Red Pearl

10215 Wincopin Cir.
Columbia, MD 21044


Neighborhood: Columbia

Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum

Opening Hours:
Monday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 10:30 to 10.

Price Range: Moderate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Har gow (shrimp dumplings); char siu bao (baked pork buns); eggplant with shrimp paste; dan-dan noodles; cumin lamb; braised flounder; diced chicken with chilies; salt-and-pepper lobster; tea-smoked duck.

Price Details:
Dim sum $3 to $7, entrées $10 to $20.

Special Features: Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2012: Red Pearl

Cheap Eats 2012

To maximize your experience at this comfortable lakefront restaurant, skip the middle of the menu, where chef/owner David Wong lists such Sino-American standbys as orange chicken and beef with broccoli. It’s not where his heart is. Focus instead on the front and back panels, where you’ll find authentic Szechuan and Cantonese specialties, among them chewy dan-dan noodles slicked with chili oil, complex casseroles (look for one that combines flounder, tofu, pork, and mushrooms), and several cumin-laced stir-fries, including a marvelous combination of sliced lamb, peppers, and onions.

It’s also where you’ll find dim sum, cooked to order and with great care: delicate har gow, rice paper-wrapped shrimp dumplings; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with plump shrimp; and char siu bao, pillowy browned buns of savory-sweet roast pork.

Also good: Diced chicken with chilies; tea-smoked duck; eggplant with shrimp paste.