din tai fung/joe's shanghai addict in DC
How about a couple of miles outside the beltway?
If that's okay, Rockville has places that are on this level. I've had rice cake dishes at Joe's Noodle Shop. It's not the easiest place to find, but if you're a fan of the dishes you describe, you'll be very happy there.
BTW...don't be surprised to find large crowds at these places.
If you're in town for a few months, you should find at least a dozen serious Chinese restaurants in Rockville and Gaithersburg.
BTW...Here's Joe's menu:
While you're down there, how about trying this place and reporting back?
...and don't forget the A&J.
joe's noodle house was EXACTLY what i was looking for. i drove out there on a saturday afternoon and waited for 15 minutes for a table for 2. the dumplings were good and the stir fried rice cakes were delicious - i bought an extra order to take home! i'll try to get to the peking eastern house, maybe next weekend. thanks, again!
re: west coast foodie
I just back from Joe's Noodle House. My first visit since the chef left.
I ordered four small plates. All of them met or exceeded the best I've had at Joe's.
wontons in red hot sauce
pressed bean curd in hot sauce
sour pickled vegetables
also I ordered the fried fancy bread which I expected to be very simple and well-executed. I was right on both counts. A loaf of bread crispy and golden on the outside yet fluffy and steamed on the inside.
Joes' is still an amazing resource.
Nothing in the DC will approach the xiao long bao at Joe's Shanghai. Chinatown Express has some nice condiments at the table to eat with their version which makes for a cheap, tasty lunch.
Bob's 66 in Rockville has rice cake stir fry with different vege/meat combo. 305 N.Washington St., Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-6668. Right across street, owner of Bob's 66 also opened a Shabu Shabu call 88. Both places are more Taiwanese flavored.