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Tea House Plymouth MN Experience

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Tea House Plymouth MN Experience

Alice | Feb 27, 2005 07:17 PM

Mr. Resnick had mentioned this place to me and I must have spaced it, until I read about it in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, and Paz and I decided to try it. It was really excellent. If you go, first of all, make sure to request the Sichuan menu, which has all the dishes we ordered, except for the dumplings, which were not so great. The hot and sour soup was essentially perfect, just the right mix of hot, sweet, and sour. The cold noodles with sesame sauce (I think they call them spicy noodles (not to be confused with dan dan noodles)) were lovely, and they are a real rarity in the Twin Cities; I have only found them one other place so far. The shredded pork with garlic sauce, which is labeled with one hot pepper, was just that: a little spicy, but very manageable. The chung king chicken, a dish I had never heard of, and which is offered either on or off the bone (we got it off the bone) was really special: it is labeled with 2 peppers and it is quite spicy, but not ridiculously so. What is unique about it is that it is dry, not very saucy as many Chinese dishes are. Don't get me wrong, I love saucy dishes, but it was cool to get something so different. We will definitely go back.
I did have 2 questions: first, do they have dim sum, and if not, is that because dim sum is limited to certain areas of China? Second, we got a lot of stuff to go, and I have noticed, of late, that when you get something to go, 9 times out of 10 you have to box it up yourself, whereas in the past it was done for you. Is this a new rule? Is it a sanitary issue? It's not that I mind, but I am curious.

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