14005 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese
Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Steamed pork shank; Szechuan street dumplings; Green Bean Jelly with black pepper; cumin lamb; ma po tofu; spicy potato noodles; Kung Pao chicken; Chengdu pork; "ants on a stick."
Entrées $6.50 to $21.95, lunch buffet $8, dinner buffet $9, weekend buffet $10.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
This sprawling restaurant’s intersecting chambers are full of diners shuffling to and from the 120-item buffet, but ordering à la carte lets you try the really good stuff, such as Ants on a Tree, a dish of finely minced pork sticking to cellophane noodles. The kitchen’s rendition of fiery mapo tofu—soft cubes of bean curd bobbing in chili oil—will have you moaning with pleasure even as the feeling leaves your lips. And be sure to sample a perfect rendition of Chengdu-style Kung Pao chicken.
Going with a group? Consider calling ahead to order the steamed pork shank, then pile your plate with the still-crunchy bok choy and soft mushrooms that swim in its rich brown broth.
Also good: Cucumbers with garlic and chilies; dan-dan noodles; steamed dump-lings; cumin lamb.