Welcome to an amazing culinary world of Sichuan Province cuisine from China brought to you by Q by Peter Chang in Bethesda. Q is a sister restaurant of another Peter Chang location in Rockville Town Center. However, the Bethesda restaurant is an upscale high-end and of course more expensive dining experience. From Dim Sum to Full Entrees you will leave full and happy nomster. Big advice, go there with a large group of friends. The more people you have in your party, the more dishes you can try. Q has an extensive menu that small group might not be able to tackle. Plus with a larger group, you have more people to split the check. This upscale, high-end restaurant can get very pricey, and your wallet might hate you for being empty. Another good reason to come with a large group to try more dishes and pay a bit less. After several visits to this restaurant. We are happy to say that we have tried the entire menu and now can tell you what exactly you should order.
- Bubble Scallion Pancake
- Dan Dan Noodles
- Xi’an Style Youpo Lamb Noodles
- Sichuan Chili Wontons
- Beggar’s Ribs
- Dong Po Braised Pork Belly
- Eggplant Fries
- Lobster Egg Foo Young
- Tofu Skin
- Soup Dumplings
- Twice Cooked Pork
- Crispy Diced Beef
- Scallion Juice Branzino Fillet
- Vegetable Lion Head
- Peking Duck
- Creamy Egg Yolk Bun
- Jubilee Ice Cream
Bubble Scallion Pancake (6 NOMs)
Our first time trying this unique dish and we fell in love with the first bite. You have first to pop the bubble open to let the hot air out. The scallion pancake has an exciting and tasty flavor that combines sweet and savory in one great bite. The outer shell of the pancake is surprisingly sweet, and dipping sauce is curry like savory. Buble Pancake is a must order starter this as you wait for the rest of your dinner.
Dan Dan Noodles (5 NOMs)
Another must-order is a traditional Sichuan province street dish. A fun fact Dan Dan refers to a pole on which street vendors carried the dish. Upon arrival at your table, the dish must be thoroughly mixed while still warm. You want to make sure that all the different spicy sauces, vegetables, mustard stems, and thin noodles mixed well. We are quite happy to see that Q by Peter Chang took a more authentic route and made these noodles with a nice kick to it, unlike other Chinese restaurants where its sweet. While it’s a small dish, it will bring lots of joy to your taste buds.
Xi’an Style Youpo Lamb Noodles (4 NOMs)
You can never go wrong with an order of long wide noodles with a kick. Similar to Dan Dan Noodles you want to make sure they are mixed well while still warm. Mainly so they don’t stick together and evenly distribute the flavors. We like the noodles, they had a very nice and soft texture and had a nice kick to them.
Sichuan Chili Wontons (5 NOMs)
These little shrimp wontons pack a big punch to the taste buds. With both an excellent flavor and nice spicy kick to them. Perfectly prepared with a nice light exterior and soft interior. The chili pepper kick is not too strong and should be fine for most people. Just in case have a glass of water prepared. Remember every tear is worth it when enjoying this dish. One of our favorite dishes from the nomnom experience. We are not giving these wontons justice, so order it and taste the joy for yourself.
Beggar’s Ribs (5 NOMs)
You will be begging for seconds in no time with an order of Beggar’s Ribs. Prepared so well that meat falls off the bone. The ribs taste very light, and meat flavors shine so well even if they are completely covered in heavy sauce. You can take the hours of cooking they underwent. Served with some nicely seasoned home fires.
Dong Po Braised Pork Belly (6 NOMs)
A dish that may make you moan louder than with your partner. We love pork belly, I mean what not to love they are soft and delicious. However, this pork belly just ruined us for any other in the future. Overall dish it’s quite similar to a make your steam bun bao. The shell is a bit dryer and harder, but compliments pork and sauce very well. It just there to deliver the meat into your mouth.
Eggplant Fries (3 NOMs)
Eggplant fries is not something we were expecting to see at this upper-class Chinese restaurant. They had a nice crunch, and seasoning was a bit too salty. However not as impressive or stand out compared to other great dishes we had that night. We rather save space in our stomachs for other great nomnoms or maybe ordering again the things we love.
