By The China Insight Restaurant Review Committee

How to cure the dog days of summer, when the vacation has been spent and the Minnesota State Fair is not yet in session? Re-visit a favorite Chinese restaurant, of course. Our committee did just that with an evening at The Tea House. This time we went to the original Tea House in Plymouth.  There are now four locations: Plymouth, St. Paul, Downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

We began with the appetizer combination platter, which included egg rolls, fried cheese wontons, chicken wings, pan fried dumplings and teriyaki chicken. This is a very traditional platter; all guests enjoyed the sumptuous items accompanied with sauces.

The 辣子虾 Làzǐ xiā or spicy shrimp was recommended by the waiter. This dish disappeared quickly among the shrimp lovers. The sauce was dry and spicy; the shrimp were plump and fresh.

The 鱼香茄子Yú xiāng qiézi eggplant with garlic was tangy, however, the eggplant was very mushy. We sent this back to the kitchen and had it removed from our order. They obliged.

The 重庆辣子鸡 Chóngqìng làzǐ jī chunk king spicy chicken arrived exactly like the photo on the menu and on the website. It was beautiful and tasted wonderful.

The 水煮牛肉 Shuǐ zhǔ niúròu house spicy beef was indeed very spicy with savory and tender beef.

All of these entrees were enjoyed over steaming hot white rice. We enjoyed our dinner at the Plymouth Tea House. When we arrived on an early Sunday afternoon, we had the pick of the tables; however, when we left the restaurant was full of families, couples, and friends. We noticed that this location, being the original, could use some sprucing up a bit as it shows a bit of wear. However, the dinner was overall delicious!







2425 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Tel:  (612) 331-8866
      Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
      Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
      Friday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
      Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


88 Nathan Lane
Plymouth, MN 55441
Tel:  (763) 544-3422
      Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
      Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
      Friday: 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
      Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


The 2nd Floor in The Towle Building
330 South 2nd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tel:  (612) 343-2133
      Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
      Saturday-Sunday: Closed


1676 Suburban Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Tel:  (651) 771-1790
      Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
      Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


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