So I need a little help with finding a good place to start my foray into Chinese food and also what to order. When I was young I would get quite sick when I ate a lot of "Chinese" food and mainly stuck to wonton soup when my parents decided to go out to our local establishment, but that was in quite a small town, and I want to try it again. It can't be msg since I eat other products that has MSG and I have eaten at places with no msg and have still gotten sick and that tends to be a myth. I think there must be some other ingredient or preservative that does it. But I don't want to rule out a whole cuisine after a few bad apples.
I would like a place that isn't very americanized, as a lot of the sticky sweet americanized things were what I used to get sick off of. And if you could recommend a place and some dishes to try at those places I would be really appreciative. And I know a lot of the good places are in Rockville, and Montgomery County, but I just don't really get up there all that often, so if you could start me off in DC or NOVA I would be even more appreciative.
Some things I like: I really like Pho, I tend to get the veggie because the meat isn't the big draw for me, I like the broth, noodle, veg and spice. I like stir frys, and pho-esq noodle concotions I make at home. I really like spicy things. And I really like a lot of Thai food. I tend to like things that are not sweet, that are either spicy or savory. I really enjoy my veggies, and when I eat Thai I tend to stray away from the fried with lots of sauce and go more for curry or noodle or with veggie dishes. I can eat Peking Duck and tend to like that. I thought about starting out with Dim Sum, so I could kind of look and choose, and thought Mark's Duck House might be a good place to start, does anyone have favorite things I should try there?
Thank you in advance for all your help, I really want to try and find a good place with things I like.