Cheap Eats 2012: East Pearl
Seafood is the star at East Pearl in Rockville. Photographs by Scott Suchman.
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Cheap Eats 2012

East Pearl
Address: 838 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-838-8663
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM. Friday through Saturday, 11 AM to 11:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Best Dishes Soyed chicken; shrimp-dumpling soup; seafood congee; spicy dumplings; Chinese broccoli with bacon; Singapore noodles; fried sea bass with black-bean sauce; fried cod with ginger; shrimp with walnuts; casserole of chicken, garlic, and mushrooms.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials
Cheap Eats 2012

Among the many authentic options on offer in Rockville’s de facto Chinatown, this Hong Kong-inspired newcomer from Sue Li, former owner of China Chef in Wheaton, has shot to the first rank. Li has made fresh ingredients a priority, and her cooks use a light hand in cranking out the noodle dishes, soups, congee (a kind of porridge), and roasted meats that define the cuisine of that bustling port city.

Seafood is the star—superlative shrimp-dumpling soup; fried shrimp and candied walnuts glazed with mayonnaise; whole fried cod blitzed with ginger, garlic, and green onions—but there are meats worth your investment, too. The roast, soyed chicken delivers crisp, glazed skin and velvety meat, while a plate of glistening, sautéed Chinese broccoli is given a boost with slivers of smoky pork belly.

Also good: Congee with seafood; beef-and-turnip casserole; Shanghai-style curry noodles with pork and shrimp.

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