100 Degree Chinese Cuisine

There is now a real Hunan restaurant in Fairfax, near Fair Oaks Mall, menu here, their web site is here, 3903 Fair Ridge Drive, Unit H, in the mall with the Harris Teeter.  It attracts an almost exclusively Chinese clientele and, to my untrained eye, some of them seem to be the Uighur group which hangs out in Fairfax but does not (yet?) have a restaurant of its own.

This place is not cooking at the exalted level of Sichuan Pavilion in Rockville, but it is competitive with the other semi-authentic Chinese places in this region.  I sampled five dishes and all were very good.  I have yet to figure out the optimal dishes to order but I may post more when I do so.  Recommended to anyone with an interest in real Chinese food.

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Seems like dining guide material. Did you write to the wrong blog?

"real" as in heavy smoking and a lot of spitting?

How does this place compare to A&J, my favorite Chinese anywhere?

A hint that it might be Uighur is if it serves halal meat only, no pork, and the owner and chef disappear at 1:00 on Friday afternoons.

Given that this place serves "Pig blood and leeks in clay pot," I'm guessing that the chef is not Muslim.

Surely they can come up with a more poetic name for a dish than "Chicken Guts with Bean Strand." Something like "Rosebuds on Fallen Leaves." I guess the waiter is still going to have to ask, though, "how would you like your guts prepared, sir?"

And really, "Fish Head and Pork Tripe Soup"? I'm a reasonably adventurous eater, but presumably this dish was invented by some truly destitute eaters.

Calling them "rosebuds" would be even more unappetizing: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rosebud

My favorite name for a dish is still "The taste pulls the skin" in a restaurant in Ulaanbaatar. Was good though.

I think names like these add to the ethnic cuisine experience. They also signal authenticity.

perhaps the dish will sound appetizing or poetic if the name is translated into French, or at least if it is French sounding. And I too wondered if Tyler sent this item to a wrong blog

Have you tried Grace Garden in Odenton yet?

Zagat gives it a 28 for food and a 9 (iirc) for decor....

I remain skeptical about any restaurant, Chinese or otherwise, that has a menu this large and diverse. No kitchen can be competent at that variety, and good luck with the supply chain management also. Old, bad ingredients never make good cuisine.

Dredge everything in tons of spices, toss in some basil, throw it in a stew pot, and serve molto caldo over bean noodles. Tyler Cowen will love it.

[A joke. I'm sure Tyler has a discriminating palate.]

I've been meaning to try this place and there was recently a deal for it on one of the group coupon sites...should have just bought it.. oh well.

I'll second Grace Garden. A Chinese friend arranged a special meal that the chef started preparing three days before our reservation (15 people). Wonderful food just kept coming out of the kitchen -- only had Chinese names for the dishes, so may not be able to reorder.

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