East Pearl in Rockville - Report
Five of us tried out the Hong Kong cuisine at this Rockville Pike eatery, a medium-sized place in a small strip of shops.
soyed chicken, spicy shimp dumplings Hong Kong style, eggplant in garlic sauce, a whole rockfish battered and fried with a black bean sauce, seafood crispy noodles, pig skin with turnips.
None of the food was particularly interesting, mostly oily and a bit bland. I was particularly disappointed with the black bean sauce, and the batter on the fish seemed like the oil was not hot enough.
East Pearl is no Grace Garden.
The pig skin with turnips were the biggest disappointments. I got better ones at NYC roadside stands than East Pearl. Not sure what the hype is about anyway when it opened. The congee however is still decent. It doesn't matter as it's the monopoly Cantonese on the pike. I would drive an extra 10 minutes to Wheaton.
sorry you had a less than stellar meal.
Last week I had a great bowl of congee and a really fantastic, bright Cured Bacon with Chinese Broccoli (Lap Xuong, Thit Heo Xao Cai Lan)
Could be that it has consistency issues.
Even when it's really good, however, it doesn't pretend to be Grace Garden