The Great Wall of China was constructed to keep roving packs of ancient pandas from absconding with the local cuisine. Succeed where the bears failed with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Chinese cuisine at Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant on West 79th Street in Chanhassen.
With seafood, beef, lamb, tofu, pork, duck, chicken, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chow mei fun on Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant's menu, there's a dish to accommodate any and every Chinese food whim. But Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recommends the restaurant for its authentic Mandarin and Sichuan dishes, adventurous appetizers like the homestyle gizzards ($6.95) alongside house specialties. Sichuan specialty ma po tofu wraps vegetarian tongues in a savory bean-curd embrace ($9.95), and cumin lamb is a succulent medley of the titular meat, fresh bell peppers, and onions in an earthy sauce ($14.95). Alternately, take a dive in the tastes of the ocean with a chrysanthemum-shaped filet of sole in tomato sauce ($13.95). The Groupon can also be applied toward the weekly brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays ($11.95/person), which compiles dim sum, fresh Chinese fried bread sticks, dumplings, and various entrees.
No matter which dish customers request, they’re bound to discover a wealth of unexpected Chinese flavors that haven't yet danced with their taste buds or serenaded their incisors with John Fogerty lyrics; Heavy Table says Tian Jin "is doing some remarkable things with the food that sheds real light on how it’s meant to taste."
Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant
The lengthy menu at Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant includes dishes described as "authentic, flavorful, and unique" by Mpls. St.Paul Magazine that are each inspired by the owners' frequent trips to China. After each trip, region-specific foods are hand-picked to comprises dishes at Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant. Entree selections include whole halibut stewed in wild chili sauce, Mandarin beef with golden garlic, sizzling steak in black pepper sauce, giant walnut shrimp, and a chrysanthemum sole fillet in tomato sauce, a 2012 Taste of Chanhassen Grand Prize winner. Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant also has a sister restaurant in Cafe 99, which twincities.com describes as "the real deal" with dishes not seen elsewhere.