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Full Kee Washington, DC - What to order?

My wife, some friends, and I are making our maiden voyage to the DC Full Kee and so I ask the oft asked question: what should I order? The group members' tastes will run the gamut from "I only want Americanized fare" to the "I only want to eat it if it's spicy, authentic, and wouldn't get laughed at in China."

I've been recommended the shrimp stuffed duck as well as the oyster and ginger cassrole.

My thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. shrimp dumpling soup
    soy chicken, available in small app size
    hanging char shiu bbq pork tenderloin

    1. Ask for the fresh vegetable of the day. Usually it's something along the lines of sauteed spinach with garlic or fermented tofu, sauteed on-choi with garlic or fermented tofu, sauteed pea sprouts. You can also ask for a live fish (usually tilapia) from their tanks that can be steamed with ginger and scallions with hot oil and soy sauce on top of it.

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      1. re: dpan

        All of chowsearch & dpan's suggestions are good. I'm also a fan of the beef w/ turnip, and the spicy deep fried seafood. The beef w/ turnip might be too fatty for the only-American contingent of your group, though; for that crowd, I'd suggest the beef chow foon.

      2. Shouldn't your party who want "spicy, authentic, and wouldn't get laughed at" know what to order? First of all, Full Kee is Cantonese, and spiciness isn't prevalent among Cantonese cuisine. If you go to their website, you'll see they have specials for groups of all sizes. Just order those. It's like a tasting menu.


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        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          No, not necessarily. Thanks for the very helpful and insightful reply though.

        2. Corny as it is, I love their Mu Shu Pork. We always get it so we have leftovers to take home..

          1. is that vietnamese on the menu under the english? just wondering why....

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            1. re: alkapal

              Many of the cantonese restaurants in this area are run by ethnic Chinese from Vietnam. The old owners at Mark's Duck House was from Vietnam also. Vietnamese do like to eat at Chinese restaurants and this just makes it easier for them to order.

              1. re: dpan

                thanks, dpan, that makes sense. i wish they'd give us americans a pronunciation guide! ;-).

                1. re: dpan

                  That's the case in NoVA, but less so in Montgomery Cty.

                  Most asian ethnicities such as Viets and Koreans don't have the elaborate or upscale offerings for banquets/parties, so they resort to Chinese food.

                  Koreans even have a korean/chinese twist on their food, but it's mostly deep fried and sweet and sour/spicy.

              2. no matter what else you get you have to try the shrimp dumpling soup. they are known for it. and don't get the one with the ramen noodles...you just get fewer dumplings. the soup is one of the best things in DC.

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                1. re: DCDOLL

                  Wonton noodle soup is a staple in Cantonese cuisine. Some prefer only the soup, but many enjoy the noodles when it's done right. Yes, you may get fewer dumplings with the noodles, but it's the whole package that's the enjoyable part.

                  1. re: DCDOLL

                    but be warned, that stuff is addictive...

                  2. My first and only time going here was 15 years ago when I was 14 and have no idea why I stop. I think because I was going back and forth to NY and eating at Chinatown over there. After all these years, I went today with my wife a couple of friends. They had the regular stuff like General Tso's Chicken and Beef Chow Fun which was really good and large size. My wife and I had three dishes which are deep fried soft shell crab which was good with the batter they've used, Steak with black pepper on a sizzling plate would be better if it was more tender and the baby clams with black bean sauce which took the spotlight. I will be coming more often from now on.