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Silk Road, Brand New Uyghur in Falls Church

Steve | Sep 10, 2017 11:02 AM

SInce this place is so close to me, I felt compelled to try it out on just their second day of being open. It is formally a Chinese-American carry-out, and the new owners have put in a table for eight = could be nine or even ten in a tight, tight squeeze, though you might have to bring your own folding chairs at that point.

It is a small Uyghur menu plus they still do Chinese-American classics to sustain their business. Among the CA suff is a dish called Cleopatra's Chicken, that's a new one on me!

There are three kinds of fried wheat noodles plus one rice noodle dish. One of them is chopped fired noodles (aka ding ding). Aside from length of noodle, I can't tell you what the difference is between the noodle dishes,. I only tried the Toksun noodles, which the proprietor said were long noodles. I also ordered a Uyghur salad and some naan.

This was the best noodle dish I've had in the area. Certainly much bette than Dolan, and even better than Queen Amannisa which I like a lot. But just to warn you, Uyghur food is very simple, so eating it hot and fresh is key. The noodles well survived the 3-minute ride home. The salad was very thinly sliced onion, green peppers, and some tomato. Very simple, and a classic Uyghur accompaniment.

The naan was a ring bread, the kind that is meant to handle a hot dish ladled into the middle. It was not cooked fresh for me, and had some cold and warm spots. It is very good reheated.

That's all I tried, but I am super-excited to go back. Other possibilities on the menu are lamb polo, saute spicy chicken (aka Big Plate Chicken - though no mention of the actual translation on the menu), Chili paper chicken (I think they mean pepper), Spicy Lamb Hoof, braised meat balls, shredded tripe, kabobs, and a few vegetable dishes like bean curd, sour potatoes, eggplant in garlic sauce, Kashgar bean jelly, and string beans.

Queen Amannisa,
Dolan Uyghur Restaurant
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