CHAO PING JI
at San Want Hotel, 2 FL
No. 172, Zhong Xiao East Rd., Sec. 4
(02) 2772-2121 ext. 2200, 2201
website: sanwant.com English, Chinese and Japanese
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Lunch 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Kid friendliness: high chairs available and lots of kid pleasing dim sum options
Visit reviewed: 12/22/2008
Previous review: 5/2007
After a few impromptu visits to Chao Ping Ji without my camera, I finally had it on me, with the battery charged, ready to capture the har gow in all its close-up beauty. Quite a few of my friends declared Chao Ping Ji the best dim sum in town and it seems that the readers of this blog agree- as it won "Best Dim Sum" award in the 2008 Best of Taipei Reader's Choice Poll.
All the dim sum favorites- har gow (shrimp dumpling in translucent wrapper), siu mai and luo bo gao (pan fried radish cake)- quickly got snatched up by chopsticks. If you're looking to try some new things, you should order the you tiao chang fun or rice noodle with fried doughnut in the center and the rice noodle sauteed with XO sauce.
Between the goose and the chicken, the goose is moister and more unique.
I probably wouldn't order the oily crispy taro thing- I can't even remember was it taro or mushroom?
Everything tastes fresh and flavorful. Everything you'd expect from a hotel restaurant and more- the extensive menu is in English and Chinese. The decor is elegant and restaurant is family friendly, with private rooms available. It was pretty packed all the times we went, so call ahead for reservations, especially if you have a larger group.