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Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: chris ()
Date: October 21, 2010 11:37PM

There used to be this place in Springfield called Ding How (still there but changed management/menus about a year ago and not as good). It had been the same guy for almost 60 years and it was hands down the best chinese food I've ever had.

Now, I can't find anything that's really good and getting seriously tired of trying new places that suck. I've researched this all before and I think I know what names will likely come up but most of those have not impressed me. Perhaps the community has some other ideas? Where's the best anywhere in Fairfax County?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Takeout ()
Date: October 21, 2010 11:41PM

China King at Clocktower. Setting's not real nice but I've never had takeout better than that.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: October 22, 2010 12:51AM

Takeout Wrote:
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> China King at Clocktower. Setting's not real nice
> but I've never had takeout better than that.


Is there a difference between that one and any of the others? (Sterling, Falls Church, etc.)

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Resident ()
Date: October 22, 2010 01:25AM

I've been going to Ding How for many many years. It was always greasy, good, and with large portions. The Egg Foo Young that I've always gotten there is still the same. The portions are actually a little bigger now. The young owners are very nice and will customize your order if you ask (ie, extra gravy on the EFY and pls. don't overcook). I still enjoy the place. The egg rolls there are probably the BEST I've had in the area.

My fav used to be Peking Village in MERRIFIELD, but it's long gone. Peking Village 2 in Fairfax is not affiliated with the closed one in Merrifield. The food I had there (kung pao chicken) was absolutely horrible. Don't bother.

The best I've found in the area since Peking Village closed is House of Fortune in McLean. The kung pao chicken there is excellent. They have a well known chef/owner now and the food is great. The staff is very friendly too. Two thumbs up.

House of Fortune
6715 Lowell Ave
McLean, VA 22101
703-821-3779

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Kingpin ()
Date: October 22, 2010 02:05AM

I'm new to the area, but I really like Sampan Cafe in Franconia. I've only had the lo mein there, but every time I went it was only Asian people eating there, which I think is a good sign. Plus it's cheap.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 22, 2010 07:19AM

I like these lately:

Peking Gourmet Inn (east end of Bailey's Crossroads)
China Delight (west end of Bailey's Crossroads)
A&J (Annandale) - dim sum, not what you probably expect
Best Fortune (Seven Corners) - dim sum

None of these compare favorably with:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mary-chung-restaurant-cambridge

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Teh King ()
Date: October 22, 2010 07:37AM

Spacy Wrote:
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[snip]
> None of these compare favorably with:
> http://www.yelp.com/biz/mary-chung-restaurant-camb
> ridge


WTF do you expect? MIT is just up the street.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: two cents ()
Date: October 22, 2010 07:47AM

Sampan Cafe is good in Franconia as someone previously mentioned.

House of Dynasty in Hayfield off of Telegraph Rd has always been good to dine in and take out.

There are my two cents.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Anon ()
Date: October 22, 2010 08:43AM

Red Pepper in Fair Lakes. Best Hunan Chicken I've ever had.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: October 22, 2010 08:51AM

I really like China Wok in Tysons Corner, it's a great place for carry-out.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Les ()
Date: October 22, 2010 09:19AM

I wouldn't go more than 3-4 miles for takeout.
I used to go to the Peking Express in Vienna on 123 across from the Urgent Care. They were good but expensive (low end dishes are 10 dollars plus).
As for Herndon/Reston, there are several on Spring Street off of Fairfax County Parkway. Chopsticks and Chen's Kitchen are much better than China King. China King is very cheap (5-6 dollars for regular dish, 12-13 for chef's specials).

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: October 22, 2010 09:48AM

If you're interested in authentic Szechuan cooking, Hong Kong Palace (despite the name, which the current owners never bothered to change from the prior Cantonese regime) in Seven Corners is outstanding and Sichuan Village in Chantilly (the menu, not the buffet) is also very good.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: LaxWife9 ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:23AM

If you are out in the Centreville area my husband and I really like SINO's INN. Fantastic food for a decent price. In the City of Falls Church we like Hunan Cafe. I have to agree with Resident. Peking Village was awesome! I was kinda pissed to see it had closed.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Yum Duck ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:41AM

Mark's Duck House - corner of Patrick Henry and Route 50 - best duck around, of course, but the rest of their dishes are consistently good day/night and weekend. They must have more than one main chef (the chef is THE reason to go to a Chinese restaurant (minimally - probably true for all good joints); if he/she leaves, the restaurant is nothing).

