Former Chopsticks China Bistro owner opens Tao Tao Noodle Bar

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Lori Midson
When David Lee's Chopsticks China Bistro, in Greenwood Village, was seized by the state at the end of last year for non-payment of taxes, it left a major void in Denver's culinary scene; Chopsticks was one of the few places that served authentic, homemade xiao long bao -- dumplings packed with pungent pork and juicy soup that are hawked by precious few places in Denver.

Thankfully, though, Lee's back: He and his wife, May Sung, just opened Tao Tao Noodle Bar in Aurora last week in the space whose last tenant was Pho on Havana, and before that, Chef's Noodle House.

And the new restaurant, he promises, is doling out the same food he once sold at Chopsticks -- the original Chopsticks, on West Mississippi Avenue and Federal Boulevard, that's now one of those Chinese scoop places. That original place offered a menu steeped in Chinese-American dishes, like lo mein and egg rolls, balanced by Chinese-Chinese specialties, including intestines, jellyfish and, of course, bao, Chinese buns stuffed with myriad fillings.

It's the bao offerings, along with the noodles, that Lee expanded at his new place.

"We're doing the same but more," says Lee. "We have breakfast now. And more noodles and more bao."

Beef noodle soup, Shanghai rice cakes and xiao long bao, translated as "juicy pork dumplings," are all on the menu, too.

For more information, dial 303-366-1761.

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Location Info

Tao Tao Noodle Bar - CLOSED

10400 E. 6th Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

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This is the first ever review I have had for a Denver Chinese restaurant!  It is also for the most authentic Chinese restaurant in Denver.  I believe most people have read or heard about David Chang's restaurant in NYC but how many Denver people would eat fatty pork which is the most famous dish David Chang offers?  However, if you do, you would definitely enjoy Tao Tao.  Every dish on their menu is just wonderful and delicious.  Try the bamboo tip with pork, the authentic potstickers (not a pan fried boiled dumpling), dan dan mien, or the not to be missed xiao long bao.  Of course, if you dare, try the hot pig's blood with pig intestines.  You will love every bite!

Fletch
Fletch

Also, to correct the location description, they have parking, do breakfast and are open from 9am to 9pm Wed - Mon, closed Tuesday.

Fletch
Fletch

Had breakfast here on Sunday, t'was awesome. The bao was delicious and the beef noodles were exactly like I remembered them when I lived in Taiwan. Very nice folks too, I hope they remember to pay Uncle Sam this time around.

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