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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tai Pan - San Jose

This is our secret place to satisfy our dimsum craves. They opened May this year and we have been there a couple of times ever since. Located at the Lion Market Plaza and next to Lion Market itself make it strategic to get their customers. The place can't really be called restaurant. It's more like a take-out place even though they have a few small tables inside enough for like six people maybe. Every time we were hungry and we went there those tables were always occupied so we always end up eating in the car. :)
I love their dimsum lunch combo package. The #1 package will get you 1 char siu bao, 1 chicken bao, 3 shumai, 2 hargow and rice porridge with choice of preserved egg or chicken with wheat and corn. All those for only $5.25 + tax. Come on...is that a deal or what ? If you go to like ABC in Milpitas, most likely it will only get you the shumai alone.
There are a total of five different combo packages. I chose the other combo before but in the end I like #1 the best because of their combination. I don't care much for other options they provided in the other combos. If me and hubby were not too hungry, one combo package for both of us is enough. If we need more carb, we'll throw in a small order of chow mein. Their chow mein uses very thin noodle fried with nothing but bean sprout and chives. It's so simple yet so yummy. Crunchy when you chew it with a hint of smoky flavor.
A few days ago we were hungry when we got there. So we got our usual #1 combo, one order of small size chow mein, a plastic bag of 6 char siu bao and 3 egg custard tart. Total was around $16. We couldn't finish everything at once. We kept the char siu baos for next morning breakfast. But the egg custard tart were every bit very good. Flaky on the shell and creamy on the custard. Not too sweet.

Tai Pan Dimsum & Bakery *1031 E Capitol Expressway, San Jose, CA 95121* (408) 225-8833