East Pearl

838 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852


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

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: East Pearl

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.