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A Tricky One- Real Chinese Food

Here is a hard question for those of you looking for a challenge! Does anyone know where to get REAL, and I don't just mean good, Chinese food in the DC area? While I know there are plenty of good Chinese restaurants, I am looking for one that serves AUTHENTIC Chinese cuisine, that I could actually order in China.

Thanks, and good luck!

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  1. Between DC and Baltimore in Odenton, Grace Garden, do a search on it here - it'll knock your socks off.

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    1. Look for restaurants that have a mainly Chinese clientele. From what I have heard, Hong Kong Palace is like eating in Chengdu. Mark's Duck House and Full Kee are like eating in Hong Kong. There are more, I'm sure.

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      1. re: dpan

        anyone been to mark's lately? has the quality continued its slide?

        1. re: alkapal

          Yes, Mark's Duck House is not a good choice.

      2. What part of China? It's probably nearl as hard to find "real" Cantonese food in Chengou as it is in the DC metropolitan area.

        1. Not sure how you missed this very long thread, it started in 2004 but has been active recently:


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          1. re: mselectra

            wow thanks, i searched but nothing came up

            1. re: benbdc

              No problem, I'm just getting the hang of searching myself. I'd been sporadically following that long thread, so I knew it was there somewhere; to find it I searched "title:chinese", fyi.

          2. I haven't been to China, so I am no expert on authenticity. From what I hear, it is hard to come by.

            However, many well traveled Chowhounds seem to be at least somewhat sated by the excellent food at:

            Grace Garden (Cantonese) in Odenton, MD

            Peking Palace (Hunan) in Germantown, MD

            Three Sichuan places:
            Joe's Noodle House, Rockville,MD
            China Star, Fairfax, VA
            Hong Kong Palace, Falls Church, VA

            Hong Kong:
            Full Kee, DC location only
            Jackey Cafe, DC

            Mandarin Express (Yunnan) in Rockville, MD

            1. The A&J Restaurant in Rockville is exactly the same as the A&J Restaurant I went to in Beijing. Not just the food, but even the way the waitresses dress. It is a chain, I believe started out of Taiwan.

              In addition to their ususal fare, you might be interested to know that they serve a very authentic congee breakfast. I don't know of any other place nearby that does so.

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              1. re: Bonz

                Wow - that's news to me. Thanks for both bits of info.

              2. My wife lived in Taiwan for two years. The only place she'll go to in this area is Bob's Noodle 66, which she says is the real deal.

                1. hollywood east and hollywood cafe and paul kee duck house in wheaton
                  chinatown express and eat first in chinatown

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                  1. re: dining with doc

                    Yes, dining with doc!

                    A new Chinese restaurant has opened where Barnaby's used to be on University Blvd.in Wheaton. Don't remember the name, haven't been there yet.

                    1. re: Pesel

                      Wong Gee is the name. So far the food has been good but the service incredibly slow. Both meals there, late at night, took over an hour each.