These are a few of our absolute favourite Chinese language eating places round DC proper now, all open for in-person eating (until in any other case famous), takeout, and/or supply on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You will additionally discover some choices for outside Christmas meals as temperatures are forecast to remain nicely above 60 levels. Merry Jewish Christmas!

Bob’s Shanghai Soup Dumplings. Photograph by Scott Suchman

a and j
4316 Markham St., Annandale, 703-813-8181; 1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-251-7878
These dim sum houses have a giant, loyal following—sure, it is a good suggestion to plan forward and go early (now you can go for on-line carryout and order, too). We like to feast on Spicy Wontons, Dan-Dan Noodles, Beef Rolls, Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Spicy Beef Soup. Except you under-order, it is exhausting to go fallacious.

Bob’s Shanghai 66
305 N. Washington St., Rockville; 301-251-6652
This longtime restaurant is thought for its ultra-flavorful soup dumplings—greatest loved within the spacious eating room. The guidelines menu of over 100 Cantonese, Szechuan, and Taiwanese small plates could be intimidating to navigate, however you will really feel like a professional ordering the fragrant cumin lamb and spicy fried tofu. Order supply right here by means of GrubHub (for takeout, the restaurant is normally cashless). Notice that depart orders assume a 60-90 minute wait.

china wok
8395 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703-893-4488
Take note of the Chinese language menu at this strip mall spot close to Tysons Nook—that is the place you will discover the signature Peking duck, crunchy “Kingdom” pork chops, and Hong Kong shrimp with inexperienced peppers, and phoenix fish. We prefer to kick issues off with a spherical of pork dumplings wrapped in do-it-yourself dough. The Eating Room is open, or you may order supply and pickup on-line right here.

China DC and Bethesda’s Metropolis Lights
1731 Connecticut Ave.. NW; 4953 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda
Town could have tempting Peking duck recreation, however the fowl—half or entire—in longtime DuPont & Bethesda restaurant is a sleeper hit. Different scrumptious objects embrace do-it-yourself dumplings, any crispy hen dish, Shanghai Noodles, Moo Shu and Beef with Broccoli. Each are open for takeout and supply solely on lately—together with holidays.

Scrumptious Dim Sum at A&Gin Rockville. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Dolan Uighur
3518 Connecticut Avenue, NW; 202-686-3941
Noodles will doubtless have you ever hooked on Uighur delicacies, the crossroads of the Center Jap and Chinese language flavors of China’s Muslim minority. chew hand drawn lagman Noodles with stir-fried beef and greens are the signature attraction on this Cleveland Park eating room, whereas extensive ribbons star in “huge plate hen” smothered in spicy gravy with potatoes and peppers. Dine-in or order on-line right here, in addition to third-party platforms.

fahrenheit asian
1313 Dolly Madison Blvd., McLean; 703-646-8968
The proper antidote to a winter’s day: one of many effervescent pancakes on this soup and noodle home. Order signature sizzling pots like thin-skinned lamb and clams or marinated beef, all of which come over a fiery burner with home dipping sauces. We’re additionally a fan of sear ma po tofu. Do not depart with out ordering the do-it-yourself pork dumplings. Notice: The eating space is small, though there’s seating exterior (relying on the season). You may order on-line right here.

full key
2227 College Blvd. W., Wheaton; 301-933-8388
It is tempting to stay to an inventory of confirmed hits—say, the well-known shrimp-dumpling soup—however this Hong Kong-style eatery is the form of place you may order with abandon. Different scrumptious choices embrace the pan-fried fish with ginger-scallion sauce, or the barbecue platter with roasted duck, pork, and soy sauce hen. View menu right here.

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Peking Duck on Cue by Peter Chang. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Nice Wall Sichuan Home
1527 14th St, NW; 202-797-8888
Heat up with Fiery on Christmas Day deliver me Menu from Could Kuang and Yuan Chen’s takeout spot on 14th Avenue. The spicy wontons, ma po tofu in a searing gravy, and ma la pork chops are all winners. Cannot stand the warmth? The various menu additionally contains objects for the tamer palate comparable to Basic Tso’s hen, Singapore rice noodles and Peking duck. Dine-in, takeout and supply accessible from DoorDash and Uber Eats.

gourmand inspiration
2646 College Blvd. W., Wheaton; 301-929-8818
This dim sum corridor has moved into a brand new carryout mode within the pandemic – though they’re now providing restricted dine-in service on weekends, that means you may go for Christmas Day. The filling is simple on shrimp rice-noodle rolls, chive dumplings, spare ribs and taro truffles, however you may also strive the tender braised beef tripe or candy custard-like tofu. If you happen to go in particular person, get there early (open at 10:30 a.m.) or put together to attend. You may order on-line right here.

holy sq.
1331 Lamberton Dr., Silver Spring; 301-649-5466
Christmas is just like the Tremendous Bowl for this glitzy kosher-Chinese language restaurant, the one restaurant of its type within the space. They’re at present taking advance takeout and supply orders for “huge occasions” on Christmas Eve and the day. The classics are all right here: egg rolls, lo mein, kung pao, moo shu, and extra. Order on-line right here for pickup, whereas supply to particular neighborhoods is obtainable.

