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Szechuan in the Boulder area?

Went to Pho Basil today and had the boiled beef, Dan Dan noodles and Chung King spicy chicken. The latter dish was the important one as it was her favorite when we were living in Minneapolis. Fortunately, Pho Basil did a great job at it! The other two dishes were pretty good but a little different from what I was used too. The boiled beef dish was not the usual Szechuan boiled beef I expected, but was still decent.

Quite a lot of variety on the menu - Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Chinese... Not always good, but the Szechuan dishes were good enough for us to add the restaurant on our "must go" to list.

Dec 18, 2012
kzuiderveld in Mountain States

Szechuan in the Boulder area?

Found Szechuan food only two blocks from my house... Five Spice in Boulder (28th and Iris) has some authentic Szechuan dishes: http://www.fivespicecuisine.com/menu....

While it satisfies my craving for Szechuan, it's not as good as the restaurants I went to in the Twin Cities. When you order, make sure to mention "extra spicy" as they usually assume that Boulderites can't handle spicy food.

Sep 09, 2012
kzuiderveld in Mountain States

Szechuan in the Boulder area?

Just moved from the Twin Cities to Boulder; I am already missing the many authentic Szechuan restaurants that were so enjoyable.

Are there any Chinese restaurants in/near Boulder that serve good authentic Szechuan dishes like Chung King Chili Chicken, boiled beef in spicy sauce, dan dan noodles, etc.?

Thanks, Karel

Feb 26, 2012
kzuiderveld in Mountain States

Tian Jin

My two favorite dishes are Chung king chicken and Boiled Beef in Spicy Sauce, which usually are ordered together when dining with a good friend who also is fond of spicy food. We order both dishes extra spicy (the Boiled Beef is otherwise pretty mild compared to Teahouse and Grand Szechuan) and that usually turns out great. I've been to Grand Szechuan twice; the chung king there was a MAJOR disappointment, GS' Boiled Beef was OK but I prefer TJ's.

I was among the first ones that reported on TJ. I don't think that I need to post detailed reviews of dishes to share my opinion that I still consider the best of the Szechuan restaurants in the Twin Cities (and I've been to all of them, except Teahouse Dinkytown that just opened).

May 16, 2010
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tian Jin

I've been at TJ numerous times for the last few years and it is still my favorite Szechuan restaurant. I did not see a significant decrease in food quality (the chef did not leave); the major difference since the new owner took over is that the service is better.

May 16, 2010
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

i think they do a buffet because the average midwest customer might go forcheap and fast American Chinese food during lunch, not the more expensive and exotic Szechuan dishes.

Of course I hope that TJ will be doing so well during lunch that they'll do away with the buffet.

And you can order from the menu anytime they have the buffet - the great food is certainly worth the drive to Chanhassen.

Mar 19, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

buffet is only served during lunch - and don't bother. Stick to ordering food from the menu.

I usually avoid the crowds by eating around 2 or 5. Works like a charm :-)

Mar 19, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Dave,

Last wednesday was the first time that I saw the restaurant packed during lunch. More importantly, rather than eating the American-chinese buffet, many folks were ordering from the menu.

Ryan told me that traffic on the weekend is usually pretty good - he was most concerned with lunch traffic but that was very good this week.

I really wish TJ will get as busy as Teahouse Plymouth - the latter still has the reputation, but TJ beats them handsdown wrt food.

Mar 14, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Dave, thanks for all your work promoting Tian Jian after I passed on the suggestion - I'm delighted that it got good press.

I have become a regular at TJ and never was disappointed. Sometimes it is very quiet during lunch and I was becoming concerned about TJ's fate. However, today' TJ was (nearly) full during lunch - I hope this is the sign of good things to come for the restaurant.

I lunched with a friend who needs his biweekly Szechuan fix. Before the meal, I paid for it and just asked them to feed us with spicy food and make us happy. We ended up with our favorite dish (Chunky King Spicy Chicken) and Szechan lamb as well as two eggrolls. It was delicious!

However, we were sitting at the wrong table. Next to us, there was a big table with 12 Chinese folks that were receiving one tasty looking dish after the other - we only could sample two dishes today :-( Obviously, everyone had a great time.

Folks, please follow the advice that Dave, me, and others are giving: pay this restaurant a visit! You will not regret it.

Mar 12, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Glad that you followed my recommendation and went to Tian Jin! I am delighted that you agree with my assessment that TJ is better than TH or LS. I went to the latter restaurants this week and was disappointed - TJ certainly raised my standards!

Feb 21, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP-Teahouse vs. Little Szechuan

Everything I ate there was good. I usually eat the Chung King Spicy Chicken or the boiled beef in spicy sauce (i.e. some of the usual dishes folks eat at TH or LS).

The Tian Jin version is usually at least as good as TH or LS IMHO.

Feb 16, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP-Teahouse vs. Little Szechuan

I'd like to point out another alternative. I recenttly discovered Tian Jin in Chanhassan that also serves authentic Szechuan food. They have a master chef specialized in Szechuan dishes and I actually prefer Tian Jian over TH or LS.

Please give Tian Jin a try - it's been pretty quiet there the last few times I was there - they deserve much more customers as their food is excellent.

Feb 16, 2009
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP-Teahouse vs. Little Szechuan

I usually order the beef in hot sauce dish. Had that dish recently at both restaurants and preferred the TH version.

Jul 20, 2008
kzuiderveld in Minneapolis-St. Paul