese setting at the restaurant.

Kaochi, Taipei
Cute miniatures of their signature dishes on display at the cashier counter.

Kaochi, Taipei

Kao Chi 高記 (Yongkang Outlet)
地址: 台北市永康街1號
Address: No. 1 Yongkang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan
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Telephone/電話: 02-23419984
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.

What’s nearby: Din Tai Fung, Kao Chi, Lao Zhang Beef Noodles, Yong Kang Beef Noodles

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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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2 Responses to “[Taipei] Kao Chi”

  1. Bee — July 30, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I was tempted to eat here instead of DTF the last time I was in Taipei, aiya. Have to try it the next time. The pictures of the XLB look like they are perfect. :)


    • wiffy replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      Hi Bee, hope you have a chance to try it out soon. I’m sure you can re-create it beautifully in your kitchen :)