100 Best Restaurants 2012: Red Pearl
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Red Pearl’s dan-dan noodles are by turns smoky and fiery. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Red Pearl
Address: 10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-715-6530
Neighborhood: Columbia
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 10:30 to 10.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Har gow (shrimp dumplings); char siu bao (baked pork buns); eggplant with shrimp paste; dan-dan noodles; cumin lamb; braised flounder; diced chicken with chilies; salt-and-pepper lobster; tea-smoked duck.
Price Details: Dim sum $3 to $7, entrées $10 to $20.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

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If the prospect of driving to Columbia for Chinese food doesn't appeal to you, focus on the specifics: a lobster plucked from the tank and flash-fried with chilies, garlic, and ginger; the best tea-smoked duck we've found; superlative dim sum that's cooked to order.

The dining room departs from the family-restaurant model--the open space overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi calls to mind the sort of spot you find in the Chinese-rich communities of San Francisco. Another departure: What the mostly English-speaking staff lacks in speed and efficiency, it makes up for with its ability to engage the diner.

It's on the plate, though, that Red Pearl distinguishes itself, with greaseless stir-fries, tight saucing, and delicate spicing.

What to get: Har gow (shrimp dumplings); baked pork buns; eggplant with shrimp paste; dan-dannoodles; cumin lamb; braised flounder; chicken with chilies.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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