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=mark%27s+duck+house,+fairfax,+va&sll=37.230328,-73.212891&sspn=61.963325,85.869141&ie=UTF8&hq=mark%27s+duck+house,&hnear=Fairfax,+Virginia&ll=38.870069,-77.147375&spn=0.003792,0.005241&t=h&z=18

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: nasty ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:42AM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> I really like China Wok in Tysons Corner, it's a
> great place for carry-out.


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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: October 22, 2010 11:09AM

Les Wrote:
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> I wouldn't go more than 3-4 miles for takeout.
> I used to go to the Peking Express in Vienna on
> 123 across from the Urgent Care. They were good
> but expensive (low end dishes are 10 dollars
> plus).
> As for Herndon/Reston, there are several on Spring
> Street off of Fairfax County Parkway. Chopsticks
> and Chen's Kitchen are much better than China
> King. China King is very cheap (5-6 dollars for
> regular dish, 12-13 for chef's specials).

Peking Express is/was OK. Not terrific. What was a fantastic place was the place that preceded Serenity. They touted "organic" ingredients which I think meant an excuse to charge higher prices. But the food was very, very good. The crispy beef was cooked perfectly, the lemon chicken wasn't syrupy sweet, the stir fried vegetables did not taste oily.

It disappeared and was replaced by Serenity which we have not gone to - and are afraid to go to after having seen their first menu which looked like "authentic" Hunan Chinese.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: October 22, 2010 11:09AM

Bob in Southeast Loudoun Wrote:
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> If you're interested in authentic Szechuan
> cooking, Hong Kong Palace (despite the name, which
> the current owners never bothered to change from
> the prior Cantonese regime) in Seven Corners is
> outstanding and Sichuan Village in Chantilly (the
> menu, not the buffet) is also very good.


Do you really want authentic SiChuan cooking? Eat some of it in Chengdu or Mianyang, and you will never recognize anything made in the USA...

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Nothing Ethnic ()
Date: October 22, 2010 11:22AM

I once took a 4-day blitzkrieg tour of Europe with a tour group from Taiwan (long story) - Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands.

In each country and for each main meal, we ate the exact same CHINESE menu.

Never again will I eat http://www.applepiepatispate.com/main-course/dongpo-rou-braised-pork-belly/

Lol!

Sure would have liked to munch some pasta or something in Italy (fave country).

[the food, albeit "chinese", was fairly uniform from country to country!]

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: happy eatings ()
Date: October 22, 2010 02:32PM

BURGLARY: The Ding How Carryout restaurant, 6808 Bland Street, was burglarized some
time between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 and 2:55 a.m. the next day. A cash register
was determined to be missing.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crime/incident-reports/2010/activity_report_10-22-10.pdf

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: October 22, 2010 05:40PM

ITRADE Wrote:
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> Bob in Southeast Loudoun Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > If you're interested in authentic Szechuan
> > cooking, Hong Kong Palace (despite the name,
> which
> > the current owners never bothered to change
> from
> > the prior Cantonese regime) in Seven Corners is
> > outstanding and Sichuan Village in Chantilly
> (the
> > menu, not the buffet) is also very good.
>
>
> Do you really want authentic SiChuan cooking? Eat
> some of it in Chengdu or Mianyang, and you will
> never recognize anything made in the USA...

Have you ever tried either of the places I mentioned? Certainly a lot more authentic than your typical kung pao joint. These places turn out some great stuff.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: dika-dika ()
Date: October 22, 2010 05:58PM

In a dumpster

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: 496 ()
Date: October 22, 2010 07:49PM

Where ever you see the least amount of domestic animals.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Whobe ()
Date: October 22, 2010 09:57PM

Peking Village 11 is about the best I've tried but I'm no Chinese food guru either?

