Restaurant Kao chi, No. 150, Section 1, Fuxing S Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Kao Chi restaurant is special ?
Kao Chi, undoubtedly the biggest rival to Din Tai Fung, is known amongst the locals as one of Taipei’s biggest kept secret. Located in the famous stretch of Yong Kang Street and just around the corner from the original Din Tai Fung, Kao Chi is a 3-storey restaurant serving up similar dishes and specializing in Shanghainese cuisine, but at a fraction of the price, and without all the touristy hype surrounding Din Tai Fung i.e. no 1 hour waits in queues, top quality service, a very extensive menu and some would argue even better food than it’s competitor.
Must try dishes:
Wuxi Ribs Kao
Sliced Boiled Pork with Garlic Sauce
Deep Fried Pork Chop
Steamed Crab Meat and Pork Dumplings
- “Good quality food”
- “Great pan fried buns ”
- “Decent food, nice ambience”
- “Happy With The Food”
- “Very tasty steamed buns”
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu YES
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
Kao chi, No. 150, Section 1, Fuxing S Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Tips for you
They seem to have a few restaurants, we went to the the one near the Zhongshan (中山) station. There were quite a few people waiting outside when we were there on Saturday. We had made a booking prior. The food was good, the service was fine too. I enjoyed trying some new dishes for myself, such as eel; I enjoy the Japanese ways it is prepared but the first for me to try a Chinese style. The pan fried dumpling were nice and juicy too. Din Tai Fung is very nice, particuarly the service, but locals prefer to come here. So good to come to a place where the locals like to go, particularly if dining with some people that live there; they may appreciate the thought. Visited May 2015
This place was supposed to be famous for their "xiao long bao". We didn't try the original dumpling, we chose the crab dumpling and it was really good. The sweetness of the pork and the soup flowed into our tongue as we bite into it. There was evident of crab meat in the dumpling. The meat was really smooth and melt in the mouth. The noodles we ordered was also very special. The chicken meat was tasty and very special. The spicy wanton tasted great too! It wasn't too spicy and there were some nuts added to give a crunchy texture. We were happy with our choice of food, though we would like to order more. The service however was slow. They missed out on our order and we waited almost 45mins before the food arrived. There wasn't any queue, though just next door where Ding Tai Fung was, was a long queue. The price is not cheap, it's like restaurant price.
The portion of the dishes are very big. It would be good to have more than 4 people to dine together so can share more good signature dishes!