|Crispy tea smoked duck|
|Shanghai soup dumplings|
|Beef & scallion pancake roll|
|Kung pao shrimp|
|Fish fillet in black bean sauce|
Last night I went to dinner at the Tea House Chinese Restaurant on 24th and University SE with my husband and parents. The Tea House has four total locations, the others being in Plymouth, the downtown Minneapolis skyway and St. Paul. What I love about the University location menu is that it retains the authenticity of traditional Chinese fare. Sure, they have your average lo mein, fried rice and orange chicken, but they also have more interesting dishes as, soybean pork feet soup, fish fillet with pickled vegetable, and steamed pork belly. The interior of the restaurant is large and cozy with rich dark wood and dim lighting.
For a starter, we ordered my favorite soup dumplings, which are actually incredibly difficult to find in the Twin Cities. The dumplings were perfectly juicy with a hearty ball of pork and broth on the inside. Be sure to eat these with a soup spoon or you'll have broth dribbling down your shirt! The pancake roll was also quite delicious. Inside the pan-fried roll were a few thick slices of barbecued pork that complimented the salty and crispy scallion roll. We shared all of our entrees, my favorite being the smokey crispy duck, which was moist and flavorful. I also loved the kung pao shrimp. I am a sucker for sweet and spicy sauces, especially when they are brushed on plump shrimp! The black bean fish dish was tasty and simple. The eggplant dish was a Chinese New Year special, so it may not be on the menu any longer. The sauce the eggplant was mixed in was absolutely addictive. I believe it had chili oil, soy and some kind of sweet ingredient like oyster sauce inside.
I am eager to return to the Tea House to try a few more unique menu items! I hope you'll also check this place out when you're craving real deal Chinese food!
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