Three Chowhounds gathered for an impormptu lunch at this new place which is theoretically an oupost of a taiwanese chain, famed for their dumplings. It has no new signage, just the old sign for Bob's 66. It's at 305 N. Washington Ave in Rockville.
First caveat: No matter how much you love dumplings, wait at least a month to go here as the chefs (from the NY Branch) are not here yet. They are not yet serving crab or crab/pork mixture, they are not serving tang bao (large soup dumplings) , nor are they serving shengjian bao (soup and pork, fried on the bottom).
What we were served was above average. In the case of the xiao long bao, the broth inside was far more delicious than what I am accustomed to here. But four of the twelve we ordered had lost their soup before we opened the baskets, they are too large to be xiao (little) long bao, and the wrapper is nothing special.
The only xlb in the area which are 'correct' are at A & J, though the broth is not as good and their wrapper breaks too easily when you try to pick them up.
We had two other dumplings: fish dumplings and chef's special pan fried dumplings. Both above average, but still not worth a special trip.
A bowl of beef noodles with long pepper was supposed to be dry-fried, but came half-submerged in liquid and seem bolied. None of the noodles on the menu are handmade, and they are only ok. Flavor of this dish was weak.
We also had a plate of mustard greens with beans and tofu, served icebox cold, which was ok.
I'll go back when they are serving the full menu like at the Queens branch.
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