Speaking of dumplings in Taipei, I rembmer 巧之味手工水餃 is one of the best spot. Their dumplings having scallops are awesome.
They are located halfway between MRT Shandao Temple station (善導寺站) and Zhongxiao Xinsheng station (忠孝新生站).
I got off at Shandao Temple station. It takes about 10 minutes walk from Gate 5 of the station. If you go from this station, there’re some schools and there’re not many shops. If you go from Zhonxiao Xinsheng station, you meat busy streets.
They are located an inconvenient place a bit. But there’re many visitors. Many of visitors are for “To go”. Once I enter the shop, they always ask me, “For here ?”, So I always answer “Yes, fore here”. “For here” is 内用 (neiyon) in Chinese. And then the staff hand give me order sheet and I’m seated and write down my order. And then I hand it to the staff nearby. If you want to get “To Go”, you can order at the counter outside.
Interior, How to order
There’re about 7 tables in the shop. It’s not large shop. We have to share tables while busy hour.
Order sheet. They have only three types of dumplings and two types of soup. “NO” is for table number. Mine was 9. Not 6.
They also have English and Japanese menu on each tables. They require us to order at least 5 pieces per 1 type of dumpling. “綜合各半” on the order sheet is half and half (招牌水餃 and 韭菜水餃). If you order 6 総合各半, they serve 3 招牌水餃 and 3 韭菜水餃.
Also they have a variety of small dishes at the back of the shop. You can get something that you want to eat as you like. 30 TWD each. Also there’s seasonings, chopsticks papers on the shelf.
After I pick up it, the staff put sweet sauce on it. Pig’s ear. It had crunchy texture. Good. But the sweet sauce wasn’t my tastes.
Foods that I had
This is Signature dumplings (招牌水餃, 30 TWD for 5 pieces) have cabbage, Chinese yellow chives and pork. “招牌” means signature dish. I ate it with my special sauce 🙂
Its skin had springy and sticky texture. The skin is rather thick. Though I don’t like my dumplings with thick skin. But I like it. I love its springy skin.
It had mild tastes. It was seasoned well, so I think it don’t need sauce. But making my original sauce is fun all the same 🙂
When I visit this shop, my target is it. Scallops dumplings (干貝餃子 , 40 TWD for 5 pieces). Can you imagine about the tastes of this green skin ? This dense green is from seaweed. It’s completely deprived from natural ingredients.
Because of its skin ? or from scallops inside it ? It tasted like sea a bit.
Pork and garlic chives dumplings
This is also good. Pork and garlic chives dumplings (韭菜水餃, 30 TWD for 5 pieces). I think its skin is the most thinnest in those three dumplings.
So much chives. Chive is perfect ingredients for dumplings.
Hot and sour soup
I ordered Hot and sour soup (酸辣湯, 30 TWD), too. It have much ingredients like vegetables and jew’s ear. It wasn’t very sour. But it had much black pepper. It also had duck blood. Many of alone visitors ordered 5 pieces of dumplings and it.
Fish ball and meatball soups
Fish ball and meatball soups (綜合丸子湯, 30 TWD) is a mild soup. Fish and meat balls were so soft. The flavor of celery was good.
Grass jelly drink
I found some people got it and then went into the shop, so, I bought it, too. It’s summer-limited drinks.
Though it’s 700 cc ! Large ! But grass jelly drink is not too sweet. So, I could drink it up easily. It’s like hojicha tea !
There’re many pieces of grass jelly at the bottom of it. Those grass jelly was sweet. I also found some people who bought it only. I agree. It’s delicious and good when I’m thirsty.
About the restaurant
Name in English / Unknown
Name in Japanese / 巧之味手工水餃
Address / 台北市中正區濟南路二段6號
Phone / 02-2321-4693
Open / 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed / Sundays
Credit card / Unavailable
Reservation / Unavailable