Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: China Bistro
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China Bistro
Address: 755 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-294-0808
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Beef-and-celery dumplings; Mama's special dumplings; vegetable dumplings; shrimp-and-chive dumplings; cold noodles with peanut sauce; beef noodle soup; bubble teas, such as honeydew and lemon-kumquat.
Price Details: Dumplings, $5.95 to $7.50 per dozen.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cafes & Carryouts

Forget the standard menu full of decent renditions of conventional Chinese-American fare. You’re here for the dumplings ($5.95 to $7.50 a dozen), which are steamed or fried to order. Rita Lee—the Mama of the restaurant’s unofficial name—makes them every day; the wrappers, thick but pliant, are stuffed with lively fillings.

We’re partial to Mama’s special, stuffed with pork, chives, and Napa cabbage; a version with ground shrimp and chive; and another with minced beef, slivers of celery, and sprigs of cilantro (also known as Chinese parsley). For a bigger, more well-rounded meal, the refrigerator case in the front is stocked with a wonderful array of cold, palate-awakening plates, including marinated cucumbers.

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