Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Dec 24, 2009 04:48 PM

Chinese for Christmas Dinner in Gaithersburg?

For the first time, we will be able to do the Chinese Dinnner for Christmas thing. I know Rockville is full of much-touted Chinese restaurants, but what about Gaithersburg? One thing: it must have a liquor license--it is Christmas, after all. Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Fu Shing Cafe around the back of Gaithersburg Square is open, though I think they only have a beer/wine license.

    8 Replies
    1. re: DanielK

      New Fortune. Liquor and dim sum. Merry Christmas!

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        When you put it like that, it's hard to resist.

        At the moment, we are focussing on either New Fortune or Burma Road. While I understand the latter is not, strictly speaking, Chinese, it does have a Chinese menu (although I would probably get Burmese)--assuming it is even open.

        1. re: pgreen

          I am sure I am too late, but went to Burma Road on Christmas Eve. It was fantastic. We had burmese. They also have a full bar.

          1. re: Bethheth

            We ended up going to Tai Shan. Not a full bar, but at least they had beer and wine. The food was quite good. The hot and sour soup tasted of black pepper, interestingly enough, but was still enjoyable. I very much liked my Thai Chicken Basil.

            As for Burma Road, we will have to get back there soon (my wife an I ate there some months ago and enjoyed it).

            Thanks to all for the suggestions.

            1. re: pgreen

              I'm glad to see Tai Shan is getting some love. I've had a number of good meals there.

              Burma Road is awesome also!

              1. re: pgreen

                Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but I thought that traditional hot&sour soup was in fact flavored with black and white pepper, not the red pepper flakes that show up in the Americanized version of the dish.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I am hardly an expert on such things. What you are suggesting is that Tai Shan's H&S soup is more authentic than I am used to. Interesting.

                2. re: pgreen

                  Hot and sour soup is supposed to be flavored with black pepper.

        2. I haven't been, but there have been some good notices lately for Tai Shan. A bit south of Gaithersburg, Sichuan Pavillion has excellent Sichuan fare -- and they have beer.