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Lucky 3 dimsum in Falls Church

chowser | Jan 2, 2007 06:50 PM

I had to try this place because $9.95 for great dimsum buffet sounded too good to be true... You get a lot of food for $9.95 and a good variety but it's not great food. The high points might be the shrimp stuffed mushrooms or the har gow which is no different from any generic har gow but at least it wasn't terrible. There was a hot table--standard fried rice, lo mein, chow fun, green beans, chinese broccoli, stuffed mushrooms, fried tofu, among others, typical chinese buffet food. The lo bok gaw (turnip cakes) were okay, a little too fried; they disappeared quickly. There were the steel servers, typical of regular dimsum, w/ har gow, shu mai, char su bao, sticky rice. Har gow and shu mai were okay, the char su bao was gummy (stringy, like when I pulled it apart, the insides stretched a good 4") and the sticky rice tasted like chinese 5 spice. There was a fried table, too--where else can you get both french fries and fried fish head? Nothing caught my eye there, eggrolls, chicken terriyaki skewers, fried wontons maybe, can't remember. The desserts were various forms of bao, the custard center of the bolo bao was not fully cooked. The coconut bao was better. There was also a table of vietnamese spring rolls but didn't catch my eye either. Overall, it's a lot of food for the price; this is more about quantity than quality. The table next to us seemed to concentrate only on the crab and shrimp which disappears quickly so you have to be ready to pounce. I'd definitely bring kids because there is plenty for nonadventurous eaters from french fries and chicken terriyaki skewers to dumplings (doughy) to assorted desserts. For my money, I'd rather pay more and go to Mark's Duck House.

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