Cheap Eats 2007: Hong Kong Palace
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Hong Kong Palace
Address: 6387 Leesburg Pike , Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-532-0940
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese, Cantonese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chengdu Zhong's Spring Dumpling; cold cucumber with cilantro; dan dan noodles; fish-and-pickled-vegetable soup; bacon with black beans and peppers; Kung Pao chicken; fried chicken with fried peppers and peanuts; sesame balls with bean paste.
Price Details: Appetizers $2.50 to $5.95, entrées $4.95 to $9.95.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

You don’t expect to see a woman in a head-to-toe chador carrying a giant bag of Chinese takeout. But this Szechuan restaurant with the Cantonese name makes contrast its strength, tying crunch to creaminess, sesame to spice.

A gorgeous, garlicky salad of Chinese black mushrooms crunches like kelp, a perfect foil for spicy dry beef the servers promote as “Szechuan snack food.” The friendly staff offers enthusiastic and rewarding recommendations: Tea-smoked duck oozes jasmine-tea-scented fat, and a chili-laden fish-and-tofu stew is so good that the busboys wash it down with cans of Bud at a back table.

Cumin ribs are a bit like chugging a Durkee spice rack, and the salt-and-pepper shrimp are forgettable, but the menu is strong enough to make risk-taking pay off most of the time.

Open daily lunch and dinner.

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