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The Tea House

Jim Grinsfelder | Jul 9, 200310:26 AM

Schiuan is what the Tea House is all about. My friend Yan told me about this place. He's from Sichuan and he knows food. He said there's nothing like it in the Twin Cities. He was right.

Ask for the Sichuan menu, if you're not chinese, they won't offer it to you.

The chicken wings are amazing. The boiled pork or fish are really great (and really braised, not boiled). The chung-king chicken has a great slightly crunchy dark-brown spicy exterior and it's cooked on the bone. The bones make it fussy to eat, but it's worth the effort. Sichuan food here is very spicy. If you want something less spicy, I'd say go somewhere else. They have a sizzling rice-cake stir fry platter that's best described as "chinese fajitas" but it's not got the super intense spiciness of the other sichuan dishes.

I had the cold lung with beef slices appetizer, mostly because Yan wanted to torture me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.

Anyhow, this place is on Shelard Parkway, in a strip mall accross the parking lot from the movie theater. Take I-394 to 169 N, get off on the 1st exit, turn left over 169, go 2 or 3 blocks and you'll see it on the right.

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