|Black bean noodles|
Tian is a modern casual restaurant in the same shopping center as Shin Chon Garden, and it brought Korean fried chicken to the county several years ago. But the main menu offers the dishes that you'd find in a "Chinese" restaurant if you were in Seoul.
|Korean fried chicken|
The black bean noodles are a real central point for Tian. They hand-pull the noodles in the kitchen. You can hear the thwack, thwack, thwack if they're making them while you eat. The tender noodles come topped with a thick black bean sauce -- a deep and complex flavor that makes clear that it is as "simple" as a terrific Italian tomato sauce. At $7, the bowl is one of the greatest bargains in the county. At any price, they're one of our favorite meals.
|Sweet and sour pork|
That trio would be a terrific start to anyone who wants to try Tian. I think we did two noodles, two pork and a platter of chicken for six adults and one child. We probably could have had a single pork. Tian has a compete menu -- all in English - that you can explore. On other nights, I enjoyed the stir-fried squid over rice. But this trio -- noodles, chicken and pork -- are really accesible flavors for anyone who likes American Chinese food. It's a great idea for anyone who wants to eat warm and hearty.
I know other folks have really enjoyed Tian. What else do you recommend there? Or at the other local Korean-Chinese restaurant, Hanjoongkwan on Rte 40 in Ellicott City? How do they compare?