Tried Royal Buffet in Herndon the other day, excellent for a chinese buffet!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: whiterussian ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:14PM

Depends on what you like, Chinese-wise. Hunan West in the Kings Park shopping center (Springfield) is very good for Chinese-American cooking (chow mein, General Tso's etc.). They also have a Thai selection that is not very Thai but surprisingly good.

China Star in Fair City is great for more authentic Chinese food - I swear by their chili chicken and tripe with peppers. Make sure to get the real Chinese menu.

Also, Spacy is right - - A&J in Annandale is great. They have fantastic dim sum type snacks - great for lunch.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: hot tweek ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:38PM

Little Panda in Manassas has the best Cream of sum yung guy

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: yummy in his tummy ()
Date: October 22, 2010 10:41PM

hot tweek Wrote:
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> Little Panda in Manassas has the best Cream of sum
> yung guy



an eesh favorite!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: October 22, 2010 11:49PM

there is a gay chinese place in Fairfax. The main dish is cumfromsomeyoungman

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 23, 2010 05:57AM

Bob in Southeast Loudoun Wrote:
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> If you're interested in authentic Szechuan [...]
> Sichuan Village in Chantilly

I've been there too and liked it.

(I didn't mention it because I've only been there once, it's a little far away from me.)

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 23, 2010 05:59AM

Yum Duck Wrote:
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> Mark's Duck House - corner of Patrick Henry and
> Route 50 - best duck around, of course, but the
> rest of their dishes are consistently good
> day/night and weekend. They must have more than
> one main chef (the chef is THE reason to go to a
> Chinese restaurant (minimally - probably true for
> all good joints); if he/she leaves, the restaurant
> is nothing).

I used to go there every weekend for dim sum, but they got extremely crowded -- too popular for their own good -- and the result was that the service became weird and rude, so I haven't been back for about a year.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 23, 2010 06:07AM

I should also mention Mui Kee, on Route 50 & Annandale Road (behind the IHOP). I like it for late-night Cantonese.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 23, 2010 06:07AM

Did anyone mention Duck Chang's in Annandale yet?
I've only been there twice, but I liked it.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Lorne ()
Date: October 23, 2010 06:33AM

My cook Hop Sing is most excellent

Love his fried panda and rice meal

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Joe B. ()
Date: October 23, 2010 08:37AM

I agree with spacy re: Peking Gourmet Inn at Bailey's X Roads across fm Taliban Towers. It's the best I ever had but I haven't been there in yrs -- too far away. That said, I nust say that I rearry rike China King -- a chain but consistently good chow.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Priapus ()
Date: October 23, 2010 08:56AM

X.O. is across the street from Mark's in the torn up shopping area. It's just as good and not as crowded

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Hmm Thanks ()
Date: October 23, 2010 11:29AM

> X.O...

Oh, never heard of that (but found it on the map). Will have to give it a try - thanks.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 23, 2010 02:22PM

Bob in Southeast Loudoun Wrote:
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> If you're interested in authentic Szechuan
> cooking, Hong Kong Palace (despite the name, which
> the current owners never bothered to change from
> the prior Cantonese regime) in Seven Corners

I am eating there for the first time, as I write this.

It rocks.

I'm having Dan Dan Noodles, and some chicken dish based on numbing peppers. Mmmmmmm.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: uhhwoah ()
Date: October 23, 2010 07:48PM

Resident Wrote:
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> Peking Village 2 in Fairfax is
> not affiliated with the closed one in Merrifield.
> The food I had there (kung pao chicken) was
> absolutely horrible. Don't bother.

Are you serious? PVII is the shit. I always get the Kung Pao Chicken and it's always full of win.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Resident ()
Date: October 23, 2010 08:11PM

Peking Village 2 served me the absolutely worst kung pao chicken I've ever had. I'm not sure what spices they are using...tasted like chili powder or something similar. I noticed the cook is Latino. Maybe he added some Latin flavor. They are not following the traditional Chinese recipe - that's for sure. If you enjoy PV2...EAT IT. I won't go back there again.