Lobster Egg Foo Young (5 NOMs)
We are big egg lovers and anything that mostly consists of eggs. Over the years we’ve had a lot of egg foo young and sadly mostly it was never that good. Now we have found a place that knows how to make a good Egg Foo Young. Love the big soup bowl this dish is served in. Truly a great dish for Egg Foo Young and Lobster lovers. We do have some bad news, this was a special of the night and might not always be on their menu. If you happen to see it, then you must order it.
Tofu Skin (4 NOMs)
Did you know that tofu skins come from wild tofu that must be carefully cared for and prepared? Yes, we are messing with you :). Tofu skins are made from a film that forms when boiling soy milk. It’s not considered tofu even though it has a very similar flavor. The boiling adds a very ripply and different texture from regular tofu we normally eat. Tofu skins then combined with a gooey sauce made for a good dish with some rice.
Soup Dumplings (5 NOMs)
Soup on the inside and soup on the outside makes for a bite-size soup party in our mouth. The whole dish is on point in flavors and presentation. What not to love, everything you need is in one place. Now a big question if you should drink soup first or swallow the whole thing with the dumplings. We let you decide on that, make sure to order this great dish.
Twice Cooked Pork (5 NOMs)
Twice Cooked Pork is a popular, traditional dish in Sichuan Province of China. Its often enjoyed as a main dish on holidays. The preparation of this dish is in its name. Like the name says the pork is cooked twice. First boiled and then stir-fried with vegetables and several sauces. Of course, the pork is the star of this dish and Q by Peter Chang does not disappoint. It was spicy, just like the dish supposes to be prepared in its homeland. Our partner in crime nomster is from Sichuan province in China where the dish originated. We’ve had this dish as home cook meal many times. Right from the sauce! So the fact that he liked this dish very much means a lot.
Crispy Diced Beef (4 NOMs)
Now, this dish has some kick to it and if not prepared those red peppers will make your forehead sweat and mouth will taste spicy for a while. So make sure to avoid them. It’s all worth it in a quest to find a hot dish. Of course, a great way to balance this out is with some white or brown rice. The beef is so crispy and goes so well with all the vegetables.
Scallion Juice Branzino Filet (3 NOMs)
What in the world did we order? Well, it’s another unique dish. A Fish Fillet with veggies served in metal woke full of soup and heated by fire right on your table. Now, this makes for a more fun experience. With a nice presentation, it still left us wanting some more flavor. According to our Chinese friends, the dish is supposed to be more on the bland side.
Vegetable Lion Head (3 NOMs)
Chefs at Q by Peter Chang sure loves making a splash with a fun presentation. Are we about to eat real lion head? No, but the dish is named as if dish resembles Chinese guardian lion. Normally a meatball stewed or steamed with cabbage, in this case, its a vegetable. While the dish is interesting, but we didn’t find it to have a lot of flavors. It felt like it needed something to give it more of a kick.
Peking Duck (6 NOMs)
You can’t go to Q by Peter Chang and not order their famous and one of the best in town Pekin Duck. While several different sizes are available, you should go for the entire duck. Trust us, its so good that half will only leave you craving for more. Everything about this dish is excellent from thin slices of meat, crispy skin to a thin pancake roll. Served with several sauces that are a must. In case you are not familiar let us explain how to eat this dish properly. You will want to get a thin pancake roll and place a few slices of duck meat and skin. Then add few cucumbers, spring onions, and the delicious sweet bean sauce. The flavors are just so amazing that we couldn’t get enough. Even when fully stuff3ed we kept on eating. We are yet to find a restaurant who’s Pekin Duck comes even close to this dish. So make sure to order and leave enough space in your stomach for the star of the meal.
Creamy Egg Yolk Bun (3 NOMs)
Creamy Egg Yolk is a staple of most Dim Sum places. Q delivers on their part and serves up some good quality dessert buns. Are we blown away? NO, but we are not disappointed either. Great way to add a sweet end to your nomnom experience.
Jubilee Ice Cream (4 NOMs)
After so much food you really need to end the nomnoms with something light and sweet like their assorted ice cream.
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