Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: China Bistro
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China Bistro
Address: 755 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-294-0808
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Beef-and-celery dumplings; Mama's special dumplings; vegetable dumplings; shrimp-and-chive dumplings; cold noodles with peanut sauce; beef noodle soup; bubble teas, such as honeydew and lemon-kumquat.
Price Details: Dumplings, $5.95 to $7.50 per dozen.

It would be easy to feast on house-made dumplings all afternoon at this Chinese storefront. The plump little bundles, hand-rolled and filled with out-of-the-ordinary stuffers, come a dozen to a platter ($7.25 to $8.25). Try Mama’s Special—a mixture of pork, shrimp, chives, and napa cabbage—or the herby pork with dill or shrimp with chive. There are 12 varieties on the regular menu, but keep an eye out for worthwhile specials such as the pork-and-pumpkin dumplings. Bubble teas ($3 to $3.95) go well with the salty, savory morsels, and the cold plates in the glass case—such as a toss of edamame, tofu, and Chinese spinach ($2)—are good, too. Though the standard Chinese fare on the menu is ordinary, the chopped-pork-and-Chinese-mushroom-topped Beijing Noodles ($6.95) is a sleeper hit. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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