Cheap Eats 2007: Mark's Duck House
Comments () | Published July 13, 2007
Mark's Duck House
Address: 6184-A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-532-2125
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to midnight.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Shrimp-and-pork wonton with brown vinegar and red chili sauces; Peking duck with plum sauce, scallions, and pancakes; salty beef short ribs with chili and garlic; sesame jellyfish; stir-fried greens with or without tofu; steaming noodle soups.

Just inside is a small counter with hanging delicacies, such as roasted ducks and pig heads, leading into a large dining hall softened by cool greens and pastels and bordered in back by tanks of fresh seafood. And that’s all you need to know when ordering—duck, pig, and seafood are the kitchen’s strengths, and the less adorned the better.

Peking duck is a must, the succulent meat served alongside the crispy skin. You won’t find better roast suckling pig in town; available whole if you call in advance, it easily can feed a dozen or more people.

Seafood is best in a simple sauce of soy, ginger, and scallions. Vegetables include sautéed chive blossom, water spinach, baby bok choy, and intensely flavored Chinese celery.

Mark’s Duck House advertises itself as Hong Kong–style but tends to use a heavy hand with thick, salty sauces. It pays to stay simple, focusing on the fine roasted meats and fresh seafood, all prepared as simply as possible.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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