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Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: China Jade
Comments () | Published December 14, 2009
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China Jade
Address: 16805 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855
Phone: 301-963-1570
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Wontons in chili oil; pickled cucumber; chicken soup with mustard greens and noodles; chicken with ginger-scallion sauce; cumin fish; Kung Pao chicken.
Picture a heaping portion of lightly fried fish filets dusted in ground cumin and tossed with onions, peppers, and chilies: equal parts spicy and crunchy—and irresistible. Called “cumin fish” ($12.95), it’s one of many items on the long and varied menu that will tempt you to keep eating long after you’re full.

There’s also Chengdu-style Kung Pao chicken ($9.95), sweeter and smokier than most; thin-skinned wontons swimming in chili oil ($4.95); long, cool bands of garlicky pickled cucumber ($5.95); and meal-in-one soups, including one with mustard greens, chicken, spinach, and a nest of perfectly cooked noodles ($6.95). The restaurant hedges its bets with a Chinese-American menu as well—sesame chicken, beef with broccoli—but if you want to be dazzled, best to ignore it.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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