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Nov 9, 2011 07:21 PM

Chinese in DC for Thanksgiving?

My wife and I are looking for a standout Chinese place in DC/NOVA when we visit over Thanksgiving week. As context, we love New Green Bo (especially the seaweed wrapped fish) in New York and Lao Sze Chaun in Chicago. I know there are many Chinese spot in the area. We are looking for the one one that's standing out now.

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  1. My favorite is Hong Kong Palace in Falls Church,VA for Sichuan. Some of the best stuff is listed on the wall in Chinese only. My two favorites in this category are the chicken with crunchy peppers and the 100 flavor chicken.

    From the menu, go for the chengdu cold noodles, and the golden corn and egg dish off the list of vegetables. Tiger skin peppers are also very good.

    Hong Kong Palace
    6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

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    1. re: Steve

      And get the new dumplings from the menu--the ones that come 10 to the serving. They're lovely half-moon shaped dumplings in an excellent Chengu sauce.

      My family is also pretty wild about the Cumin Lamb, but all the cumin dishes are good.

      We live out in the far Western 'burbs and Hong Kong Palace is about a 35 minute drive for us, but it is our Chinese restaurant of choice for full entrees. Steve lives 5 minutes away if all the lights are in his favor. And speaking of that, if you are going to come in via 66 or 50, you may want to use both a map and GPS. You may have to use an intersection called 7 Corners which is more than a little bit of a nightmare. The road signs are correct, but turn lanes are too short. It can be a frustrating experience. If you are coming West on Rt. 50, your best bet would be to turn left on Patrick Henry, then right on Route 7 and avoid that intersection entirely.

      From Route 7 going West, watch for a Shoppers Food Warehouse on the right and turn into that plaza, and look at the strip mall on your right. HKP cannot be seen from Route 7.

      Hong Kong Palace
      6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

      1. re: Steve

        "Hong Kong Palace" is indeed excellent.

        I'm a fan of Sichuan Pavilion in Rockville. So is Steve. :-) I find their meny a bit more diverse than many of the Boston and NYC places, though to be fair HKP's menu is also pretty diverse.

      2. For Cantonese, we are fans of X.O. Taste in falls church.

        in fact, that's where we are going for thanksgiving for peking duck.

        their dumpling soups are great! the dumplings are plump and plentiful for the price.

        excellent seafood -- lobster prepared any way, and also i love their fried mixed seafood with chillies.

        their casseroles are rich and savory. love their sizzling steak platter with black pepper sauce.

        their roast pork and duck are well known and in great demand, if that's your thing.

        we like hong kong palace, too, but find ourselves actually going to xo more often. at hkp the other night, we got snow pea shoots and the chengdu pork belly (think stir-fried rich bacon with onions). we also like the cumin lamb, the scallion pancakes, the chengdu salt & pepper shrimp, and the sesame peppers chicken.

        x.o. has a much nicer decor; modern and spacious, whereas hkp is getting sorta scrappy. just sayin'.

        prices are about the same.

        x.o. is also open till 2 am, whereas hkp closes at 10 and 11 on weekends.

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        1. re: alkapal

          Looks like we'll end up ai Sichuan Pavilion in the District. I'll check out HKP and XO Taste when i'm here on business. Thanks for the tips!

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            Sichuan Pavilion in the district is not the same as SP in Rockville.

            I can only recommend the Rockville location.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              At work we sometimes order food for lunch from the SP in DC. It's good, not great - certainly not the equal of Joe's Noodle House, or other places in Rockville.

              Joe's Noodle House
              1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                Yes, we know that the Rockville location is superior. We're staying in DC and don't want to drive 40 minutes to Rockville at this point.

                Another times perhaps.

                1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                  Calling it "the Rockville location" is wildly inaccurate. It's not a location, it's a completely different restaurant that uses the same English words on its signage.