Hong Kong Palace
6387 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Appetizers $2.50 to $5.95, entrées $4.95 to $9.95.
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Hong Kong Palace
June 2006 Cheap Eats
The array of Cantonese cuisine at this Falls Church restaurant, much of it esoteric, makes for a meal that feels like an adventure.
Pale-pink walls with Chinese-red accents suffuse the place in a rosy glow, while an oversize photograph of Hong Kong by night is almost as riveting as the tanks of lobster and tilapia.
The menu careens from the mundane--think moo goo gai pan--to the marvelous, earthy spareribs and kidneys in casserole. There's also a board full of specials written in Chinese on red slips of paper. Agitate for a translation or you might miss a gem like the golden oyster omelet or dry-sautéed slices of beef crusty with five spice and bits of fried shallot and green chili.
The unexpected usually trumps the conventional. Think chow fun (wide noodles) in an oily (in a good way) and slightly spicy black-bean sauce with fried rounds of battered grouper or the house special chicken that's been steamed tender. Salt-baked items like pork chops or oversize shrimp with heads on are crowd pleasers.
Casseroles also triumph. Try one with stir-fried oysters, ginger, and scallions or with lamb and dried bean curd. There are dishes devoted to shark's fin, abalone, and sea cucumber, but these likely will blow the Cheap Eats budget. And at this find, you don't have to eat expensively to eat well.