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: Diners are more likely to hear “ni hao” than “hello” at this Chinese-Taiwanese hybrid in the new Chinatown of northern Rockville. The bistro lights set a downtown mood, and the house-made noodles and potstickers will make you forget the fare at the usual Chinese takeout joint.
What to get: Steamed pork buns and potsticker dumplings from the dim sum menu; pork-lo-mein-like Shanghai noodles; Hainan rice and chicken, a boneless poached breast with subtle layers of flavor; slow-roasted beef-and-noodle soup with a healthy hit of anise; shredded pork with dry bean curd from the Taiwanese section of the menu.
Best for: Diners open to trying new things—it would be easy to dine here every week for a year and never eat the same dish twice.
Insider tip: Dim sum fans don’t have to wait till the weekend; the menu lists more than a dozen dim sum dishes that can be ordered anytime.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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