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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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On 3/14/2019 at 1:28 PM, TheMatt said:

It depends on the time. If you get there near opening (11:30 or so) you are usually fine, but if Vinh Kee, Pho 75, and Banh Mi DC are all hopping, the parking lot can get full fast!

Oh, and I too might be there Sunday for some dim sum. :)

 I’m here now (11:25 am Sunday) and the place is only 1/3 full and there’s plenty of parking.    Just an FYI. 

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We went on Sunday at noon and all found parking without trouble (though the lot was moderately full near the restaurant, there were spaces, and there was plenty of room elsewhere in the lot). It's our new favorite dim sum place. More details later.

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Say hi next time!

I posted something in the Tony Cheng's thread about this place not being much different than any other dim sum place, but I have to amend that comment.  Many of the dishes were similar to Fortune (RIP) or Hong Kong Pearl of Sampan Café.  I'm talking about things like shrimp dumplings/har gow or shu mai or crepes.  Those dishes were fine here, but equal to other places.  They did have a couple interesting, and new-to-me dishes that I really liked and would return for. 

One was a shrimp and scallop dumpling, which had some nice flavors and textures that were interesting and elevated it.  The other was this "breaded" shrimp thing (see pic).  There was some sort of sauce or other component inside the crusty breading that really made the dish more interesting and flavorful than just shrimp in a crunchy shell.

The one down side about the place is that half the dishes come out on the typical steamer cart, in the little metal tins, but the other half of the dishes are just on plates on cart so they don't hold their heat well at all.  The order of crepes we had was barely warmer than room temperature.

 

 

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It normally would be taro root in that type of fried dish

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We went again last month with our big group (four families) and everyone agreed that their dim sum is very strong and one of the best places we've been locally.  (I also recommended it to my mom who went with a group of her friends earlier this year and they all liked it.)

Really liked the shrimp and scallop dumpling mentioned above.  Regular turnip cakes very good, and special turnip cakes cut into cubes with XO sauce were great.  Excellent variety, the carts kept coming and coming.  We had the usual har gow, shrimp in rice crepe, steamed buns (pork ones, chicken ones, and another I can't remember), chive dumplings, and Chinese broccoli.  We had other things I can't recall but we were very happy with everything. Finished with pineapple buns, regular sesame balls, and black sesame balls which I haven't had elsewhere and which were terrific. (Did not get the 2 pandan desserts which we had gotten last time and others weren't big fans of - not a quality issue, just weren't as fond of the flavors as of the other desserts.)

Definitely will be going back!

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Try the tofu skin wrapped rolls. Pan fired, amazing. Turnip cake in XO sauce is amazing.  

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