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Dec 14, 2001 08:35 AM

Scallion Pancakes in DC?

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Although I'm probably just ignorant of the regionalization of Chinese food in the States, I was surprised to find something missing on the menus of Chinese restaurants here in DC. Scallion pancakes are crispy on the outside, chewy inside, little flapjacks of dough, scallions, and minimal spices that for some reason became a staple of my culinary habits while living in New England. They're not healthy, not full of complex seasoning, but I think I'd consider them a Chinese comfort food. So, on this rainy friday, if anyone has an idea about where a guy can find some tasty scallion pancakes, please share the wealth. Happy weekend.

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  1. If you can stretch the definition of DC to extend to Rockville MD, you can get some very good scallion pancakes at the A&J Restaurant

    319 C Rockville Pike
    Rockville, MD 20852
    301 251-7878

    Very good northern Chinese-style dim sum and soups....some very unique dishes--very reasonably priced.

    There is also a branch in Annandale.

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    1. re: Jim Zurer
      James Glucksman

      Scallion pancakes are usually breakfast food in China, so I am always surprised when I see them on restaurant menus (you also usually get them on the streets, rather than in restaurants over in the "Old Country"). They are often sold in Chinese grocery stores in the frozen or refrigerated section, ready to be heated up. I find them even in Vietnamese stores, since they also seem to like them. In general, they are a northern Chinese dish, though, so Cantonese and even Zhejiang/Shanghai restaurants won't have them normally.

    2. Oodles Noodles, on 19th between L and M, has great scallion pancakes.