I'll stick to House of Fortune in McLean. Their Kung Pao chicken is second only to the original Peking Village in Merrifield. Theirs was incredible. I will check out some of the places mentioned in this thread too. Great thread! I do love my Americanized Chinese food.

Someone mentioned traditional Chinese food. A couple years ago a Chinese neighbor invited me to celebrate Chinese new year at a Chinese restaurant on Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn. They served traditional Chinese fare. It was very different and very unappealing to me. Lots of fish. Lots of shell, bone, and scrap. Ewww. It was not good (to me). I'll stick to Americanized Chinese TY.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: One-Way ()
Date: October 24, 2010 07:11AM

Peking Gourmet Inn. There's no better place.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Best in Kingstown Area ()
Date: October 24, 2010 07:57PM

Mentioned earlier..........bext for carry out or dine in is Dynasty in Hayfield Shopping Center

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ff ()
Date: October 24, 2010 10:54PM

Far East Kitchen in Chantilly, duh, EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: A Real Chinaman! ()
Date: October 24, 2010 11:50PM

First of all, you round eyes will not get good chinese cuz you cannot order off the chinese menu. Bring your chinese friend and you will get the hook up.

A&J-good X O-sucks

Right now the best for the round eye is over in Fair Lakes, in the Malibu Grill.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: P. F. ()
Date: October 25, 2010 08:49PM

hong kong express in burke is pretty good.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Duchess ()
Date: October 26, 2010 08:57AM

Mark's Duck House - Across Rte 40 from 7 corners

Dim Sum is served at lunch - way better than Fortune

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Ogien ()
Date: October 30, 2010 05:01PM

In my opinion Szechuan East on Burke Center Parkway is by far the best Chinese food I've had in this area. Been going there for years and they never disappoint.

Anyone ever try them before?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: October 30, 2010 06:01PM

Hunan Delight in Vienna was really, really good back in the day, but I haven't eaten there in a long time.

Sino's Inn in Centreville is pretty good too.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: October 30, 2010 06:04PM

Pei Wei.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: true ()
Date: October 30, 2010 06:28PM

south riding has a place called

WONG KOK

i haven't been there yet



i always like the CANTON CAFE in springfield by kmart and trader joes

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Real Chinaman ()
Date: October 31, 2010 09:13AM

eesh Wrote:
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> Pei Wei.



You idiot! Pei Wei is not even close to real chinese food.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: October 31, 2010 09:24AM

Real Chinaman Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Pei Wei.
>
>
>
> You idiot! Pei Wei is not even close to real
> chinese food.


The two times I've eaten at Pei Wei (2 separate locations) - I've been shitting my brains out 45 minutes later, complete with bubble guts and cramping. Never again.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: CHINA KING ()
Date: November 01, 2010 02:52AM

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Blank Reg ()
Date: November 01, 2010 11:22AM

I agree with China King above me. The food is fantastic and you can't beat the price per amount. At some places, vegetables taste like they haven't been washed, sort of a pine sol pesticide flavor, but China King always tastes great. I don't know about the other locations, but at the Fairfax Towne Center location, it's cash or check only I believe.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: November 01, 2010 12:32PM

true Wrote:
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> south riding has a place called
>
> WONG KOK
>
> i haven't been there yet
>

Wong Kok is nothing special, despite the name. Kirin Cafe a block west on Elk Lick is much better. There's also a new place called Hunan Village in the new East Gate shopping center just east of South Riding that's good too.

Also, I will second Spacy's rec of Miu Kee. I ate there the night before I had surgery to fix a detached retina and they did a great job.

Spacy, glad you liked Hong Kong Palace!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Leslie ()
Date: November 01, 2010 08:41PM

Hands down for the past twenty years it has to be Fortune Palace in the Greenbriar Shopping Center, on Route 50 between Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax and Sully Plaza in Chantilly. Look for it near the Bonefish Restaurant there.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: smartass ()
Date: November 01, 2010 09:12PM

Spacy Wrote:
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> Did anyone mention Duck Chang's in Annandale yet?
> I've only been there twice, but I liked it.


