Tai Chi Cuisine

5414 Walnut Ave a, Irvine
(949) 653-5728

Recent Reviews

NanEmily H.

Their services were okay, but I was very appreciative of tasting the food of my hometowns . I could say 80% authentic taste.

Danny F.

This place is located in a strip mall with 99 Ranch Market as the anchor business. It appears popular as it was busy with dine-inners and take outs. We ordered the crepes, baos, and tofu to go. It took about 30 minutes. They have one iron for making crepes and we happened to get to them when they started making a new batch of baos. The food was okay. There's only one crepe option. You can customize it, at least it looked like you could. But was it worth 30 minutes wait, even after going to 99 Ranch to do some shopping? Probably not. I'd come here again for Chinese breakfast, if I'm in the area but I would not go out of my way to come here.

A S.

I went back recently with my parents, trying to prove that in US. We can have authentic Chinese cuisines. The food was great. My complaint was about the waitress. We ordered many dishes and they only serve us House Crepes and the cold dish spinach. We were waiting there for about 25 minutes, thinking that at least they can serve us other cold dishes. But when I asked the waitress and manager where are our food, the waitress obviously forgot all about it. Not a crowded day, with four people sitting in the middle of the restaurant doing nothing...... Are we invisible? They should have hired better waitresses to match up their good food!

Juno H.

Best steamed buns, period. It takes a while for them to be ready though. My favorite are chive and eggs buns. The texture of the buns, thin and chewy skin outside and deliciously hot fillings inside, is satisfying.

Dope Doppler

Was excited to try some authentic Chinese cuisine and basically got scammed by the merchant. I was going to pay with my visa credit card, however, the merchant insisted that I should pay with zelle and the merchant promised to provide extra egg dish. I was like why not so they can save credit card transaction fee and avoid paying taxes. I arrived home to eat and when I opened my bag, there was no extra egg dish. I can't believe they act so petty to save couple dollars. This restaurant basically lost a returning customer.

ka C.

Large dining area, fairly spacious and clean. Staff was friendly and service was timely. Ordered wonton soup, crepe with beef and a bowl of hot soy milk. Portion size was generous! Best tasting item of the meal was the soy milk. Crepe was slightly burnt but beef was tender; I like the addition of fried wonton skin to give it some crunch. Wonton soup had seaweed and egg drop.

Sandra L.

I've held off on trying Tai Chi Cuisine over the years because of the overwhelming bad reviews. However, I've always been curious to try their House Crepe so I finally decided to give this place a try. I'm so glad I did because I'm a fan! I ordered over the phone, but did some research of their menu so that I knew what to order. Yelp does not have recent menu photos so I Googled online and found that you can order online through Meal Key. Using the menu on Meal Key, I ordered the Cucumer Salad ($4.99), House Crepe with chili oil ($7.99), Lamb Buns ($12.99/6pcs), Shrimp and Pork Buns ($12.99/6pcs), and Youpo Noodles ($11.99). They answer the phone in Mandarin, but they can communicate in English as well so don't be intimidated. There is a price discrepancy on the Lamb Buns... if you order online they are $11.99, but when ordering by phone they were $12.99. The food was so good! I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The buns were juicy and flavorful. The House Crepe was very big for the price and it was better after we added our own pork sung/floss at home. You can pay extra for them to add fillings such as pork sung, but we had some at home and I didn't want to pay $4 for it. The Cucumber Salad is pretty cheap at $4.99 for a refreshing bite to cleanse your palate so I would suggest getting it, but be warned that it is super garlicky! The Youpo Noodles are made with thick knife cut noodles. There is quite a bite to them and I love it! It's a dense chewy noodle and the sauce compliments it really well! The restaurant looks really nice on the inside. The lady at the cash register was friendly and straightforward. I can't speak to the service of the workers here, but I'm pretty numb to the service at Chinese restaurants anyway. Definitely worth checking Tai Chi Cuisine out!

Katherine C

Large dining area, fairly spacious and clean. Staff was friendly and service was timely.Ordered wonton soup, crepe with beef and a bowl of hot soy milk. Portion size was generous! Best tasting item of the meal was the soy milk. Crepe was slightly burnt but beef was tender; I like the addition of fried wonton skin to give it some crunch. Wonton soup had seaweed and egg drop.

Jennifer S.

Last minute try that turned out to be so delicious. From the tofu vegetarian soup, to the pork & shrimp steam buns, I was completely satisfied. A definite must try.

Edward Liu

Amazingly authentic food. Fairly reasonable prices and excellent service, fantastic day helping you figure out what to order and enjoy a nostalgic or novel experience depending on your background. For myself, it reminded me of my grandma's cooking and the many chilly morning spent with warm people on the streets of Beijing before heading off to class.Kid-friendliness: Lots of kid friendly options! Parking: Tons of parkingDietary restrictions: Gluten everywhere!

Karos Hsu

Can you imagine that has plastic wraps in the lamb mix soup? And you still need pay for it.be attention about the restaurant‘s food safety.

Yizhou J.

I don't care what the other reviewers say, this is definitely the best restaurant providing authentic northern china breakfast. 油条(fried twin bread)煎饼果子(Tianjingstyle pancake)包子(buns) are all of high quality and would sell well even if it's in China. I wish them best luck with great business for many years to come!

y law

Came here for breakfast. The steamed shrimp and pork bao (buns) we're tasty and also had soup inside. We also enjoyed the dill and pork dumplings and hot, lightly sweetened soy milk.

Hoang N.

This place has the most comforting Chinese food around. I love their breakfast options. I go here at least twice a month. I have consistent cravings for their veggie hot pot soup

Arthur Wang

Very bad service. First time, my order is told out of stock after ordered half hours. I have to chang order. So I wait half more hours. I think maybe was wrong time. So I give the s econd chance. However it is still very slow. Horrible, I will not go to here again.

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