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Lunch time Recc's @ Eat First/Full Kee/Chinatown Express?

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or any of the NEARBY restaurants?

Last time I went to Full Kee, I got the soft shell crab.
Eat First, a casserole.
CE - some lunch special

thanks for reading,
WIA

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Full Kee Restaurant
509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Eat First Restaurant
609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Full Kee - Shrimp Dumpling soup, oyster casserole, fresh greens
    Eat First - Casseroles, eggplant
    Chinatown Express - dumplings, previously a star, have been lackluster my last few visits. Go for the fresh noodles, either in soup or sauteed, BBQ, and greens.

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    Full Kee Restaurant
    509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Eat First Restaurant
    609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: DanielK

      I second the Eat First eggplant recommendation.

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      Eat First Restaurant
      609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. re: DanielK

        a question -- about everybody recommending the shrimp dumpling soup at Full Kee: there are two versions -- I think it's one with noodles and one without? -- and I'm wondering which one everyone loves so much, or if there's really much difference. It's been a month or so, but I think the one we ordered was with noodles and enjoyed it. I don't actually like shrimp much, so my partner got all but one of the dumplings, but I liked the rest of the soup. Just wondering since it gets such raves. Also wondering why it's so much better (if it is) than the other soups....

        I'm trying to remember for WestIndianArchie -- I think it was soy chicken, that I think the server recommended, that we also ordered that time and liked.

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        Full Kee Restaurant
        509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. re: mselectra

          mselectra: I've only had it w/o the noodles and I dunno, I find it addictive (I suspect there's either a good dose of MSG or real szechuan peppercorns in it) either way buzzy good mouth-feel.

          1. re: hill food

            Thanks hill food. Funny, I don't remember any szechuan-like buzz, so I wonder if the with noodles really is different.

            1. re: mselectra

              maybe it's in the dumpling itself and not the broth

      2. I got some fairly decent roast duck at Eat First on my last visit.

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        Eat First Restaurant
        609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. Chinatown Express -
          the steamed dumplings are OK but definitely in need of the at-the-table seasoning. A bit bland on their own. The dough is a really nice consistency though, so I think they're worth ordering.

          The noodles: I like them in a soup (though you better have some time, they take FOREVER to cool off), rather than fried. The fried are really dripping with oil, and give you that weighed down feeling.

          Note - I wouldn't recommend ordering *both* for lunch... it's a TON of food.

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          1. re: ec_washington55

            I'm with ec_washington55 on Chinatown Express: I really like the steamed dumplings, mostly because of the dough, which has a lovely "al dente", homemade-tasting kind of bite to it. And I always use the dipping sauce and the at-the-table seasonings provided. I ordered the fried noodles once and vowed to never order them again because of the heavy hand with the oil. However, every time I go in there it seems like someone at every table gets them, so lots of people must like them. I love the vegetable/tofu "noodles in soup", with liberal use of condiments. Either the dumplings or the soup makes a tasty and filling lunch. Oh, and let's not forget that each of these costs about $6.00, and the service is really fast.

            I have also ordered and really liked their stir-fried greens with garlic, but they are twice as expensive as the soup or dumplings.

          2. Had lunch at Full Kee on Sunday. Shrimp Dumpling Soup Hong Kong Style NO Noodles. I think it is the heavy hand with 5 spice powder that makes it so good. Also, Baby Clams with Black Bean sauce. Plump juicy clams with salty addictive sauce. Stir Fried Leek Flowers, cooked bright green and crisp with loads of garlic. And finally, a half Chinese Roasted Duck. Moist meat, crispy skin, but still a bit fatty. Yum.

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            Full Kee Restaurant
            509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001