I used to have the peking duck there alot, it was/(is?) their specialty. I;ve tried PK duck at 4 or 5 other places since the last time I was a duck Chang;s (at least 5 year ago), but none were as good. Do they still have the great duck with the tableside carving???

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: FoxMulder ()
Date: November 02, 2010 04:43AM

Leslie Wrote:
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> Hands down for the past twenty years it has to be
> Fortune Palace in the Greenbriar Shopping Center,
> on Route 50 between Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax and
> Sully Plaza in Chantilly. Look for it near the
> Bonefish Restaurant there.


Truth. Fortune Palace is the shit. Besides Peking Gourmet Inn, it is the best around.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: 10inchdonkey ()
Date: November 02, 2010 04:56AM

the best chinese in this area is peking gourmet inn in falls church

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: mjcc1987 fuck off ()
Date: November 03, 2010 07:40PM

Chung King

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: November 12, 2010 05:55PM

Lame. That was not even funny or witty when I was 12.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Ally ()
Date: November 14, 2010 04:07PM

Peking Gourmet on Rt. 7 in Falls Church (Culmore area)...best by FAR.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Duck lover ()
Date: November 14, 2010 04:15PM

> ...Peking Gourmet...

George Bush Senior liked that place - even after becoming The Prez:

http://www.google.com/search?q=peking+gourmet+george+bush

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Lots of Stars ()
Date: November 14, 2010 04:25PM

Duck lover Wrote:
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> > ...Peking Gourmet...
>
> George Bush Senior liked that place - even after
> becoming The Prez:
>
> http://www.google.com/search?q=peking+gourmet+geor
> ge+bush


Yeah, lots of stars have been there, too. The pictures on the walls in the front entry are amazing. Plus, they have bullet-proof glass in the front of the restaurant, so you can eat in peace (no drive-by shootings to worry about from MS-13).

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: 124C41 ()
Date: November 14, 2010 05:55PM

Peking Gourmet (Culmore) is the best--serious parking problems in a declining neighborhood, unfortunately.

Next best is Ho's Dynasty in Burke. Use for take out all the time. The best!

Asian Grill in Springfield, also, is an excellent choice for Chinese food.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: A Real Chinaman! ()
Date: November 14, 2010 07:53PM

You know...how many times have you been in Peking and seen more whites than Asians? Me personally, both times I have been there in my 46 years of life. They are OK for you Americans that dont know what AUTHENTIC Chinese food is.

100% Chinese here and they do not make my top 10 list.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: One-Way ()
Date: November 15, 2010 07:06AM

A Real Chinaman! Wrote:
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> You know...how many times have you been in Peking
> and seen more whites than Asians? Me personally,
> both times I have been there in my 46 years of
> life. They are OK for you Americans that dont
> know what AUTHENTIC Chinese food is.
>
> 100% Chinese here and they do not make my top 10
> list.

We're in the USA. We like American Chinese food. Where did anybody ask about "authentic" Chinese food? You want stinky tofu? Go back to China.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Yum yum, part II ()
Date: November 15, 2010 07:42AM

Mark's Duck House has a large percentage asian clientele. Peter Pan, of all places, used to have a very large percentage asian clientele, though I believe that is changing. The original Fortune restaurant (not necessarily the existing one) was mostly asian clientele. There is/was a Peking duck place down in Tyson's off Route 7 under an office building - sorry, can't remember the name - that had an almost 100% asian clientele. Down in Crystal City in the USA Today building there is a Chinese restaurant, again can't remember the name, where the clientele was almost exclusively asian. And a number of years back at Tysons II there was a Chinese restaurant (alas, I believe it's gone now) that was mostly asian clientele.

In each case the food offerings ranged from American Chinese to for-sure-Chinese Chinese and was uniformly good from my experience - love that General Tso's, love those duck feet!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Real Chinaman ()
Date: November 15, 2010 08:37AM

One-Way Wrote:
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> A Real Chinaman! Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > You know...how many times have you been in
> Peking
> > and seen more whites than Asians? Me
> personally,
> > both times I have been there in my 46 years of
> > life. They are OK for you Americans that dont
> > know what AUTHENTIC Chinese food is.
> >
> > 100% Chinese here and they do not make my top
> 10
> > list.
>
> We're in the USA. We like American Chinese food.
> Where did anybody ask about "authentic" Chinese
> food? You want stinky tofu? Go back to China.


