Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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Hangzhou Xiaolong Tang Bao restaurant, Taipei

12/05/2012 Taiwan Explorer

Taipei is world famous for xiaolongbao, Shanghainese steamed dumplings, due to the popularity and global expansion of Din Tai Fung. Many visitors who come to our beautiful city, especially Japanese, believe Din Tai Fung is one of the must-visit restaurants, but I tend to disagree. It's certainly one of the finest xiaolongbao restaurants Taipei has to offer, but sometimes you don't want to stand in line on a cold windy day and perhaps you want to save a buck or two as well. If so, then I recommend you to visit Hangzhou Xiaolong Tang Bao restaurant, it's my favorite xiaolongbao restaurant in the city. It's easy to find, because it's just at the back side of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Let me show you what to expect, if you decide to visit:

The restaurant signboard.

Beautiful gold-like characters decorate the main entrance.

We had to wait about 5 min here, it was around 8.30 pm.

The kitchen can be seen from the street.

The interior is pleasant, tables are quite big.

We ordered a sweet and sour soup and some xiao cai.

We had a green onion cake 蔥油餅, which was one of the highlights of our dinner.

Then came the main dish: xiaolongbao.

They were delicious! Definitely my favorite in all Taipei.

My wife ordered spicy stinky tofu 麻辣臭豆腐, it's her favorite.

The kitchen as seen from inside the restaurant.

The verdict

This often disregarded restaurant offers some of the best Chinese food in Taipei for a very good price: around 5 USD per person. Can you imagine? The service was very professional and quick, the interior was pretty clean and cozy. There were a lot of families and friends gathering for dinner, most of them must have been Taiwanese. I have not spotted any Western tourist, I suppose it's still a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. I highly recommend this place and I'll definitely return soon.

English name: Hangzhou Xiaolong Tang Bao
Chinese name: 杭州小籠湯包
Romanization: Hángzhōu Xiǎolóng Tāng Bāo
Address: 台北市杭州南路二段53之5號
Phone number: (02) 2393 5875
Opening hours: 11:00 - 24:00
Website: TTNews
Money per person: 150 NT$
Need to book: No.
Find location: Google maps
[My FOOD IN TAIPEI page][All photos by MKL, 2012]