The pan-Asian collection of tenants moving into the Shanghai Plaza in 2019 includes a mainland China concept with a very specialized menu for fans of Sichuan cuisine.
Taking over space 101, across Spring Mountain Road from local landmark Chinatown Plaza, Tai 2 Chinese Sauerkraut Fish debuted its first U.S. location in California's City of Industry earlier this year.
On the menu, five appetizer options and nine cold side dishes, plus its signature single entree, Chinese sauerkraut fish, a hot-and-sour fish soup. The sauerkraut in this regional favorite is created with pickled mustard roots and greens, not cabbage as expected in the west.
Described as a “combination of tingly Sichuan peppercorns (ma) and dried chillies (la),” beyond the heat, the fish dish is praised for its abundant infusion of flavors.
In California, the soup is designed to be shared in $39.95 for a small, $59.99 for a large, and $89.95 for an extra large portion.
Appetizers include “Tai 2 bean Jelly,” chicken wings and brown sugar rice cakes, and the cold dishes are as adventurous as the soups, with options of boneless chicken feet, chrysanthemum with chili sauce, and black fungus with Sichuan sauce.
A projected opening date has yet to be announced.