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Nov 4, 2010 04:22 PM

looking for a vegetarian dim sum place

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

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  1. 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

      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

        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

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

        2. re: MoCoMe

          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.

      2. 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. 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

            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

              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

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

                1. re: Chandavkl

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

                  1. re: DanielK

                    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.