Hong Kong Pearl
6286 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Breakfast, Chinese
Monday through Friday, 10:30 AM to 2 AM; Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 2 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Starters, $1.25 to $12.95; entreés, $9.95 to $42.95
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Good for Groups
Maybe it’s not the greatest idea to stand by the gorgeous display of hanging meats as you wait for a table on a weekend morning at this teeming dim sum parlor. Maybe that only makes the waiting worse. But consider it reconnaissance—you’re scoping out possibilities for the coming feast. That dangling side of pig, for instance, may not be on the carts—ask for it by name. And you should: The skin crunches like peanut brittle, while the meat is juicier and more tender than anything produced by pedigreed chefs employing the sous-vide method. The rolling carts, meanwhile, carry an array of gems—delicate dumplings, lightly rendered noodle dishes, and gorgeous steamed greens.
Also good: Rice-noodle crepe with shrimp; shu mai dumplings; pork ribs.