Peking Village, 2962 Gallows Road, between 50 and 29, Falls Church, VA, 703-698-9220 [City Paper | Don Rockwell | openlist | Citysearch | Gayot]
Two restaurants in one, a grisly fried Chinese buffet and a real Szechuan menu with absolutely no concessions to Western taste. The latter is worth trying. Not up to Joe’s Noodle House or China Star, but a truly authentic restaurant where you don’t expect to find such a place. They don’t hold back on the bodily organs and slime, etc., but you can get other things too. But keep in mind: the Chinese often eat for texture, not taste.
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Go there for weekend northern Chinese brunch. It’s not dim sum and I don’t think they even have an English menu but it’s worthy of exploration for adventurous eaters. BTW, nothing slimey unless you think soy milk is slimey.
Have been visiting this restaurant of late, and finding the quality actually VERY GOOD on a number of dishes:
-Harmon (Xiamen) Style Rice Noodle
-Fried Dumpling (Potsticker)
-Vegetable Tofu Soup (Bok Choy and Tofu, actually quite tasty)
All the above, and a number of other dishes, are quite inexpensive.
Do make sure to AVOID the steamed codfish. They charged us around $23 for it…the “market price”…and it wasn’t even that great. You’d do MUCH tastier, with bigger quantity, for less money, with the steamed flounder at China Star in Fairfax.
Posted March 24, 2009
When asking for the fried dumpling (potsticker), if you ask for “Potsticker” or “Fried Dumpling” in English, you get a different item than what I recommended above.
Instead, to get the REALLY GOOD version of the fried dumpling (instead of the kind Americans are familiar with, and which isn’t as tasty), you need to ask for it in the Mandarin Chinese name for it, which is “Guo Tie”.
Pronounce this something along the lines of “Gwah Tee-yeh” or they may misunderstand you.
Believe me, there’s a world of difference between the one dumpling version versus the other.
Unfortunately, this restaurant closed in late 2009.
The dining area was shabby and one sometimes wondered about the level of cleanliness, but the quality of the food was top-notch if you had spent time in China and were hankering for authentic taste.
RIP Peking Village. I’ll especially miss your authentic guotie (potstickers).