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Vinh Kee, Hong Kong-Style Cantonese Seafood Specialists (with Dim Sum) on Route 50 and Graham Road, Falls Church

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The Hersch said:
Have you tried Miu Kee, on Rt. 50 next to the IHOP? I wouldn't say it's better than Full Kee, but they serve up some very good food (but be sure to avoid the American-Chinese stuff--it's all on the same menu).

Today, after discovering that Myanmar was locked and dark (I'm 0 for 2 on my lunch attempts this week), I remembered this post and set out to find Miu Kee. I ended up at Vinh Kee, on Route 50 at Graham Rd. (same shopping center as Pho 75, but facing 50). We started with steamed dumplings, and although the dough was kind of tough, the dumplings were tasty. I had shrimp with Chinese broccoli and my husband had shrimp with spicy salt. Both were so good my husband is already talking about going back.

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I used to go here about once a week when I worked days. Always got the same thing, shrimp dumpling noodle soup with pig (not roast pork that is a different option) and roast duck. Personal nickname the barnyard special , as some times that what it smelled like, not sure maybe its the chinese 5 spice :rolleyes: . You can also customize the soup with extra noodles, and probably whatever else you would like. I cannot remember the exact price but believe soup is $6 and extras $2. I like Vinh Kee as it seems to be a family run operation and the service is always great, I cannot say that about other places like Miu Kee, Full Kee, Marks Duck House, anyplace in Eden Center, were the service can vary from overbearing to well I am not sure what to classify the other extreme.

The portion is a little larger (bigger bowl) than the other kees and places that serve this soup. Other places that will add duck etc, to soup do not have the variety of toppings avail that Vinh Kee has. Sometimes there can be someone smoking up front but if you sit far back in the big dining room it will not bother you. Place is kid friendly, except for the smoke.

A funny side note , one time we walked in and could see into the kitchen, a cook noticed, he quickly ran up and slid a little door shut. Not sure what that means and probably would rather not think about it. Overall recommend this kee if you are in the mood for the some chinese. There is a jumbo shrimp with chinese vegetable dish that is great also (may not be on the menu)

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Haven't been to Vinh Kee is awhile so I looked up their menu

Noticed this:

124. Dungeness Crab - Lobster In Malaysian Style

125. Chinese Watercress In Malaysian Style

Could this be the chili crab that I really want to try and can't find anywhere within driving distance?

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Could this be the chili crab that I really want to try and can't find anywhere within driving distance?

Assuming you are referring to crab chopped into pieces and stir-fried in chili sauce (the way they do it on Old Kelang Rd in KL) -- I certainly hope it is and will go tonight to ascertain. Will advise.

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Assuming you are referring to crab chopped into pieces and stir-fried in chili sauce (the way they do it on Old Kelang Rd in KL) -- I certainly hope it is and will go tonight to ascertain. Will advise.

I went by for lunch today and tried their special - cuttlefish with chives flowers in Malaysian sauce. Of course I don't know if this is the sauce for the chili crab since I've never been to KL or Singapore but it's a tasty sauce (closest comparison for me would be to sate or XO sauce). I also had a plate of veggie pan-fried noodles. This restaurant is beat-up but the cooking today is pretty good. I didn't want to spend the money on an entire crab not knowing if it was any good. Let me know how it goes.

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Went last night -- no crabs. So, instead we ordered some of the pea shoots with the promised Malaysian style sauce. Close but not red enough (meaning not primarily chili sauce -- but still had some kick) and also not sweet. For the pea shoots the lack of sweetness was appropriate, but for crabs or other seafood would want to see some mo' sugar. I pointed out to the owner that in Malaysia the crabs are basically the Pacific version of our blue claw -- not big dungeness crabs. She said that her customers complained that the blue claws -- being smaller and requiring more dismantling to get to their meat -- were too messy. I said, the whole point of eating crabs was to be messy :(

Good idea to call ahead and see what's available.

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Went last night -- no crabs. So, instead we ordered some of the pea shoots with the promised Malaysian style sauce. Close but not red enough (meaning not primarily chili sauce -- but still had some kick) and also not sweet. For the pea shoots the lack of sweetness was appropriate, but for crabs or other seafood would want to see some mo' sugar. I pointed out to the owner that in Malaysia the crabs are basically the Pacific version of our blue claw -- not big dungeness crabs. She said that her customers complained that the blue claws -- being smaller and requiring more dismantling to get to their meat -- were too messy. I said, the whole point of eating crabs was to be messy :(

Good idea to call ahead and see what's available.

Thanks for giving that a try. Were the greens more in the style of kankong belancan, stir-fried with the funky shrimp paste and hot chilis?

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She said that her customers complained that the blue claws -- being smaller and requiring more dismantling to get to their meat -- were too messy. I said, the whole point of eating crabs was to be messy :(

I'm in her camp on that issue - maybe that's just us fastidious Chinese folks. :)

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Tim Carman had Vinh Kee at #9 on his list of top 10 bargain joints in the burbs.

I had their dim sum when they first started but it wasn't anything special so I was skeptical.  But a few weeks ago we went and validated the actual goodness of their dim sum.

This is the best dim sum joint in NoVa to my knowledge, in terms of quality and variety.  The star was the XO turnip cake.

The turnip cake was cut into cubes, deep fried, and then topped with minced meat in XO sauce.  It came out really hot...so wait awhile for it to cool down.  It was a substantial portion...we ate some before snapping the photo.

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Damn those turnip cakes look good. We got dim sum at HKP a few days ago with some NYC relatives and the big flop of the meal was the turnip cakes. These look like another creature entirely.

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35 minutes ago, Bob Wells said:

Damn those turnip cakes look good. We got dim sum at HKP a few days ago with some NYC relatives and the big flop of the meal was the turnip cakes. These look like another creature entirely.

I went to Vinh Kee over the weekend and they are indeed very good! 

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