Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tien - Biloxi, Mississippi

At IP Casino Resort
850 Bayview Ave.
Biloxi MS 39530
888-WIN at IP
Wednesday-Thursday: 5 p.m.– 10 p.m
Friday-Saturday: 5 p.m.- 11- p.m.
Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

By Jane Feehan

My search for authentic Asian food in Biloxi took me to Tien at the IP Casino and Resort. I sampled vegetable pot stickers ($6.00), “authentic” Vietnamese spring rolls ($6.00) and a main course, Tom Xao Cai or shrimp and vegetables ($18.00).

To my disappointment, none of the dishes were good: pot stickers - overcooked and presented with an unremarkable sauce with far too much lemon (out of a bottle maybe?); spring rolls - thick-crusted, oversized, greasy,obviously frozen, and certainly not the real thing. I’ve never seen broccoli rabe as the featured vegetable in an Asian dish but that’s what I got with the main course - a large, tough piece unmanageable with chopsticks and drenched in an unimaginative, tasteless sauce. The shrimp were excellent, as I expected them to be in Biloxi, one of the shrimping centers of the Gulf Coast.

Tien’s large menu also features teppanyaki, noodles, sushi and Chinese American entrees. Hopefully other selections will please some less discriminating palates. The restaurant opens to a view of the casino. Atmosphere and service: Excellent.
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