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Tai Pan in San Jose - new dim sum bakery

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Tai Pan in San Jose - new dim sum bakery

Alice Patis | | May 14, 2009 03:26 PM

Grand opening yesterday. A co-worker and I went today. Photos of the store and our take out stash here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenal...

This is a tiny place almost adjacent to Lion Market at Capitol Expy & McLaughlin. Open everyday 8 am – 8:30 PM. Two tiny tables next to the door seats 5 total. The store was a little crowded during the lunch hour and can seem chaotic (no system to know who’s next in line

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Paper menu touts Hong Kong Style Dim Sum. Dim sum pages list 34 varieties, ranging from $1 per dessert item, to $2 for 3 savory items.

Lunch Specials are $5.25, which include 3-4 dim sum and your choice of the Preserved (1000-yr) egg & Pork Porridge, or the Chicken, Wheat & Corn Porridge. Photo of lunch specials board in the link above.

Porridge a la carte is $2 for Small, $3 for Large.
Also listed is fung sing dumpling soup at $5.75/lb. and Shrimp wonton at $5.75/lb.
I think the turnip cake on the menu for $5.75 is a whole foil-tin cake pan (picture in the link above).

Overall, the portions (size of dumplings) are quite large here. Quality ranged from ok to excellent, mostly good.

Shimp cheung fan: Very fresh (a new tray came out right before we ordered), faint pleasant chewiness but mostly soft. Very fat shrimp, 3 or 4 to each roll.

Seafood sui mai: I think we were tempted by the really fat size of these, but the taste was just ok. Was a bit dry from sitting in the case. Pleasantly non-smelly (I sometimes find sui mai to have a unfresh smell/taste).

Hom sui gok or fried footballs. I’m a mochi-fan so I always like these even if they’re not done well. Soaking in oil and not crispy enough. Mochi still nicely chewy. Filling a bit sparse (but it always is wherever you go).

Fried shrimp balls. Very good, shatteringly crispy while the ground shrimp filling was plump & fresh. Only a bit oily.

Egg Custard Tarts, $1 each. Excellent. Very flaky slightly still buttery crust, smooth creamy eggy custard, not overly sweet. I can still taste these in my mouth mmmm. Dunno how well they keep, we ate ours about 30 minutes after purchase.

Our total for us 2 to split was a whopping $11 and enough to fill me up completely, but I think I had room for another egg tart. Or 5. Oink :O)

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Tai Pan Dim Sum Bakery
1031 E Capitol Expy, San Jose, CA 95121

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