Hong Kong Palace
Address: 6387 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044
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
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.
If you’re looking to try dan-dan noodles—an oft-discussed dish among area Szechuan-cuisine fans—this dining room is a good place to do it. Chili-oil-doused noodles are topped with minced pork, scallions, and peppers for an excellent appetizer that belies its simple preparation.
Spice fans will find more to love in the fiery, cloud-like cubes of mapo tofu or the similar fish with tofu, but both tame and bold palates can enjoy the pungent green-onion pancake and pork-stuffed steamed dumplings. Sesame balls tend to divide loyalties—the sticky dessert is a love-it-or-hate-it sort of a dish.
Also good: Sliced pork with peppers; Kung Pao chicken; chicken with fried stuffed chilies.