10038 Darnestown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese
Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Pan-sautéed dumplings; mustard greens with fresh soy beans; Hainan chicken rice; slow-roasted beef noodle soup; sautéed pork with chives and dried bean curd; thick Shanghai-style noodles.
Special Features: Kid Friendly
Why go: Dishes seldom seen elsewhere—including esoteric preparations from Taiwan and mainland China—lift this snug but attractive strip-mall restaurant above the tide of more-conventional Chinese spots.
What to get: Pan-sautéed dumplings glazed with chili oil on the side; mustard greens mellowed by fresh soy beans; Hainan chicken rice, a specialty from the island of Hainan that brings together tender braised chicken, rice steeped in chicken broth, and chili and ginger dipping sauces; slow-roasted beef noodle soup; sautéed slivers of pork with chives and chewy dried bean curd; thick Shanghai-style noodles.
Best for: Those looking for a cozier, more intimate setting than the area’s big dim-sum palaces.
Insider tip: Owner Michael Wang makes only occasional appearances, but servers are knowledgeable about the menu and quick to offer suggestions for putting together a meal.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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