Unwrap the Orient
Merry Christmas from the DC on Heels food desk! We hope all of our readers are surrounded by kith and kin, opening presents and keeping warm in front of a burning yule log. While some have time honored menus for Dec. 25, others may have had their Christmas turkey eaten by the Bumpassess’ dogs or are just looking to leave the wrapping paper on the floor and get out of the house.
D.C. has a number of Chinese restaurants open to cater to the food needs of those venturing out on Christmas Day. Check out a few below and make sure to order your duck without the neck!
Mala Tang: This regal Liu Chaosheng establishment in Arlington was voted to Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2012 and is a sure fire place to go for the hot pot meal.
X.O. Taste: Find Cantonese crowd pleasers like roast duck, noodle soup, porridge and a hearty seafood menu at this Arlington spot.
China Express: If it’s carryout you’re after, this Tyson’s hole in the wall has some of the best General Tso’s chicken I’ve ever pinched with chopsticks, like candied chicken. Portions are big and prices low.
Eddie’s Cafe Chinese Cuisine: A lauded Chinese delivery service in Woodley Park, Eddie’s boasts first-rate Americanized Chinese food like Kung Pao chicken, cold sesame noodles and shrimp fried rice.
Chinatown: Make your own food selection traipsing around D.C.’s regional neighborhood turned thriving downtown. Chinese restaurants range from the upscale to rice-in-a-box and at the very least you know its authentic.
Richard is a freelance writer who enjoys building a healthy appetite with long runs around the city. When not logging the miles, he can be spotted training the palate at brunches, happy hours and food trucks.