Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: 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.
The Chinese characters on the sign outside this hole in the wall translate as “mama’s dumplings.” Dumplings aren’t the entirety of the menu, but they’re often what’s most rewarding.

We’re partial to two versions, one with beef and celery ($7.50 a dozen) and another with shrimp and chive ($8.25 a dozen). Ask a waitress for some black vinegar and red chili oil if they’re not on the table; good as the handmade, steamed-to-order dumplings are, they’re even better after a quick dip in both sauces. The other can’t-miss is a mound of cold noodles topped with a spicy peanut sauce and chopped green onion ($5.75).

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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