Mark’s Duck Home
6184-A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church; 703-532-2125
This storefront stays a standard-bearer of Hong Kong-style cooking, from Peking Duck to Lacquered Roast Pie. Do not miss the shrimp-and-pork wontons, fantastically stir-fried greens with vinegar and chili sauce, and steaming noodle soup. Along with takeout, search for supply by means of GrubHub and dine-in.

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A takeout unfold from Panda Gourmand. Photograph by Scott Suchman

panda gourmand and xi’an gourmand
2700 New York Avenue, NE; 202-534-1620; 316 N Washington St., Rockville; 240-660-2985
Szechuan warmth seekers have flocked to the DC flagship in addition to the brand new sister restaurant Xi’an Gourmand in Rockville. Begin the meal with noodles – we love dan dan and chilly spicy noodles – earlier than transferring on to bigger parts of fish with silky tofu and chili, ma po tofu and kung pao hen. Order from Panda Gourmand right here, and Xi’an Gourmand right here (each are additionally open for indoor eating).

Peking Gourmand Inn
6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 703-671-8088
We love feasting on duck from restaurateur Eddie Tsui at this 42-year-old establishment, which has attracted a spectrum of celeb friends from Bush to Ovechkin. The small print make this fowl stand out: do-it-yourself hoisin and contemporary pancakes, native scallions, and servers who expertly minimize up the moist meat and tough pores and skin. Full the festive meal with stellar plates like shrimp with garlic sprouts.

Peter Chang, Mama Chang, Peter Chang. by Q
Arlington, Rockville, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, and Bethesda. location in
In his eponymous chain of Szechuan eating places, Chef Peter Chang makes a speciality of ethereal scallion bubble pancakes, numbing stoneware dishes, and drizzling dry-fried eggplant in chili. Mama Chang, a family-run affair, pays tribute to the feminine cooks in her household with home-cooked dishes and great seasonal specials. Q by Peter Chang, their fine-dining Bethesda restaurant, is a should for Peking duck and dim sum. All are open to eat and go on Christmas Eve and the day.

Mama Chang. Photograph by Ray Lopez.

queen’s english
3410 eleventh St, NW
Husband-and-wife homeowners Chef Henji Cheung and Sarah Thompson are behind this trendy Columbia Heights spot, which now presents three types of seating: eating room, chef’s counter, and heated/coated patio that is additionally dog-friendly . Reservations for Christmas Eve and the day can be found to all at Reci. The a la carte menu has loads of splurges – dry-aged steak tartare, caviar service with scallion pancakes, foie gras-chicken dumplings, and plenty of scrumptious pure wines and cocktails.

shanghai taste
1121 Nelson St., Rockville; 301-279-0806
The ultra-light soup dumplings are particular on this bustling cafe. On weekends, the place serves a scrumptious pan-fried model. Full the meal with a salad of mustard greens and edamame, in addition to salt-baked ribs with noodle soup. Name for dine-in or takeout.

tiger fork
922 Blagden Alley, NW; 202-733-1152
Shaw Hotspot is providing a takeout set menu for 2 (or extra) on Christmas Day, which incorporates chef Jong Son’s standouts comparable to smoked cucumber salad, seafood-fried rice, pan-fried noodles, a Hong Kong-style barbecue plates, and extra ($75 per package deal, order by means of Tock). On Christmas Eve, the identical menu is obtainable for dine-in solely (reservations by means of Resy).

Henan-style hand drawn noodles with Uncle Liu’s lamb. Photograph by Scott Suchman

uncle liu
2972 Gallows Rd., Falls Church; 703-560-6868
Scorching Pot could also be named after this restaurant, however it’s not the primary attraction because the former homeowners of Tempt Asian in Alexandria took over. The most effective finds are concentrated underneath the “Chef Specialties” part of the menu – particularly, the handmade noodles, whether or not the cumin-scented varieties are stir-fried with lamb and peppers or the extensive, chili-oiled ones within the “city elder”. Have soaked ribbons. Plate Hen. They’re open for takeout and dine-in at Christmas.

Yunnan by Potomasi
814 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria
The informal southwestern Chinese language restaurant underwent a revamp throughout the pandemic, and now presents takeout and supply, together with indoor and patio backyard seating. Yunnan native and co-owner Zongmin Lee makes a speciality of mixian (gentle rice noodles) in addition to artistic dumplings (strive the garlic-butter crab) and bao buns crammed with crunchy pork stomach or fried hen. Dishes can be found for takeout and supply (see right here) and reservations for indoor and outside eating can be found at Open Desk.

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Anna Spiegel covers the foods and drinks scene in her native DC. Earlier than becoming a member of Washington in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute in New York and Columbia College’s MFA program, and held varied cooking and writing positions in NYC and St.





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