Over the past 25 years the state of Chinese food in Chinatown and the San Gabriel valley has been marked by a series of fads--delis in the late '70s, Hong Kong style seafood in the mid '80s, Hong Kong style cafes in the mid '90s, shabu shabu in the late '90s, and more recently boba palors and seafood buffets. Perhaps the next trend might be the Taiwanese fast food buffet, the latest entrant being Hi Pei at 830 E. Valley in San Gabriel. Like the others, Hi Pei is steam table food, but full of less recognizable Taiwanese items rather than more commonly seen Chinese steam table items. Besides the typical combination meals, it offers an all-you-can-eat option, which is believe is $5 for lunch and $6 for dinner. Hi Pei is even smaller than the other similar operations that have sprung up, with only about a dozen tables on the premises. Based on their printed materials, Hi Pei appears to be related to the Shau May fast food chain.