Title of thread asks about best "CHINESE" food, not Amercicanized Chinese food. For your Americanized Chinese food got P.F Changs.

I do travel to China at least 2 times a year, would you like to come with me?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Yuck yuck ()
Date: November 15, 2010 08:44AM

> ...P.F Changs...

Gack!

I went there with my to-be-wife; ordered three supposedly different dishes (I think shrimp, beef, veggie); they ALL came out with the same thick brown semi-bitter sauce.

Haven't been back.

Fortunately, my now-wife forgave that gaff...

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Been there ()
Date: November 15, 2010 08:52AM

> ...I do travel to China at least 2 times a year, would you like to come with me?

My all-time favorite place to eat was at a little Ma-n-Pa pushcart vendor in Kaohsiung in front of a large temple - stir-fried ong-choy http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&q=ong+choy with lamb and hot peppers, sitting on dinky plastic stools at a fold-up dinky table while smelling the incense...at 2 in the morning.

Yum.

Interestingly, the same pair gave me one of the worst cases of strep throat I've ever had - stupid me had a glass of freshly-squeezed cold cane juice from the OTHER cart of the two (Ma and Pa carts...) - the squeezer was probably the PERFECT place for bacteria growth.

Don't eat cold food on the street unless your immune system is used to it.

Another delightful food item, same city, was grilled chicken butt - so much so that I learned how to ask for it myself and went to "the market" to get it alone - daring adventure! Gee peecoo la-duh how ma?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Been there redux ()
Date: November 15, 2010 08:59AM

> ...same pair gave me one of the worst cases of strep throat I've ever had...

Should have noted (to be complete) that I visited this pair multiple times with a bro-in-law and only once ordered the cane juice - once was for sure enough - but the OTHER food was consistently delightfully delicious.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: A Real Chinaman! ()
Date: November 15, 2010 01:38PM

Instead of traveling across the big pond, NYC is another great option. And there are some very nice places over the county line in Arlington too.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: GlassStache ()
Date: November 15, 2010 08:52PM

Chef Huang has amazing food! Great pricing considering how much food they give you too!
Try the Kung pao chicken, fried rice, or really just about everything on the menu... have yet to get a bad meal there!


http://www.chefhuang.com/

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ThePackLeader ()
Date: November 16, 2010 11:14PM

China King in Herndon, VA.

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"And if any women or children get their legs torn off, or faces caved in, well, it's tough shit for them." -2LT. Bert Stiles, 505th, 339th (On Berlin Bombardier Mission, 1944).

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: home ()
Date: November 17, 2010 01:46AM

I live with a Chinese roommate who hires a Chines cleaning lady who cooks for us sometimes. Can't beat that.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: chinesefoodmaster ()
Date: November 17, 2010 02:28AM

1. Magic Wok Springfield
2. Sino's Centreville
3. Nothing comes close to either

Sino's INN in centreville is amazing...They were the best in the 90's then went down hill a little, but as of 3 years ago they are back to greatness

THE BEST Chinese in all of the region is Magic Wok in Springfield, every single thing from their wonton soup, dumplings to every entree is abosolutely amazing. I am non biased on good Chinese and this is literally the best I've had outside of NYC. highly recomend you drive out there and try it.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Wong Kok ()
Date: November 17, 2010 07:18AM

home Wrote:
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> I live with a Chinese roommate who hires a Chines
> cleaning lady who cooks for us sometimes. Can't
> beat that.


No, can't beat home-made Chinese food, but look out for some kind of tofu that literally smells and taste like dirty stinky ass. It can ruin an otherwise, good meal.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: ThePackLeader ()
Date: November 17, 2010 06:22PM

home Wrote:
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> I live with a Chinese roommate who hires a Chines
> cleaning lady who cooks for us sometimes. Can't
> beat that.


