Had my first meal at North China restaurant on February 1, 2009, and recommend it highly. Despite the North China name, the menu includes numerous items from Taiwan and Hong Kong. There are many "homestyle" appetizers and dishes listed, too-- it would take numerous visits to work through all the intriguing choices on this menu.
Our party of two concentrated on a sampling of Taiwan-style and traditional appetizers, supplemented with a Szechuan beef noodle soup. Our choices, in addition to the noodle soup: oyster pancake, seaweed, fried pork strips (new to us and addictive), five spice squid, and leek dumplings. Everything was fresh, extremely tasty and well-executed, and we even had extra soup to take home. All this for $32, with friendly service from the owner's family. One note: if you like additional heat, do ask for hot sauce, which is readily provided.
We should note that we did not even get to the more ambitious items on the menu, and will look forward to an opportunity. This is a real find for Bethesda, which has few authentic Chinese restaurants. For that matter, it is a stand-out for the Washington, DC area, especially since the downtown Chinatown has shrunk since the construction of the Verizon Center.
North China Restaurant's website notes that dim sum are available on Saturdays and Sundays. We haven't checked this out yet but, if correct, it would be the sole restaurant in Bethesda offering dim sum.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in Bethesda or if you would like to try Taiwanese and homestyle dishes not readily available elsewhere.
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