If anyone asked me that what are the food he/she must try when visiting Taiwan, I usually give a long list of things. And one of them is "Xiaolongbao" (or steamed bun / dumpling) even though its origin is Shanghai. Usually I would recommend foreigners to go to Din Tai Fung because of its name although I’ve only been there once in my life. Why? Because there are too many Shanghai restaurants serving similar or even better xiaolongbao.
Honestly I had never missed xiaolongbao when in Taiwan. But, after being in Europe three years? I do miss them. Therefore when my friends from university were looking for the place, I requested to go any place where we can have nice xiaolongbao. At the end, KaoChi at YongKang Street in Taipei was selected.
Chicken claws 金牌鳳爪
Cured Meat Turnip Rice Cake (front) and Shanghai Fried Stuffed Buns (behind)
Since taste is something very personal, I will only share the pictures below and address non of my opinion. Would I go again? As I said before, I knew too many restaurants that offer xiaolongbao with similar quality; therefore, I would prefer trying other places in the future.
Shanghai Steamed Buns 上海小籠包
Steamed Buns with loofah inside 絲瓜小籠包
Bean Curd Sheet Rolls with Vegetables 腐皮卷