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Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
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Vegetarian Friendly
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0.6 miles from Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
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Just look for the bamboo steamers stacked up high at the entrance to find this simple, two-storey shop. It isn’t the ambiance that appeals to diners, i...
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Reviewed September 24, 2021

Kao Chi is located in Yongkang Street, one of Taipei's top food streets. Kao Chi serves delicate shao lung bao, which melt in the mouth. The mung bean vermicelli soup can also be recommended. Kao Chi is not fancy but the food is excellent and...you can't complain about the value; it's cash only. Kao Chi is rated highly by Michelin for quality and value.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 1, 2021

Kao Chi is much loved for its dumplings, especially in winter, because they are a warming food. Dumplings come in a variety of forms, such as zhao dz (steamed dumplings) and pot stickers. The shao lung bao originated in Shanghai; you nibble a hole in...the casing and suck out the piping-hot broth. Kao Chi is one of my favorite dumpling restaurants.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 18, 2020

Dumplings originated in North China, where the winters are frigid. More recently, shao lung bao arrived from Shanghai. The trick is to take a small bite of the dumpling and suck out the broth -- careful, it's hot! Another favourite dish is the fried dumplings,...which Americans call "pot stickers." Kao Chi is crowded in winter, when the weather is icy outside. Kao Chi is a favourite of the Wednesday Night group.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

Most people who eat soup dumplings (xiaolongbao) in Taiwan think that Din Tai Fung is the pinnacle--and while DTF does have outstanding dumplings, not many know that Kao Chi was the first restaurant on the scene to make these dumplings famous. Many years later, although...the DTF brand has been franchised the world over, Kao Chi is not nearly as well known, but it should definitely not be missed because, apart from its outstanding xiaolongbao, its menu is absolutely vast--and on two recent dining occasions during which we sampled a number of the dishes, they were turned out perfectly. For example, Dong-po pork, perfectly braised and served in steamed bread, was melt-in-your-mouth tender, the sauce neither too sweet nor salty. Their vegetable-fried rice was excellent as were the sauteed rice sticks (niangao) with vegetables and pork. Similar to their pork soup dumplings, the vegetarian dumplings were very flavorful, and a red-cooked bean curd tender and delectable. If you want to eat more than soup dumplings, go to Kao Chi--you'll find the dumplings and so much more. DTF really does not have the array of offerings from its kitchen, and with its fame and fortune their portions have shrunk quite a bit. Not so at Kao Chi.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 28, 2020

Very good service, good food, and--best of all--no wait! Food's maybe not quite as good as that at Din Tai Fung, but the quick seating counts for a lot. We like DTF, but the wait can be so long that this new discovery is going...to be our go-to option. We'll be back!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

The most impressive thing about this restaurant was that it opens in the morning of Lunar New Year Day. This place was the only one opened in the area. The service was quick, attentive and efficient. In term of food, the portion was big, easily...feed the whole family. In term of taste, it was average. None of the dim sum dishes was impressive, quite plain. Well, we did not have many choice for breakfast on New Year Day. It was the best available.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Food was very tasty, easily a Ding Tai Fong rival! We had the vegetable steamed dumplings, corn chowder, turnip puffs - so yummy. Service was excellent; I will be back for sure!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

whenever we go to taiwan we see to eat that we will have our dinner or lunch at kao chi really i love the food their good service the place is nice and clean

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

We ate here on our last night in Taiwan and really enjoyed the evening. There was a short queue outside on a Friday evening but the wait wasn’t too long. We had excellent Dan Dan Noodles, tasty dim sum, and a few other dishes. Highly...recommendedMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

Didn’t know about this place until introduced on our food tour. Glad we visited, brilliant food and no waiting, like another chain! Service was helpful and the atmosphere relaxed. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 23, 2019

Multiple floors of seating arrangements make it difficult for some; however, the quality of food, dishes and service are great, although there is wait (as many resturants in the area are) but the wait is usually short/fast and so does serving the dishes once ordered.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

Sublime Shanghai-style cuisine. Not one dish was a miss! Wish we’d have had time to go back again before we left.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 21, 2019 via mobile

This is the place I ate most often during my visit in Taipei this time. Much faster wait inline for a table, just as great tasting if not better than the near-by Ding Tai Fong.. This is just no way for me to wait over...20,30,or even long for a table just for dinner. I feel my money is much better & happier spent here. I love it!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 18, 2019 via mobile

There’s a reason that this restaurant was packed the night we went! Actually two reasons. First the service is excellent. Second, the food is excellent. What more can you say? They told us to wait outside in line would be 20 minutes but it was...more like five minutes. We really enjoyed a wonderful time here.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal. We had dumplings, fried rice and greens. Extensive menu and good quality. Just not as good as din Tai fung

Date of visit: October 2019
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Kao Chi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5