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Where to Eat Chinese Food on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The holiday presents an excellent opportunity to try a new dim sum or hot-pot spot.

Dan-dan noodles at Red Pearl in Columbia. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Going out for Chinese on Christmas Day is a time-honored tradition among Jewish people, since Chinese restaurants almost always remain open on December 24 and 25. These days, a lot of other sorts of restaurants serve through the holidays (see our full roundup here), but since the Washington area’s best Chinese restaurants are fairly far-flung, the season presents the chance to travel to a new neighborhood. Inspired by a recent post on New York’s Grub Street blog, we thought we’d share eleven of Todd Kliman’s favorite Chinese restaurants in the area—all of which are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy.

Head to A & J Restaurant in Annandale and Rockville for Northern Chinese dim sum.

Dumplings are the star of the show at Rockville’s China Bistro, where the dough is made fresh several times each day.

There are two menus at China Jade in Rockville; ask for the other one.

Hong Kong Palace is the Falls Church spot for Szechuanese dishes.

High-quality ingredients elevate the Cantonese, Szechuan, Malaysian, and Burmese dishes at Jesse Wong’s Asean Bistro in Columbia.

Head to Michael’s Noodles in Rockville for Hainan chicken rice and pan-sautéed dumplings glazed with chili oil.

New Big Wong in Chinatown is Susur Lee’s favorite place for a big, long Chinese lunch in Washington.

Red Pearl in Columbia is another destination for those who relish venturing off the menu. 

Fan of fish with spicy pickled cabbage? Sichuan Pavilion in Rockville is your spot.

Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot in Falls Church has soul-warming soup for spice fans and for those who prefer to keep it mild. For the moderate, there’s a half-and-half option.

In Ashburn, try Yuan Fu for vegetable-based faux meats and seafoods.

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