Cheap Eats 2011: Full Key
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Full Key - Wheaton
Address: 2227 University Boulevard W., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20902
Phone: 301-933-8388
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Cantonese-style duck; roast pork; soy-sauce chicken; clams with black bean sauce; stirfried snowpea leaves; Lotus Root Delight; soy sauce noodles; shredded pork with pan-fried noodles; pepper-salted pork chops; congee with beef, squid, and peanut; black-
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

This always-slammed hole in the wall, younger sister to the Chinatown original, has never added seats to meet demand, never broadened its menu, never created a beer-and-wine list. It's the same place it was when it opened in 1991. And why not? When you've been one of the area's preeminent destinations for Hong Kong-style cuisine for two decades, why tamper with what works?

The cooking is sure-handed and consistent, excelling in a variety of ways: soups (the Hong Kong-style noodle with soup dumplings is superb), roast fowl and game (duck and chicken boast burnished, crispy skins and tender meats), hot pots (sizzling beef with black pepper is a gutsier, more authentic pepper steak), and tightly sauced stir-fries.

Also good: Shrimp and egg on rice; chicken with soy sauce on rice; Kingdom Pork Chop (with a sweet-and-sour sauce); Crispy Pork Chop With Spicy Salt; roasted-duck noodle soup.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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