Dim Sum at Mark’s Duck HouseJanuary 27, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Brunch, Travels | 8 Comments
My buddy Becca was in town last weekend before the Inauguration and we ventured to DC for a day and night to celebrate her sister Jes’ birthday! DC was definitely insane and there was a palpable energy in the air everywhere we went. These ladies are definitely cultured in the realm of Asian dining and could not stop saying how excited they were for Dim Sum on Sunday! I thought to myself -What the heck is Dim Sum?? Well my devoted readers all I need to say is that Dim Sum is AWESOME.
We trekked around the capital beltway to Falls Church and found ourselves in a non-descript shopping center. A Chinese friend of Jessica’s has family in the area and whenever they have large family gatherings they order out from Mark’s Duck House! That was all of the recommendation we needed to seek this place out!
Dim Sum is an assortment of light dishes served from breakfast until noon and always served with tea! So while we waited, which was not long (15 minutes, tops) we got to admire the gorgeous roasted fowl in the window.
Then we got our table and the insanity started! We got home some hot tea and prepared ourselves for the feast! First off was the shrimp and pork dumplings. This place is well known for their vast array of delicious dumplings. They were great- perfectly seasoned meat and the right proportion of noodle to filling!
Here is my favorite dish from the entire meal- the steamed roast pork bun. I have never tasted such an interesting and slightly sweet puffy roll dough as this. It was filled with pork that had the best mildly spicy and very savory sauce mixed with it.
This was the shrimp dumpling and I used a bit of the table hot sauce to flavor it up a bit. This one had a bit more noodle to it, which I am now realizing is not my taste, but the filling was great.
Oh yum, here comes the roast sucking pig with crispy skin! That crispy skin, soooo crispy- there is seriously nothing better! It was served with some pickled carrots and radishes(?). This also tasted great with the table hot sauce.
So in order to stay true to our healthy New Year’s resolutions (ha!) we got the chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. This was incredibly green and fresh tasting. You can never do better than fresh ingredients- they always shine amazingly in simple preparations!
Here was another delicious dumpling- a shrimp and garlic chives variety. I think this was my favorite dumpling because of the extra flavoring that the garlic, etc ingredients added in addition to the fresh shrimp.
Lastly, we had a bit of sweet to top of our awesome meal! This is a fried sesame ball. Chewy and delicately sweet, it was basically a puff ball of light dough filled with something, possibly candied ginger? yummmm…
All in all- this place was perfect. The service was very friendly and constantly attentive and the wait was not too long. But the shining star of course was the fresh and delicious food.