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Authentic Chinese food was on the menu this past weekend and we've heard through the grape vine that the money green colored restaurant on the corner of 6th and H was the spot to taste for some authentic Chinese, so of course we had to try it out! Entering the restaurant you can see an outside view of hanging ducks through the window and a few chefs cooking away boldly adding to the "authentic" aesthetic of the restaurant; reminding you of bustling foreign city streets where fresh produce and meats greet you on market sidewalks.
Promptly greeted by a few steps, a hostess and two big fish tanks that added to the initial aroma of this quaint and scruffy hole in the wall, our seating met us at the rear of the restaurant in an additional dining area; more intimate than what you initially walk into at Chinatown Express.
Service was very friendly, but a little overly attentive as the server stood over the table until the order was placed. On our menu for the night was complimentary green tea, spring rolls and sesame beef. The beef was neither tender or juicy and was overly cooked and dry. Chewing was a task because of the beef being a little too stiff and hard, but the flavor was just as beautiful as it looked on the plate with savory flavors.
Biting into the spring rolls were nice and flaky as one would wish for. The filling though! We all look forward to the inside of that spring roll where heaven meets your mouth with all the lovely chopped vegetables, your selection of meat and its unique flavors. The vision however of this dreamy bite of satisfaction did not live up to expectation. After the bite the content of the spring rolls were dried up and what it felt like days old from its lack of freshness. Needless to say, the green tea held up its end of the bargain.
We are all for giving second chances and aren't totally against going back due to such friendly staff. However, if you are ever around 6th St. in ChinaTown DC go for trying their hand-made noodles and dumplings made in-house. Their noodle soup with roasted duck may also be an option which was Washingtonians 2013 must try dish. The Washington post's 2017 article also appointed ChinaTown Express as one of the spots to hit up for the most delicious dumplings. Let's just say, maybe not sticking to the popular items was our first mistake!
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