Chopsticks represent the ideal tool for picking up midsize morsels and the only socially acceptable way to remove a fortune cookie from the hands of a dinner partner. Practice dual-stick skills with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Chinese cuisine and sushi at Tai Pei Chinese Restaurant.
The experienced chefs of Tai Pei Chinese Restaurant—many of whom are Chinese and Taiwanese natives—harness edible artistry to sculpt MSG-free Chinese dishes and sushi platters. Among house specialties, the peking duck tops a crispy roaster with shredded scallions and hoisin sauce ($18 for a half; $33 for a whole). The General Tso's chicken features a fowl sautéed in chili peppers, garlic, and ginger, brushed with a signature sauce developed by owner Mr. Weng and well-versed in the military tactics of Beetle Bailey comics ($14).
Sushi spans from tuna ($6 for two pieces) to octopus ($5 for two pieces); meanwhile, house rolls such as the tai pei maki—which adorns spicy tuna, crab, and avocado with black-peppered salmon ($14)—come drizzled with zig-zagging sauce and oftentimes dolloped with fish roe. Ethereal hanging lanterns lining the periphery bathe Tai Pei Chinese Restaurant's interior with a soft glow, and hanging Chinese paintings bathe themselves in a restorative varnish when no one is looking.
The chefs at Taipei bridge the gap between two of Asia’s superpowers, plating Chinese favorites from Taipei duck to general tso’s chicken alongside delicately rolled Japanese sushi specialties. Although their menu is built upon a pair of thousand-year-old culinary traditions, they also understand the value of a speedy bite; each day, they arrange a selection of favorites such as the moo goo gai pan into fast, tasty lunches paired rice, egg rolls, soup, and your own personal fast-forward button.
1124 Freeport Rd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238Get Directions