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MSP-Tian Jin-Must Try in western Suburbs (Mandarin/Szechuan)

dave43 | Feb 20, 200906:28 PM     104

Teahouse and Little Szechuan have competition.

I recently posted on chowhound asking if anyone could comment on Teahouse as of late as I had a couple of bad experiences. Someone posted that I should try Tian Jin in Chanhassen. I have driven by Tian Jin many times but never stopped as I assumed it was another bland mass market chinese restaurant. I was wrong. This restaurant is a gem.It is a family run restaurant owned by a gentlemen named Ryan and his wife. Ryan and the chef were classmates in Tian Jin which is the 3rd largest city in Northern China close to Beijing. They were both trained in Mandarin and Sichuan cooking with many years of experience. I had the Gizzard appetizer which was incredible. It came in a sauce with soy, ginger, chiles, etc...the sauce was fresh and tasty and the gizzards were tender and flavorful. I had boiled fish in Szechuan spicy sauce which was similar to the same dish at Teahouse but not as spicy and the broth was thicker. This dish has been my go to at Teahouse untill around 6 months ago and I can honestly say that I like Tian Jin's version better as the sole was tender and the broth was bursting with flavor. Tian Jin also makes a Chung king chicken that is incredible. Crispy on the outside and tender in the inside. Once again I used to love this dish at Teahouse but Tian Jin's version wins hands down. My wife loved the Szechuan shredded pork with garlic sauce as I did. There are so many things on the menu that I would love to try and look forward to trying....Double cooked pork, Ma Po Tofu, Halibut in Chile sauce, etc. The owner and his wife were generous and friendly and I really hope they do well as there aren't to many options in the twin cities for authentic food done with care. Unfortunately there website isn't up to see the menu but I encourage anyone who appreciates good, authentic chinese food to make the journey to the western suburbs, I gurantee you won't be disappointed.

Tian Jin
463 W. 79th St.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952-934-4111

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