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A Tricky One- Real Chinese Food

benbdc Jan 21, 2009 04:09 PM

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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    hon RE: benbdc Jan 21, 2009 04:14 PM

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

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      hon RE: hon Jan 21, 2009 04:15 PM

      here ya go:

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      dpan RE: benbdc Jan 21, 2009 05:10 PM

      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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        alkapal RE: dpan Jan 22, 2009 01:42 PM

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

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          Steve RE: alkapal Jan 22, 2009 06:00 PM

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

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        MikeR RE: benbdc Jan 21, 2009 05:17 PM

        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.

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          mselectra RE: benbdc Jan 22, 2009 07:55 AM

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


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            benbdc RE: mselectra Jan 22, 2009 12:31 PM

            wow thanks, i searched but nothing came up

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              mselectra RE: benbdc Jan 24, 2009 06:45 AM

              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.

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            Steve RE: benbdc Jan 22, 2009 08:32 AM

            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. Bonz RE: benbdc Jan 22, 2009 12:21 PM

              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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                Dennis S RE: Bonz Jan 22, 2009 01:25 PM

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

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                CMACDC RE: benbdc Jan 22, 2009 05:54 PM

                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.

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                  dining with doc RE: benbdc Jan 23, 2009 06:03 AM

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

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                    Pesel RE: dining with doc Jan 23, 2009 07:03 PM

                    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.

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                      deangold RE: Pesel Jan 24, 2009 03:58 AM

                      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.

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