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Posted by Devi on 12/19/2012
I love hong kong style of chinese food, and I found the food here to be it. Good food, decent price, and I also love the green sauce with the house style chicken, yumm!!
Posted by John on 12/14/2012
I ordered my fried rice dinner and asked for an extra egg to be included. The waitress told me an egg was already in it, and asked why I would want an extra egg. Before I could explain, she walked away. When my food arrived, she came to ask me if everything was ok, and I reiterated that I wished it had extra egg. She told me I'd have to pay extra for that.....which was not the point. The point is I asked for it and didn't get it. Whether it was a language barrier or an attitude with me, the result is I ended up not getting my dinner the way I wanted.....and there was little to no attempt to correct the problem. I've been here 5 times before and never had a problem until now.
Posted by Big Kahuna on 09/04/2012
Food was superb. Tremendous authentic flavors. Reasonably priced. Do not expect ambiance. The quality of food more than makes up for the lack of decor.
Posted by Alexandre R on 07/12/2012
We were expecting a fine chinese meal; HOW WRONG WERE WE! When we came in, the place looked cramped and unorganized, when we were seated in what looked like a basement, we ate food that is nearly impossible to ruin, like the whote rice, how do you mess up on white rice?? The duck was bland and soggy, the pork in the noodle soup tasted water loggedand the entire meal was very unsatisfying. Do not eat here.
Posted by anonymous on 08/25/2009
First time in DC. Being from Chinese descent (living in Toronto), we always want to try out Chinese food in other cities. Someone coming out of the rest. said food was good. Place was busy. What a joke! Everything about this place was disappointing. Shoulda known when we walked in and it looked like a basement and had a musty smell. The hostess took us to a second room that was worse than the first room. Lunch deals were limited. Main menu was expensive for Chinese food. Wait staff was adequate, filled our water glasses on a really hot day in dc. Ordered fresh noodle in soup with beef, but got beef tendons instead of beef. Had to return to get beef slices. Ordered chicken chow mein from main menu (egg noodled fried up crunchy), was okay because it had lots of veggies. Ordered bbq pork over rice - came with too much soya sauce over the rice. Bill came to $30 for lunch which is expensive for a dump like this (and for Chinese food). Ladies washroom was scary - looked like a stock room - and was visible from our table. If you want real good Chinese food, go to Toronto, Canada. Best Chinese food in Canada and east coast U.S. (not tried San Fran yet). Stay away from this restaurant!
Posted by Siu Y. Chiu on 07/11/2009
We had an enjoyable meal in Chinatown Express in 2004 when we visited Washington DC last time. So we went there again when we visited the DC for the July 4 weekend. The restaurant showcases a chef hand-making noodle at the window, projecting an impression that they are good at making noodles. There were five of us. We ordered three noodle soups, a Cantonese-style (Yang-chow) fried rice, a steamed pork bun, a fried dumpling and a fried hollow green to share. The hollow green and fried dumplings were of take-out food quality. Unfortunately, they were the only thing we enjoyed. We were very disappointed by the noodle soup. The soup had no flavor and the noodle doesn’t chew like hand-made. I would have enjoyed a Raman instant noodle soup better. The Yang-chow fried rice was basically rice fried with diced hem and soy sauce, the sloppiest recipe I have ever seen. Despite of the low-quality ingredient used, the fried rice was more expensive than the one we had the day before in a nearby restaurant, where they used the usual ingredient, i.e., shrimp and roast pork. The pork buns were subpar. The skin of the buns was hard, which is usually a sign that the buns were cooked ahead of time, stored in a refrigerator then reheated. We later learned that it could be worse. Another diner we met when we left the restaurant told us that the buns served to her were still cold. The bill of this meal came up to be $68 (before tax). It was $20 cheaper than the meal we had in the nearby Cantonese style restaurant, where we had fish, squid, egg plant hot pot, pork chop, peapod stem, Yang chow fried rice, all properly prepared. In actual value, the meal in Chinatown Express is in fact far more expensive.
Posted by DC tourist from NY/NJ on 12/28/2008
Food just ok when compared to what you get in the NY/NJ metro area. In my experience, it is good authentic chinese lunch or a quick dinner at a good price. Beware if you are a tourist because our check came with one single number on it and we were overcharged! Ask your check to be itemized in detail!