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looking for a vegetarian dim sum place

MoCoMe Nov 4, 2010 04:22 PM

to take a visitor. could drive anywhere in the DMV area, but prefer rockville/silver spring, area

  1. kukubura Nov 5, 2010 03:43 PM

    I know this is not an answer to the OP but there are a couple of awesome vegetarian dim sum joints in New York. Hey, it's closer than Hawaii!

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    1. re: kukubura
      MoCoMe Nov 8, 2010 02:54 AM

      thanks everyone for the replies. we like A&J & Vegetable garden, but were looking for a cart place too. Good thing it's my visitor and not me who's a strict vegetarian! I'll probably try those places listed over time.

      kukubura, can you share some names? always good to know what's out there.

      1. re: MoCoMe
        Chandavkl Nov 8, 2010 04:52 PM

        That would be Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell St. and Buddha Bodhi on Mott. Also, in SF, Lucky Creation on Washington has some vegetarian dim sum. The Yuan Fu suggestion is a good one, too.

        1. re: Chandavkl
          Chandavkl Nov 9, 2010 02:13 PM

          Too late to edit. Try the Yellow Bird at Yuan Fu.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            DanielK Nov 9, 2010 02:14 PM

            Yellow Bird is hardly dim sum, and I've had far better Yellow Bird in the area than at Yuan Fu.

            1. re: DanielK
              Chandavkl Nov 9, 2010 02:25 PM

              Was just using this as an example of a dim sum type dish as noted in ipsedixit's post, since there are dim sum equivalents with stuffed bean curd skin.

    2. ipsedixit Nov 5, 2010 10:59 AM

      You'd have better luck finding that needle in the proverbial haystack.

      Your best bet would be to find select dim sum type dishes at a place like Yuan Fu in Rockville.

      1. DanielK Nov 4, 2010 08:11 PM

        Does the whole place have to be vegetarian, or just a dim sum joint that has some vegetarian dishes?

        I've never heard of a vegetarian dim sum place in the area, but New Fortune (gaithersburg) and Hollywood East (Wheaton) are two of the best dim sum places in the area, and both have some vegetarian choices.

        I would strongly consider A&J or China Bistro, both in Rockville - not Hong Kong style dim sum (no carts), but lots of vegetarian choices.

        Hollywood East Cafe
        11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902

        China Bistro
        755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

        A & J Restaurant
        1319 Rockville Pike C, Rockville, MD

        New Fortune
        16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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        1. re: DanielK
          MoCoMe Nov 5, 2010 07:05 AM

          thanks, I was hoping for something that was a dedicated vegetarian one, where they modify the traditional recipes. There's one in Honolulu that I just visited that gave me the idea- Legends Dim sum has two different places- the larger traditional dim sum joint and a smaller cafe across the way that only has the veggie items, eg has mushroom shu mai

          1. re: MoCoMe
            DanielK Nov 5, 2010 10:49 AM

            Sorry, I'm only aware of two vegetarian Chinese restaurants in the area (Vegetable Garden and Yuan Fu), and neither of them do dim sum, though they both have a few dumplings and small plates.

            But I highly recommend China Bistro and A&J in Rockville. Many veg-friendly choices.

            Yuan Fu Vegetarian
            798 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

            Vegetable Garden
            11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

            1. re: DanielK
              dpan Nov 5, 2010 12:11 PM

              There is another vegetarian/vegan Chinese restaurant in Chantilly. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant.

            2. re: MoCoMe
              chowser Nov 5, 2010 01:40 PM

              Even if you order what you think should be a vegetarian item at most Chinese places, there is a good chance there is some animal product in it. If you're picky, you need to ask about every dish, even something as simple as steamed bok choy can have oyster sauce. I don't know of any vegetarian dim sum places in the area.

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