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  • Best dim sum is just outside the city: Oriental East in Silver Spring. Sure, you have to wait in a looooooooooooooooooooong line, but they have some creative options and lots of yumminess.

  • I always find Chinese food to be kind of an interesting anomaly in the realm of ethnic cuisine for two reasons. Firstly, for a cuisine of its prominence in the U.S. there are very few of what we would call “high-end” Chinese restaurants, and the few that exist don’t generally locate in downtown areas. There is, for example, no real Chinese counterpart to Oyamel for Mexican cuisine, Rasika for Indian, or any of the various high-end sushi joints in town.

    Secondly, urban reinvestment and gentrification have led to urban ethnic restaurants in many cuisines that nearly rival those of their suburban counterparts. It’s no secret that the best pho, bulgogi, tacos, etc are still outside the city limits closer to suburban ethnic enclaves. However, in recent years restaurants have opened that significantly close the quality gap between city and suburbs in each of those genres (and in a number of others). Yet the Chinese food options in DC pale in comparison to the suburbs, and they haven’t gotten better over time at all.

    I’m assuming the differences must be cultural, but I’ve yet to really figure the mechanics out. Anyone have any thoughts? In any case, I’m hoping this place will be my savior, ’cause I love good Chinese food…

  • I guess if ping pong + pizza works, why not try dim sum + pizza?

    Did you notice if they had a permit that would indicate the ping pong tables are going to be out on the sidewalk, or will it be on the inside only?

  • Ping pong and dim sum… sounds like my last trip to Thailand. oh and lee here is a “thought” switch to decaf or lay off the China white. Your response was a bit over done and over thought. But then again you are Asian and food is your religion. There must be no kickball tonight.

  • China Garden in Roslyn is very good.

  • i believe that building is between i street and mass ave.

  • ummm, racist alert @ 7:28…

  • Hmm…..this might be the first US outlet of the London Dim Sum chain by the same name:


    Please say it IS so. The I went to this restaurant in Soho was the best dim sum I’ve had ever.

  • The building is between I and K Streets. And yes, it is a US outlet of the London chain.

  • Yes Oriental East in SS is the best dim sum in MoCo. The best chinese restaurant in general (no dim sum) is Paul Key in Wheaton. The city basically is void of any good chinese joints.

  • I’ve lived in DC, SF and Philly. I’ve been for dim sum in NYC w/Chinese locals. By far, the best I’ve had in DC is at China Garden in Rosslyn. Whether I go with Cantonese, Taiwanese, or Benetton ad friends, the food is always really good. (I never make it up to Rockville, but I hear there are some good places out there.)

    It’s definitely the best you can get here. I ate there last Saturday and the sticky rice and chive/pork dumplings in a thin skin were by far the best items we had. It is quite possibly the best sticky rice ever. (Heavy on the soy sauce and meat, the way I like it.)

  • BTW, Stone – it IS the North American outpost of PingPong Dim Sum. The website says so. Opening date is supposed to be Dec 2009 according to the site.

    I’m looking forward to this place but with reservations. I hope it’s not a victim of it’s own success downtown. Sometimes with the big places, they just don’t get quality going because they need the quantity so badly at peak times. Plus I saw their menu and you’re not really going to get the unusual stuff, like our freakishly large American Chicken Feet. (Which were also pretty good at China Garden last week.)

  • Best Dim Sum is Hollywood East Cafe in Wheaton. They’ve been closed over the summer while they relocate, but it’s worth the trip (and the wait).

  • Long time lurker, first time poster.

    No one mentioned Tony Cheng’s, which is right in the thick of Chinatown (on H between 6-7th), which in my opinion is the best option without going to VA or MD. The key to any dim sum success is high volume, (as the last thing you want is for your food to sit around in the steam carts) and Tony Cheng’s has a huge dining room, and pulls in a ton of customers.

    Just make sure you go during prime time (11am-1pm-ish), otherwise it won’t be nearly as fresh. You might have to wait a bit, but its well worth it. Plus, you get served immediately upon sitting down. My personal favorite is the clear noodle dumpling with the peanuts (and pork?), Pork dumplings are also amazing as are the shark fin dumplings. Get the sticky rice on the plate, not the one in the banana leaf, which has all sorts of odd meats popping out.

    Also, make sure you go upstairs, the downstairs is a mongolian grill type thing (which I haven’t tried, but can’t possibly be as good as dim-sum.)

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