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Feb 16, 2012 09:57 AM

New Hong Kong style restaurant in Rockville - East Pearl

Stopped into East Pearl restaurant that just opened on Rockville Pk (a few doors down from the old BaLe). I was alone so I could only try one thing, but the menu is interesting -I don't have experience eating in the Hong Kong style. And the proprietess couldn't have been more lovely. I don't know this style of food so it would be great if there were folks that could weigh in, but I thought it was great.

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    1. re: Steve

      Had "pork chop with black bean sauce" from the rice portion of the menu.

    2. a family member told me before they had opened that they were going to specialize as a chinese hong kong style noodle house. looking forward to trying it out

      1. It seems you have as many Hong Kong style restaurants here as we have Taiwanese ones in Boston. But I'm still looking for really good traditional Shanghai food in either place or anywhere in between. :-/

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        1. re: KWagle

          The red-braised pork shoulder we had at Pacifica Cafe as well as the tofu wraps, and maybe even the batter coated fish with seaweed is as close as we'll come to Shanghainese food - unless someone can point out a place in NYC.

          The question is: does Shanghainese food 'travel' outside of its home base? I am not positive you could easily find a Shanghainese restaurant in Beijing, for example. Yunnan, Hunan, Sichuan, Xinjiang, and a dozen other regional cuisines are popular. But not Shanghainese.

        2. Huge menu -- lots to explore. Had a stir-fry dish of a sweetish chinese sausage and chinese broccoli, as well as soy chicken over rice. Both were very solid; neither was life-changing (they're only comfort foods, after all), but they were impeccably fresh and clean-flavored. Very, very solid -- the sort of Cantonese food that Rockville needs. The congees -- huge -- looked very good, and the folks at the adjoining tables were raving about them. Next time.

          1. Went there a couple of times Standard Hong Kong style menu. I was most interested in their congee which was good. The noodles are subpar. The roasted meats were so so. The service not very well put together. They do have the pork rind dishes, but the one with turnip was a failure (turnip was sour, not stewed). Unfortunately without the steamed noodle dishes, I would prefer Full Key over this place any day. Overall, unless you are dying for some pork rind dishes, I'd head for Full Key in Wheaton.

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            1. re: cfoodie

              Must admit,. my experiences don't match up. We had great service both when slammed and when they were slow. The only noodle I had was in won ton would with noodle and it was fine. The meats have been superb. We had a couple of casseroles and vegetable dishes that we loved, especially the Chinese watercress. Fabulous congee.

              We have long since stopped going to Full Key Wheaton as we hit a long stretch of poor meals, the last one we were served seafood pan fried noodles where the noodles were black from being burnt.

              Just goes to show how different people can have different experiences.

              1. re: cfoodie

                Found Asian Delight, another Cantonese place that has Dim Sum on the weekends in "the hood" in White Oak. They make fresh steamed noodles (somehow erased from EP's menu), has decent BBQ meats, as well as standard menu of other dishes (love their Dim Sum and soft tofu dessert) and priced very well. Never thought I would prefer this place "N' Da Hood" than a place on Rockville Pike, but it's my favorite hidden Gem so far. Went there twice this week and got nothing but superb service, decent food and great price. Their only weakness is lack of a base in their congee. Can't complain when it's closer to me than the pike.