Cheap Eats 2012: Red Pearl
Salt and pepper lobster. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Red Pearl
Address: 10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-715-6530
Neighborhood: Columbia
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese, Cantonese, Dim Sum
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 10:30 to 10.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Har gow (shrimp dumplings); char siu bao (baked pork buns); eggplant with shrimp paste; dan-dan noodles; cumin lamb; braised flounder; diced chicken with chilies; salt-and-pepper lobster; tea-smoked duck.
Price Details: Dim sum $3 to $7, entrées $10 to $20.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

To maximize your experience at this comfortable lakefront restaurant, skip the middle of the menu, where chef/owner David Wong lists such Sino-American standbys as orange chicken and beef with broccoli. It’s not where his heart is. Focus instead on the front and back panels, where you’ll find authentic Szechuan and Cantonese specialties, among them chewy dan-dan noodles slicked with chili oil, complex casseroles (look for one that combines flounder, tofu, pork, and mushrooms), and several cumin-laced stir-fries, including a marvelous combination of sliced lamb, peppers, and onions.

It’s also where you’ll find dim sum, cooked to order and with great care: delicate har gow, rice paper-wrapped shrimp dumplings; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with plump shrimp; and char siu bao, pillowy browned buns of savory-sweet roast pork.

Also good: Diced chicken with chilies; tea-smoked duck; eggplant with shrimp paste.

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