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Baltimore/ Washington Dishes You Dream About

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Tell us about dream dishes over which you obsess and can't get enough. For me, it's succulent Peking Duck with crispy skin, tender meat, pancake, hoisin sauce and scallion. And the soup which follows made from the bones. YUM! Can it get any better than this?

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    1. Where do you get this Peking Duck?

      1. Me: Cumin lamb, the chicken/pepper special and chengdu noodles from HKP

        Curried squid and sweet/spicy/sour salmon soup at Nam Viet

        Spicy wontons and the spinach & pork dish from Joe's.

        Wings at Bungalow (with 3 mile island)

        Spicy squid salad from Thai Square

        Chorizo taco or burrito from TECC.

        Thai Square
        3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

        Nam Viet Restaurant
        3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

        1. Unfortunately the Peking Duck I dream about is found in Taipei at the Celestial Restaurant on Nanjing West Road and in Beijing at Beijing Dadong Kaoya Dian or Jiuhua Shan. All are worthy destination restaurants. And there are many others in Taipei and Beijing. And that is why I dream of it until I get there. Soon. I'd love to know of where to get this dish in our area, prepared in the Beijing style and carved at the table with the soup to follow.

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          1. re: zenim

            Wait.. so you start a thread called "baltimore washington dishes you dream about" and then you start talking about Taipei and Beijing? Do you realize how rediculous this is.

          2. My local obsessions:

            wontons with hot and sour sauce from Joe's Noodle house

            bun cha Hanoi from Tay Do (Eden Center)

            burger with sauteed mushrooms and onions from Ray's Hell Burger (and the mac and cheese)

            a spicy squid dish (name escapes me) from the Korean style eatery at the Lotte in Silver Spring

            hot and sour seafood curry from Asian Foods (Wheaton)

            I'm not sure anything else locally rises to the level of obsession for me.

            My biggest obsession is probably a particular meal (a specific teishoku) in Japan. Off topic for this board, and probably unobtainable in a restaurant in this area.

            Ray's Hell Burger
            1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

            1. saba (mackerel) - generally not very appetizing in the US, but wonderful in Japan. The same can be said for the miso soup.

              Even though the world is indeed a small place, the restaurant I'm thinking of is indeed out of the way, and it is highly unlikely that most readers of this board would make it out that way.

              To get back to the local area, if anyone knows of decent miso soup in the DC area, I would love to hear about it. I pretty much refuse to eat miso soup in this area because it is so terrible compared to what you get in Japan (with the exception of that made by Japanese people).

              1. I dream about the wood grilled squid over black risotto that used to be at Hook then at Sonoma, but now is at neither....

                I also dream about the "Philly cheesesteak" at Minibar.
                The faux gras and duck rillettes at Central.
                And the rabbit at Citronelle.
                And the crab bisque at Ray's the Steaks.

                3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

                Sonoma Restaurant
                223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

                1. You can get good Peking duck at Peking Gournet Inn in Falls Church. The waiter will carve your duck right at your table, which is quite a show. The place is patronized by many important people from inside the beltway, including former U. S. presidents. Rumor has it that the owner installed bullet proof windows to ensure the safety of the patrons...

                  1. Mission Accomplished! Thanks Yhucotto. Peking Gourmet looks like it fulfills my dream for Peking Duck. Made reservations for Friday. This looks like the real thing and will certainly be a pleasure after experiencing so many fallacious attempts masquerading as "Peking Duck" in the Baltimore/ DC area.

                    Turkeybone I had no intention of sabotaging the Baltimore/DC Board just hoping to find what I think I have found- a legitimate source for authentic Peking Duck in the area. My initial thought was to ignore the post by Sekelmaan and Elyssa but I didn't follow it and BAM I'm involved in something I didn't foresee, A lesson learned- keep my mouth shut.

                    Peking Gourmet
                    5732 Buckeystown Pike Ste 16, Frederick, MD 21704

                    1. Please note the restaurant Yhucotto recommended is not Peking Gourmet in Frederick but Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church. Thanks.

                      Peking Gourmet
                      5732 Buckeystown Pike Ste 16, Frederick, MD 21704

                      Peking Gourmet Inn
                      6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

                      1. I dream about all the food at Soigne (former restaurant on Fort Ave. in Baltimore), but especially the chocolate dessert with the cardamon ice cream. You know, the one that oozed warm chocolate out of the center of the moist little cake....yummy.

                        1. Crosstown Burger from Hamilton Tavern with the candied bacon and fried egg

                          Poutine from Victoria Gastro Pub, made with duck fat fries, duck confit, gruyere and duck gravy

                          Sam Sung Gan Jajang from Da Rae Won

                          Taramasalata served with hot flatbread from Samos

                          Dammit...now how the hell am I suppose to be satisfied with my stupid Lean Cuisine lunch?!?

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                          1. re: ILoveBacon

                            ILoveBacpm--stay with your Lean Cuisine lunches and splurge on dinners. I, too, love the decadence of the Poutine at Victoria Gastro Pub.

                            But, I am yearning for Foie Gras at Charleston in Baltimore (for my birthday celebration)--fried green tomatoes, sweetbreads, etc.

                            Then, good old steamed crabs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, mac'n cheese--no restaurant in particular. I prefer to eat my crabs at home, with wine (geez, you say, not beer?). FoiGras

                            Victoria Gastro Pub
                            8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045