looking for a vegetarian dim sum place
to take a visitor. could drive anywhere in the DMV area, but prefer rockville/silver spring, area
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
755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD
A & J Restaurant
1319 Rockville Pike C, Rockville, MD
16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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
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
11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
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.
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.
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.