Cheap Eats 2009: Hong Kong Palace
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Hong Kong Palace
Address: 6387 Leesburg Pike, Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-532-0940
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
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: Starters, $3.95 to $6.95; entrées $6.50 to $22.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups
Food Specials

Why go: Its name notwithstanding, this storefront offers fiery Szechuan cooking, and the food’s mouth-numbing afterburn—a sign of the famed ma la peppercorn—is a mark of authenticity.

What to get: House-made dan dan noodles topped with ground pork and crispy scallions and set on fire with chili oil; fish-and-pickled-vegetable soup with cellophane noodles; home-style bacon, an occasional special with thick slabs of pork, salty black beans, and red peppers; Kung Pao chicken, dice-size cubes of meat tossed with Szechuan peppers and peanuts; for dessert, deliciously sweet sesame balls filled with bean paste.

Best for: Diners who are happy when spoons and chopsticks are the only utensils on the table.

Insider tip: On Friday and Saturday nights, large Chinese families flock to the 12 tables, so waits can exceed an hour.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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