*Dinner* Kao Chi (高记) – The Legendary Taiwanese-Shanghai Cuisines
If you had been wondering which Dim Sum Cuisine that you should try during your visit to Taiwan (other than Din Tai Fung), we would definitely suggest Kao Chi (高记) be on the top list.
Started in 1949, Kao Chi (高记) are specialized in Shanghai Dim Sum with more than 60 years expertise and is one of the few restaurants that witnesses the growth of Taiwan up till date.
Seeing the fame and quality that they had built, we decided to try Kao Chi (高记) at least once on this round Taiwan trip! 😉
*Same like Din Tai Fung, no matter the day there will always be a long queue at the entrance, it is advised to be there early or make an early reservation if possible
Signature Xiao Long Bao
Our meal course in Kao Chi (高记) started off with an all-time favourite Kao Chi Pork Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) NT$160 which we put a very high hope on it (after receiving so many positive feedbacks).
As expected, the Kao Chi Xiao Long Bao are indeed scrumptious – the mini bun is pack filled with juicy pork broth inside that would spill out from a gentle bite.
If compare with Din Tai Fung, the Kao Chi variation uses pork paste mixture overall gives a very smooth aftertaste which keeps motivate you for having one and another.
*For those who are not interested in Xiao Long Bao, highly recommend to try out their Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包) which is one of the Kao Chi best selling items
Premium Seafood Noodle Soup
Since we decided to go “Light Weight” for this meal hence we took a bowl of Seafood Noodle Soup (海鲜面汤) NT$180 which consists of noodles, clam, fish slices, bamboo shoot, and vegetables.
Don’t get deceived by its clear appearance, the broth actually tasted very refreshing and robust packed with seafood (especially clam) on each sip.
This dish can be shared between two people and you are to be sure to hit the tip of your stomach once you cleared the Xiao Long Bao plus this Seafood Soup Noodle! 😉
*For those who do not feel like having noodle dishes, the best alternative in Kao Chi would be their signature Fried Rice with Shrimps which only limited to certain outlet
Colourful Red Bean Steam Cake
For those who are having a sweet-tooth then you wouldn’t want to miss the Kao Chi Red Bean Steam Cake (相思豆松糕) NT$80 which is the best after meal delicacies.
Soft, Chewy and Sticky is the first impression that the Kao Chi Red Bean Steam Cake gives us on the first few munching session.
The steam cake itself doesn’t have much taste, to begin with, but the assorted beans, nuts, prunes and sweets scattered all around is the real game-changing.
*It is smart to request with the waiter to serve this dessert in the ending so that you could still enjoy the soft texture from the steam cake
Our Conclusion – Kao Chi (高记) has its own unique taste on each dishes which you can barely find from elsewhere, moreover, the price is reasonable while also provides a relaxing ambience (plus unlimited free Chinese tea) for having a proper meal. True facts about what the local said – if you cant bare with the long queue at Din Tai Fung (situated only few shops away) the next best alternative would be Kao Chi.
Location and Contact Details of Kao Chi
Address: No.1, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Other Kao Chi Outlet:
- No.150 Sec.1 Fuxing S. Rd., Taipei City
- No. 133 Sec.1 Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei City
- No. 88 YanChang Rd., Taipei City