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Shanghai Taste, Rockville, 12/12 - report


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Shanghai Taste, Rockville, 12/12 - report

beetlebug | Dec 25, 2012 02:40 PM

This is is newish place in Rockville. I've passed by this mini mall as I go up I270 north towards the rio theatre. It's that little strip mall and there is that green sign that says Woodley something.

Anyhow, brief cautionary tips. This place is teeny and a bit chilly with the door opening and closing. I was slightly chilled throughout the meal. Also, the menu looks awful. Standard American Chinese stuff. But, there is a Chinese only sheet on the table and Chinese specials on the white board near the register.

Excellent items - snow cabbage and fish soup, beef noodle soup, shanghai fried noodles, fried pumpkin bread stuffed with red bean paste, wontons in red chile oil (hong you chau shou). The fish soup was amazing. Small chunks of fish and with egg white beaten into the broth itself. Incredibly flavorful. Same with the beef noodle soup, tender pieces of beer and delicious broth. Hong you chau shou were also just perfect. The fried pumpkin bread was an unusual offering. If you want it, order it when you are finished with your other dishes bc it seems more like dessert to me.

Pretty good items - soup dumplings. These were probably better then other places in the area but a bit over steamed.

Items that are ok but much better elsewhere - pickled cabbage (too sweet and too vinegary), tofu with 1000 year old egg.

Hints: if you pay in cash, I think you get 5% off your bill. Also, if the bill is more then $30 or $35 then you get a free steamed cold chicken dish to go. Lastly, there is a speed trap on Nelson Road as you go up or down the hill. I think it's a moveable camera so follow the speed limit.

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