Initially not well-received in America, Chinese cuisine experienced a resurgence when diners learned to eat noodles with chopsticks rather than the other way around. Taste Eastern epicurean excellence with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine Chinese cuisine for dinner (served after 6 p.m.) at one of two Taipei Restaurants: Taipei Restaurant on Stone Oak Parkway or Taipei Gourmet on NW Military Highway.
The two distinct yet similar menus at Taipei Restaurant and Taipei Gourmet treat culture connoisseurs to the culinary traditions of China sans the expense of airfare. Expertly wield chopsticks to trap the moo-shu pork’s ($9.99–$10.29) medley of asian vegetables before they run off to the nearest lumberjack convention with the dish’s handmade pancakes, or spear salt-and-pepper shrimp ($12.99 at the Stone Oak location) with a fork to prevent them from vanishing into the savory abyss of jalapeño-and-onion marinade. Tongues clamoring for raw fish can disembody themselves and slither to the Stone Oak location, where a menu of sushi awaits along with other seafaring savories, such as squid salad ($5.99)—a marinated squid on a bed of ponzu-vinaigrette-glazed cucumbers—and the pepper tuna ($8.99), a skillet-seared ensemble of scallions and pepper-rubbed yellowfin tuna cut thinner than a procrastinator's tax deadline.
Chinese-American fusion stars on the menus served at Taipei Restaurants, located in both Stone Oak and Castle Hills. Both locations specialize in wok-seared moo shu pork served with housemade pancakes, salt-and-pepper shrimp, and triple delight—a tasty trifecta of chicken, beef, and shrimp in a spicy housemade sauce. Sizzling firecracker chicken sets tongues aflame with jalapenos at the Castle Hills dining room, and in Stone Oak, knives glide through tender osso bucco, a bone-in pork shank poached in a traditional sauce of rice wine and soy. At the Stone Oak location, sushi chefs carefully craft maki rolls or assemble plates of precisely sliced sashimi and nigiri from fresh seafood fished by the staff's resident mermaid. The Castle Hills location cultivates serenity with muted tan walls, rows of tall windows, and mounted Chinese paintings that depict subjects from a horse to a parade.