All you can eat dim sums at Taipei’s Chao Ping Ji (潮品集)!

February 23, 2014 in Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

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There are plenty of mediocre dim sum/yum cha joints in Taipei, some decent ones, and a handful of very good ones. One of the best, in my opinion, is Chao Ping Ji (潮品集), which offers all-you-can-eat dim sums of the highest quality.

There are two Chao Ping Ji restaurants in Taipei. One is at the San Want Hotel in the busy Zhongxiao Dunhua district, and the other (which we’ve been to multiple times) is near Q Square near Taipei Main Station. It is actually a high quality award-winning Chinese restaurant that serves traditional Chaozhou fare, but they have more recently become popular because of their all-you-can-eat yum cha.

How good is it? Take a look at the menu, a single two-sided two-pager packed with goodies.

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As you can see, there are three all-you-can-eat sessions daily: 11:30-14:30, 14:30-16:30 and 17:30-21:30. It’s NT$549 for adults and NT$299 for children for weekday lunch and afternoon tea, and NT$599 for adults and NT$329 for children at all other times. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge.

The good thing about this place is that they don’t have waiters carts running all over the place to see if you would like a certain dish. Instead, you just order from the menu, as little or as much as you want, whatever you want, and they just keep bringing it over to you. Most of the portions are reasonably small, but even then it was too much for me at times, so I would tell them to give me even smaller portions so I can try more dishes.

The front page of the menu is all roasted platters and specialty dishes, while the back page contains the dim sums, rice and noodles, soups and desserts. Some of the dishes are traditional stuff, but some of the other dishes are not ones you’d commonly find. The variety is amazing, but so is the quality of the food. You really need to pace yourself or else you won’t get to try nearly as many dishes.

Here are just some of the ones we got on the day.

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Chilled jellyfish and marinated chicken

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Shu mai, prawn dumplings and chicken feet

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Minced preserved egg and pork congee

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Steamed shrimp rice roll

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Deep fried pork ribs with garlic

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Sauteed turnip cake with XO sauce

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Sweet and sour pork with pineapple

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Steamed loofah with garlic and steamed pork ribs with black bean sauce

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Fried rice

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Stir-fried vegies

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Fried spring rolls with garoupa

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Panna cotta, red bean soup, sago

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Egg yolk custard bun

Comfortable setting, great service, wonderful variety and delicious food. Best overall dim sum joint in Taipei I’ve been to, and it’s not very close.

10/10

Details

Chao Ping Ji (潮品集)

Website: http://www.sanwant.com/Traditional/3-0.htm (San Want Hotel, in Chinese only)

Address/Phone:

San Want Hotel store — Level 2&3, No. 172, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei (nearest MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua); (02) 2772 2687-9

Q-Square store — No. 17-1, Section 1, Chengde Road, Taipei (nearest MRT Taipei Main Station); (02) 2558 5128

Hours: 11:30-14:30 (lunch), 14:30-16:30 (afternoon tea), 17:30-21:30 (dinner)