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jmaounis Jan 10, 2007 02:53 AM

Anyone know of good Chinese restaurants in Baltimore or Annapolis? New to the area and all we've found is slop.

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    Chownut Jan 10, 2007 04:53 AM

    Your best bet would be to head to the Columbia area for anything that resembles authentic chinese. Jesse Wong's Hong Kong or Oriental Manor (catonsville).

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      jes Jan 10, 2007 11:48 PM

      there is also a jesse wongs in hunt valley

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        Chownut Jan 11, 2007 12:32 AM

        ASEAN or Hong Kong?

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          LGood Jan 11, 2007 03:24 PM

          Neither, it's 'Jesse Wong's Kitchen' I believe. Asean Bistro is also in Columbia, just one exit away from Hong Kong.

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            Chownut Jan 11, 2007 03:31 PM

            Yes, I know about ASEAN and HK. Is her kitchen upscale or a take out?

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              jes Jan 12, 2007 01:42 AM

              have never been but looks to be closer to upscale.

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                LGood Jan 12, 2007 05:07 PM

                Kitchen is on par with Asean Bistro. And if you're on the lookout, he's usually at Kitchen at night and Hong Kong during the day making desserts.

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                  Chownut Jan 12, 2007 05:08 PM

                  Hold it. Is Jesse a guy or girl? I thought Jesse was a girl.

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                    jeanki Jan 12, 2007 06:26 PM

                    Jesse is a guy with a big mustache. He used to have his picture in some ads a few years ago.

                    I've never been to the Kitchen, but have found Asean Bistro rather dull in the past.

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                      Jason1 Jan 12, 2007 06:29 PM

                      Yes, definately male, although I'm not sure why it matters. I'd go to Hong Kong if you strictly want Chinese. Asean Bistro for Pan Asian with a little more flair, and kitchen if you want to pay more and likely be disappointed.

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                        Chownut Jan 12, 2007 06:41 PM

                        I've eaten at HK before. Their dim sum was okay, but options are few in that area for authentic cantonese. Jesse's gender doesn't really matter, but I've heard conflicting reports as to whether Jesse is a guy or gal, so I just put it out there.

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                          LGood Jan 13, 2007 07:04 PM

                          A picture of him.

                          http://www.aseanbistro.com/about.htm

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                            Chownut Jan 14, 2007 01:25 AM

                            Thanx. Wonder which joint he focuses and utilizes his culinary skills.

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                            Jason1 Jan 15, 2007 12:42 PM

                            I've you haven't been in awhile, they really have improved since first opening. In the last six months-year, I really think they have the best Dim Sum in the area, including Silver Spring and Wheaton. Just don't go too early...the best/more interesting food starts rolling out around noon.

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                              Chownut Jan 15, 2007 04:06 PM

                              I think the good thing about this joint is that it's not that crowded. My poor experience was compounded last time when the dim sum boy didn't know his dim sum. Had to call over the reinforcements.

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          elgringoviejo Jan 10, 2007 10:38 AM

          Good Sichuanese is served at Kirby's Szechuan restaurant on south Charles street near Ostend sstreet in Federal Hill, Szechuan Best on Liberty road in northwestern Baltimore county and several small places in Columbia's village centers, for example Gourmet Garden in Long Reach village center makes their own pancakes for mushu pork.

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            isabellaflynn Jan 10, 2007 12:47 PM

            The best Chinese in Anne Arundel County is located at Hunan Rose in of all placesd - Odenton. It makes sense since a number of people who work at Fort Meade have extensive travel experience. In fact, I found the place because both of my parents worked out that way and have traveled to China for work. It's usually fairly crowded, but I highly recommend trying the seafood sizzling rice soup and their "Three green" with shrimp entree. Both are delicious! Worth the trip!

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              flavrmeistr Jan 11, 2007 03:50 PM

              Where is Hunan Rose located?

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              chesapeake72000 Jan 10, 2007 02:00 PM

              I just went to Grace's Fortune in Bowie and it was pretty good, but definitely not cheap. Only had a couple of things by myself but I'll be back -- there aren't a lot of options near Annapolis. I'll be trying Hunan Rose too.

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                isabellaflynn Jan 11, 2007 04:46 PM

                If you're driving from Annapolis take 97 towards Baltimore and get off on Route 32 in the direction of Columbia. You'll head North and see a sign for (I think!) Burning Branch Road - it's the exit for the County Landfill and Route 175. You'll make a right off the exit ramp, head past some apartments on the right and come to 175 and take a right. On your immediate left is a shopping center where you will find Hunan Rose.

                Hunan Rose is a notch above everything I have found in the Annapolis area. Another favorite of my family is the mongolian pork - which is the best version I have found. The sauces are not too heavy and the tastes are spot on. I agree Columbia has good restaurants as well, but if you want to go somewhere a little closer, this is the best you will find. Also, as a bonus they sometimes have coupons in local magazines.

                Enjoy!

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                  flavrmeistr Jan 11, 2007 07:59 PM

                  Went to Hunan Rose for lunch today, alone since it was a recon mission. Turns out it was only about ten minutes from my office in Hanover. I had the 3-green Delight extra spicy w/shrimp, beef and pork for about 9 bucks, which included soup and fried rice. The greens turned out to be fresh asparagus, snow peas and green beans stir fried in a fairly hot sauce. Very tasty, I thought. It had that savory, smoky wok flavor that I associate with good Chinese cooking. Even though it was crowded, I was seated right away and the service was efficient but not hurried. I give it two thumbs up. Thanks for the tip!

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                  Midcity Bmore Girl Jan 11, 2007 08:05 PM

                  China Chef in Columbia is very good also. My family has lived away for 12 years now and when they visit we always go there for dinner. It is not too far from the Columbia Mall in a small strip shopping center with a Coffee Shop next door on the corner of Cedar Ln and Hickory Ridge Rd. Their soft shell crab is wonderful!

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                    jeanki Jan 12, 2007 06:27 PM

                    I think they're ok for neighborhood Americanized Chinese, but nothing I would trek out specifically for. Average to me.

                    I prefer Hunan Legend in Dorsey Hall Village Center. They have fresh, tasty American Chinese but also make excellent authentic off-menu requests.

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                    isabellaflynn Jan 12, 2007 06:20 PM

                    Glad you enjoyed Hunan Rose! It can be crowded, because a lot of people know about it! And I'm happy you tried the three green entree, which they will make with just one protein if that's of interest. I haven't had anything bad there, although in Annapolis I have had absolutely terrible Chinese food. I don't even bother anymore, unless I can drive to Odenton!

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                      attgig Jan 14, 2007 09:10 PM

                      I'm a fan of Szechuan House in Towson. it has a good mix of your regular carryout stuff, as well as a great selection of the authentic stuff.

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                        hon Jan 15, 2007 05:38 PM

                        I agree!!

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                        jmaounis Jan 15, 2007 12:16 PM

                        Lots of choices. I did get to Hunan Rose Saturday for a late lunch. Hunan spicy dumplings were very good. Spicy, smokey, freshly made. I also tried two old stand bys, Kung Pao chicken and twice cooked pork. The chicken was good, but way too much corn starch. I would pass on the pork in the future. I guess I will try Hunan Rose again, especially since it's not too far off my commute. Looking forward to trying the restaurants in Columbia.

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