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Chinatown Express

Ellen | Mar 17, 2003 01:21 PM

Stopped in for truly disappointing meal at the place on 6th street where the noodles are made by hand in the window. I really wanted to like this place because there used to be a similar fresh noodle restaurant in Rockville on Viers Mill Road that was quite wonderful.

Unfortunately, three out of the five dishes we ordered failed. We got the steamed seafood dumplings made with the fresh dough, which were mealy, barely cooked, tasteless morsels that between the 3 of us didn't finish ten of them. These were served to us on a plate rather than in a metal steamer pot, which everyone else seemed to be getting, so we may have missed something worthwhile.

You can order the fresh noodles two ways: in soup or fried with various accompaniments. We ordered a noodle vegetable soup. While the noodles and vegetables were fresh and plentiful, the soup was little more than water -- not even salty water! Zero flavor. We also ordered a dish of the fried noodles with chicken. What we got were the fresh noodles in a somewhat greasy saucy with a few small bits of chicken. Not too bad but not recommended. One saving grace was the dish of steamed snow pea shoots in garlic,which were good and fresh. But at $10 for a small plate of them, they'd better be. We ended up taking the noodles from the soup, mixing them with the greens and adding chili paste and soy sauce because we didn't want to waste the fresh noodles. The best thing we had was the roast pork, it was terrific, hands down over Full Kee's. There may be other gems on the menu, but we only found two of them. The irony is that neither of them were associated with fresh noodles we went in for.

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