I think it's safe to say that you've got the trophy there!

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"And if any women or children get their legs torn off, or faces caved in, well, it's tough shit for them." -2LT. Bert Stiles, 505th, 339th (On Berlin Bombardier Mission, 1944).

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Rotsaduck ()
Date: November 17, 2010 07:21PM

There's a small restaurant in a strip mall on the corner of Braddock and Union Mill, it may be called China Express. While I can't comment too much about their regular fare, their roast duck rivals that sold by Mark's Duck House. Since Chian Express is on the way home from my spouse's work, the saving in mileage (like 40-50 miles round-trip) makes it a LOT less expensive than Mark's for duck. We just had it (a surprise) tonight - very good again.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: A Real Chinaman! ()
Date: November 17, 2010 08:24PM

Rotsaduck Wrote:
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> There's a small restaurant in a strip mall on the
> corner of Braddock and Union Mill, it may be
> called China Express. While I can't comment too
> much about their regular fare, their roast duck
> rivals that sold by Mark's Duck House. Since Chian
> Express is on the way home from my spouse's work,
> the saving in mileage (like 40-50 miles
> round-trip) makes it a LOT less expensive than
> Mark's for duck. We just had it (a surprise)
> tonight - very good again.

Your right, their roast duck is pretty good. I had a dish that was a special (not on the every day menu) I think it was a crispy beef and another that is a seasonal thing with asparagus dish and they were both very tasty.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Yum Duck ()
Date: November 30, 2010 05:33PM

Priapus Wrote:
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> X.O. is across the street from Mark's in the torn
> up shopping area. It's just as good and not as
> crowded

Well, gee, a good friend of my wife's just out of the blue brought over two different types of roast duck from X.O. - dyn-o-mite! I think we just found a real Mark's Duck House alternative.

Very nice indeed.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Kim Soo Chuk ()
Date: November 30, 2010 05:52PM

Wong Kok in south riding. Ask for the Cream of Sum Yung Gi.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Rambunctious ()
Date: December 01, 2010 01:23AM

There's a relatively famous place right off route 50 in Annandale (visited by U.S. Presidents and other dignitaries) that makes a great "Kung Pao Proper" dish.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Rambunctious ()
Date: December 01, 2010 01:24AM

Kim Soo Chuk Wrote:
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> Wong Kok in south riding. Ask for the Cream of Sum
> Yung Gi.


Yea, that's original.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Mom in Vienna ()
Date: January 22, 2011 01:07PM

We used to like East Chateau in Vienna, but it must have changed chefs or owners in the past two months because the last meal we got there was practically inedible and had so much MSG I had a migraine for two days. Old Peking in Oakton was recommended to us, but it was really forgettable food -- to the point that no one wanted to eat any of the leftovers we brought home, not even our voracious teenage son. Wu's Garden in Vienna was another big disappointment, with greasy bland food. Maybe I am spoiled by the fact that my father used to own a place in NYC's Chinatown? I miss having squab and Hong Kong egg tarts!

One of my Chinese coworkers gave me a list of suggestions: Fortune, which I have seen referred to here as good but overcrowded; and some that no one has mentioned. Any word on Hollywood East, Oriental East (both in MD) and China Garden in Arlington?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Way Too Broad ()
Date: January 22, 2011 02:14PM

Rambunctious Wrote:
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> There's a relatively famous place right off route
> 50 in Annandale (visited by U.S. Presidents and
> other dignitaries) that makes a great "Kung Pao
> Proper" dish.

I believe you're actually referring to the Peking Duck. It's actually in the Bailey's Crossroads area on Rt 7. It's not on Rt 50. The glass in the front of their restaurant is actually bullet proof glass - and, yes, previous Presidents have eaten there. Their lobby is filled with framed photos of previous "guests" of their restaurant.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Duck Chang ()
Date: January 22, 2011 05:34PM

Way Too Broad Wrote:
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> Rambunctious Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > There's a relatively famous place right off
> route
> > 50 in Annandale (visited by U.S. Presidents and
> > other dignitaries) that makes a great "Kung Pao
> > Proper" dish.
>
> I believe you're actually referring to the Peking
> Duck. It's actually in the Bailey's Crossroads
> area on Rt 7. It's not on Rt 50. The glass in
> the front of their restaurant is actually bullet
> proof glass - and, yes, previous Presidents have
> eaten there. Their lobby is filled with framed
> photos of previous "guests" of their restaurant.


