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Hong Kong Pearl

6286 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA

703-237-1388

Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Breakfast, Chinese

Opening Hours:
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

Price Details:
Starters, $1.25 to $12.95; entre├ęs, $9.95 to $42.95

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Good for Groups

Cheap Eats 2012: Hong Kong Pearl

Cheap Eats 2012

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.