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Jul 18, 2012 11:09 AM

Dim Sum in Sterling VA

Golden King used to be a buffet restaurant. It has been closed for a while and just opened as a sit-down Chinese restaurant (with a few Japanese and Thai dishes).

But the exciting thing for me was that the have dim sum. It is order from a menu (somewhat like A&J) not cart.

I had lunch there today and everything I had was good. I was alone, so didn't get to taste as much as I would have liked.

I had Har Gow, Fried Taro Dumpling, Rice Noodle crepe with crispy cruller inside, steamed bean curd sheet roll with shrimp and pork, Pan Fried Green Leek Dumpling and Sweet Almond Jelly.

All were freshly made and hot!

There is also a selection of congee and noodle soups. They have hanging duck, soy sauce chicken, salted chicken, roast pork also.

I was very happy not to have to go to Mark's, A&J or Rockville/Gaithersburg! And I'll be sampling more of the menu soon!

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  1. Great! What is the name of the new place?

    Is there a website?

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    1. re: bubba3197

      Golden King
      21800 Town Center Plaza (Rt 7)
      Sterling VA 20164


      The menu says order online, but I don’t see a website yet.

    2. Can you order from the dim sum menu at any time of day or do they only have it on weekends at brunch timings?

      I saw this place recently and from the outside it looked like it had 'the good stuff' Chinese food, but I was doubtful since it is in Sterling (as opposed to Falls Church where the gold is). So happy to hear that you liked it.

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      1. re: luckyfatima

        My understanding is that it is available every day from 10 AM to 3 PM.

        I will say that I liked pretty much everything I ate - but the Hong Kong style wonton soup had a broth I wasn't crazy about.

        I have a Shanghai-ese friend. She and her parents really like this place a lot. They have not had dim sum but have eaten off the menu.

        1. re: luckyfatima

          We went this afternoon and they had dim sum carts, which are available only on weekends. The staff confirmed that you can order dim sum from the kitchen off the menu the rest of the week. Everything was pretty good. We had sticky rice in lotus leaf, shrimp har gow, shrimp dumplings (the 12 year-old ordered a second round of those), ginger steamed beef tripe, stewed tripe, roast pork, and a special plate of assorted beef innards. What seemed to be missing was plates of greens, though I guess we could have ordered those off the regular menu.

          It's nice to have dim sum available out here in the western 'burbs again.

          1. re: PollyG

            I didn't know they did carts on weekends. That is great to know!

            1. re: PollyG

              With the carts, how do you know what you have ordered? Seriously. At New Fortune, when I ask, I seldom understand what they say. The only word I recognize is Shrimp.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

                You could always grab the paper dim sum menu on the way in and ask them to point to the item on it. In our case, we've been eating dim sum for about 30 years, so it is rare that we don't know what a dish is.

                1. re: GraydonCarter

                  There are a number of apps for iPhone (and presumably for Android) with pictures and descriptions in both Chinese and English. The shapes of various items tend to be consistent enough that they pick up vernacular names like "sticky rice footballs" and "taro hockey pucks." So you could browse the apps, and learn what things look like.

                2. re: PollyG

                  I was on my way home from near Purcelville yesterday and realized I was going right past this place, so I stopped in for lunch. There were only a handful of tables occupied at around 1 PM, nearly all of the customers were Asian and were speaking to each other and the staff in Chinese. I guess I must have been too white, because they only gave me the standard lunch menu. I had picked up a paper dim sum menu from the table outside the door and asked if I could order from that. I could.

                  About half the items involve shrimp, and I'm allergic, but I had steamed pork buns, pan fried radish cake. and beef rice noodle cakes. Less than $10 and I was full.

                  I don't do dim sum often enough to compare Golden King with any place else, but it's cheaper than Fortune and probably about the same quality, but it's a long ride just for lunch, considering that Fortune is a 6 minute walk from my house. I've given up on Mark's Duck House for dim sum. As Yogi Berra (I think) said "It's too crowded. Nobody goes there any more."

                  By the way, Golden King has some pretty deep catalog "real Chinese" items on the real menu if you're into insides and appendages.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    Speaking of the deep catalog dishes, we had the squid and pickled mustard greens recently and it was a very good dish. The mustard greens still had some crunch and were smokey, sweet, and pickled all at the same time.

                    1. re: PollyG

                      I also tried Golden King a few weeks back. Very good food. We ordered a few dishes. Seafood congee was okay, not very rich as I might have liked. We tried the squid and pickled mustard greens, too. The squid was absolutely lip smacking. It was perfectly cook, not a bit chewy, and cut in diamond scored curls (the lucky shape) so the lightly flavored basic brown sauce went nicely in the cracks of the scores. I enjoyed the sour tang of the mustard greens, too. We also had the duck. The taste was a little bit different than the prototypical Cantonese BBQ duck that one finds easily in Falls Church, but it was nicely salty and fatty, anisey and delicious. This place is near to me so I know I will be trying more soon.

                      1. re: luckyfatima

                        Where is this located? I tried to find last night when I was in the area and didn't see it.

                        1. re: majmaj4

                          It's in the same shopping center as Giant there with the McDonalds and Starbucks at the intersection of 7 and Dranesville. It's on the opposite side of the Giant from the Starbucks.

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