A & J Restaurant--Rockville
Not your everyday Northern Chinese dim sum.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 30, 2006
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A & J Restaurant - Rockville
Address: 1319-C Rockville Pike , Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-251-7878
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Breakfast, Dim Sum, Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9, and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sesame biscuits with sliced pork or beef ; pickled spicy cucumbers; chicken-and-cucumber salad with mustard sauce dan dan noodles; noodles with stewed, ground pork; fried chicken over rice; soy-sauce chicken; chicken soup with noodles and bok choy; musta
Price Details: Dim sum, .95 cents to $5.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

When was the last time you had a sandwich at a Chinese restaurant? For an experience that challenges your notions of what Chinese cuisine is, head to these northern-Chinese dim sum parlors. Both locations attract a youngish crowd. Rockville, with trapeze lighting and spice-colored walls, is a bit trendier. Annandale has a more traditional look: faux stone and a mural of China.

Unlike the dumplings and noodles that characterize Hong Kong-style dim sum, the northern-Chinese version revolves around bread. The reason? The cold, dry climate of the north is suitable for growing wheat and millet rather than rice, a staple in the south. Breadstuffs include thousand-layer pancake (it actually has about 20) and what can only be described as a sandwich--two flaky, sesame-studded rectangles of dough with bits of pork or beef between them. To take a bite is to experience happiness.

Delicious dumplings the size of a Cuban cigar are stuffed with pork--they may look odd, but the taste is familiar. Steamed spareribs with spiced rice powder are worthwhile morsels, as are razor-thin shavings of pork. More substantial are two show-stopper soups. One has the bite of mustard greens; the other, a fiery beef stew, woos with chilies.

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