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East Pearl in Rockville - Report

Steve Sep 23, 2012 02:42 PM

Five of us tried out the Hong Kong cuisine at this Rockville Pike eatery, a medium-sized place in a small strip of shops.

We had:

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.

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    Marty L. RE: Steve Sep 23, 2012 04:39 PM

    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

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      MoCoMe RE: Steve Sep 24, 2012 12:17 PM

      Yeah the ice cream at York Castle up the road was the best part of the meal for us. It was nice seeing you guys though...

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        GraydonCarter RE: MoCoMe Sep 24, 2012 09:25 PM

        Steve is so entertaining to dine with.

        I think I just don't enjoy Hong Kong style cuisine. The pig skin with turnips was tender but not what I expected. If they had browned the pig skin or chicken, it would have been more to my liking.

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          Steve RE: GraydonCarter Sep 25, 2012 08:43 AM

          Cantonese rarely thrills me. I have had it great in only two places: one was in Shanghai, and the other is Grace Garden.

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        cfoodie RE: Steve Oct 2, 2012 09:16 PM

        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.

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