Cheap Eats 2012: Hong Kong Palace

Cheap Eats 2012

If you’re looking to try dan-dan noodles—an oft-discussed dish among area Szechuan-cuisine fans—this dining room is a good place to do it. Chili-oil-doused noodles are topped with minced pork, scallions, and peppers for an excellent appetizer that belies its simple preparation.

Spice fans will find more to love in the fiery, cloud-like cubes of mapo tofu or the similar fish with tofu, but both tame and bold palates can enjoy the pungent green-onion pancake and pork-stuffed steamed dumplings. Sesame balls tend to divide loyalties—the sticky dessert is a love-it-or-hate-it sort of a dish.

Also good: Sliced pork with peppers; Kung Pao chicken; chicken with fried stuffed chilies.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.