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East Dumpling House, Forty Kinds of Dumplings and Kabobs at 12. N. Washington Street in Downtown Rockville

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Did a quick run through here for lunch yesterday. They've just opened, so not everything is available, and there's still a bit of chaos in the place.

No website yet, but photos of the menu here. Note: this is the location where Lola, the Argentinian cafe used to be. Same shopping plaza as Pita Hut. Parking is limited, and the put up a gate like the RTC across the street (my guess is people were trying to park there and walk across the street.) Two hours free with validation.

I had the lunch special with "pork and shrimp" dumplings. Similar in style to China Bistro, but the wrappers were thicker and more doughy. Also, the filling was ground much finer and more dense - it was almost a meatball in the wrapper. Also, for the "cold side" they tried to push a green salad, but I pushed back and they relented with what I think was the chinese-style potato salad, which is shredded potatoes and carrots in vinegar. Tasty, but a strong advantage to China Bistro at the moment.

The menu is very extensive for dumplings - almost 40 different stuffings. Also "kabobs" - will have to check that out in the future.

Drinks are either bubble tea or sodas from the cooler - they didn't even have hot tea when I was there.

Worth keeping an eye on, but nothing compelling yet.

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there's still a bit of chaos in the place.

Chaos best describes a Friday evening meal here.

They have seats for about 27 in a space that holds about 20. I wasn't able to move my chair back; i had to slide out sideways to get up from the table. You order at a counter, pay (including tip) then sit and wait for the food to come to the table. My table of 4 was given 4 soy bowls, 3 forks, two chopsticks. The food came out randomly with my bubble tea coming after a few dishes came and went.

The dumplings are a good deal on a price/ounce basis - 12 dumplings, two bites each for $7.95 +/-. I can't really comment on the quality, they seemed OK to me but a little more doughy than others I've enjoyed. Sauces for all dumplings are soy and a chili-pepper flake paste.

These are the kinds of things that should get better with time, and part of their issue is their popularity (at least as we saw it, with people waiting for tables.) Chaos was the theme - it reminded me of eating in a pizza place on a summer Saturday night on the boardwalk - the staff is scrambling and doing their best. I'd think that take-out might be the better choice, however I saw a guy come in when I did to pick up an order he called in. He left about the same time we wrapped up our sit-down meal, roughly 30 minutes later.

I'd like to try them at a less busy period.

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BTW - I think there's some connection to "China Bistro" at 755 hungerford drive. Is this an outpost? Has China Bistro closed? I'd swear the plates said China Bistro.

Does this have anything to do with Bob's noodles and that bit of confusion?

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BTW - I think there's some connection to "China Bistro" at 755 hungerford drive. Is this an outpost? Has China Bistro closed? I'd swear the plates said China Bistro.

Does this have anything to do with Bob's noodles and that bit of confusion?

China Bistro and Bob's (x2) are open and doing well, and unconnected to this place. Completely different regions of China.

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China Bistro and Bob's (x2) are open and doing well, and unconnected to this place. Completely different regions of China.

OK, thanks. Maybe I didn't see "China Bistro" on the plates at East Dumpling House. Have you been back recently?

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No, but word from friends is that the dumplings remain forgettable, but any of the dishes with the homemade tofu are worth getting.

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First time here yesterday for carryout. We tried the steamed chicken "double mushroom" and the egg/chive dumplings (apparently boiled) and the lamb/chicken skewer combo with lo mein.  The dumplings are definitely a thicker variety - doughier and less delicate than other types of steamed asian dumplings.  (They also will fry them for 50 cents extra if that is your thing, but I never really like fried dumplings). That being said I really liked the egg/chive dumplings - very fresh and flavorful.  However, the chicken mushroom (not sure what the double meant) were bland, bland, bland.  The dumpling come with generic soy sauce and some chili oil.  They would probably better with some homemade dipping sauce which I might do tonight with the leftovers.

The kabobs were kind of disappointing - the combo came with 4 kabobs (2 lamb and 2 chicken) and you have a choice of side starch (french fries, white rice, fried rice or lo mein noodles) and we opted for lo mein.  The lamb which I had read was traditional to this Chinese region's cuisine (I think a northern one, but am unsure) were cooked well done and very very small chunks so generally pretty dried out meat. The chicken was fatter chunks but as with many white meat chicken skewers it was also dried out. However they smelled great - they put a heavy coating of chili spice and cumin on them. The bright spot was that the lo mein mixed with some bok choy and scallion pieces and rubbed off kabob spices was excellent - one of the better lo mein's I've had.

I probably won't be back - but I'm almost never in this part of town anymore anyways. But that is the fun of adventures in eating - nice to learn about these lesser-known places in less trafficed areas (this is in an older shopping center 2 blocks or so from the Rockville Town Center) and you never know when you will hit food-phoria.

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I went months ago and never thought to post.  Dumplings were forgettable, but we found the kabobs to be very good.  The lamb was especially good.  I recall it being a bit spicy, but on our visit it wasn't dry.  Same platter mentioned above with 2 lamb and 2 chicken on a huge bed of fried rice. 

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I went months ago and never thought to post.  Dumplings were forgettable, but we found the kabobs to be very good.  The lamb was especially good.  I recall it being a bit spicy, but on our visit it wasn't dry.  Same platter mentioned above with 2 lamb and 2 chicken on a huge bed of fried rice. 

The stuff to order here is anything with the (homemade) tofu.

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