Peking Gourmet Inn, not "Peking Duck", the name of one of their menu specialties, along with Szechuan Beef Proper (don't remember seeing Kung Pao Proper), and Garlic Sprouts with one of Chicken, Beef or Pork.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Whobe ()
Date: January 22, 2011 07:47PM

I thought that place sucked the couple times I ate there. Didn't a congressman or something own it? I think that's the only reason presidents would go there.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Duckeater ()
Date: January 22, 2011 08:16PM

It was formerly known as "The Inn of the Eight Immortals."

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Maclay ()
Date: January 22, 2011 09:10PM

Duckeater Wrote:
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> It was formerly known as "The Inn of the Eight
> Immortals."


Best Fortune is where The Inn of the Eight Immortals was.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Duck Chang ()
Date: January 22, 2011 10:41PM

At Peking Gourmet Inn, stick to the garlic sprout dishes and the Szechuan Beef Proper (and maybe the Peking Duck), and you will have delicious food unlike you can get elsewhere in NoVa.

No Congressman owns or owned it. The first President George Bush (and maybe Ronald Reagan) used to go there, followed by Colin Powell and may other high-ranking military officials, who jumped on the bandwagon.

I have been going there since before the bandwagon started dropping by.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: January 22, 2011 10:57PM

Another good one: TEMPTAsian Cafe, in the Grand Mart Shopping Plaza in Lincolnia (on 236 near 95). Just discovered this place a few days ago.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Way Too Broad ()
Date: January 22, 2011 11:02PM

Duck Chang Wrote:
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>
> Peking Gourmet Inn, not "Peking Duck", the name of
> one of their menu specialties, along with Szechuan
> Beef Proper (don't remember seeing Kung Pao
> Proper), and Garlic Sprouts with one of Chicken,
> Beef or Pork.

Thanks for the correction. I've been there a few times and enjoyed it. I used to work with a person who would go there monthly. I guess the name "Peking Duck" was referenced by him as the name, which is why I referred to it as such. I've had the Duck there - love the pancakes, plum sauce, duck & scallion. All wrapped up = yum !!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: MtVernonMom ()
Date: January 23, 2011 05:18PM

House of Dynasty, Hayfield Shopping Center, 7550 Telegraph Road, Alexandria VA
http://www.houseofdynasty.com/

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: herewegoagain ()
Date: January 23, 2011 05:40PM

Has anyone tried Duk Wo in Burke? I don't know how long it's been there, but it's fairly new.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Mu shu lover ()
Date: January 24, 2011 02:38PM

Speaking of Chinese, which places do NOT serve tortillas with mu shu pork/shrimp/veggies/etc.?

I hate getting tortillas with mu shu instead of the authentic thin Chinese pancakes!! If I wanted tortillas, I would have ordered Mexican!!

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Bob in Southeast Loudoun ()
Date: January 24, 2011 03:30PM

Spacy Wrote:
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> Another good one: TEMPTAsian Cafe, in the Grand
> Mart Shopping Plaza in Lincolnia (on 236 near 95).
> Just discovered this place a few days ago.

Temptasian Cafe was one of Peter Chang's stops. Supposedly he did a great job training the kitchen staff how to make his dishes.

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: Help, I want real Chinese food! ()
Date: January 24, 2011 05:14PM

Any good places near 29 and 50?

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Re: Where's the best Chinese food in Fairfax County?
Posted by: authority ()
Date: January 24, 2011 05:35PM

Hands down the winrars of the Chinese food battle of Fairfax County:

1. China King (Clocktower is pref, but Fairfax is acceptable)
2. Peking Express in Vienna
3. Peking Gourmet Inn in Culmore for the Peking Duck alone

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