|Mapo tofu and kway teow at Chopstixx|
With Red Pearl gone, we're in search of new Chinese. Noodles Corner in Columbia has caught our eye, and people talk up some pan-Asian places like East Moon in Ellicott City and Asian Palace in Columbia.
Chopstixx in Elkridge is a tiny place with real ambition. They do a standard Chinese-American menu, but several commenters like KristenB and Stephanie T have talked up the "street food" menu with dishes like mapo tofu.
The one fact to highlight is that Chopstixx is really far from my house, so I need a rundown of the kitchen to order the best stuff. We went a few months ago, and we hit 50-50. The big plus was the Malaysian kway teow off the "street food" menu. Thick noodles and white meat chicken. At first, the sauce seemed mild with onion and small shrimp, but the spiciness creeps up on you.
The second dish was a kung pao tofu. It was well-cooked. Good tofu, carrots, baby corn, peanuts. The bean paste sauce was fine, sort of spicy, but in the end not a dish to make me drive 30 minutes across the county.
You should check Chopstixx out because it is way more than your corner Chinese takeout. Inside, it's a tiny, minimal box. But that kway teow was exceptional, and Chopstixx comes up again and again in comments from thoughtful folks like JW who offered favorite dishes at a run of Chinese restaurants like the beef show fun (dry) and Hong Kong style wonton soup at Chopstixx.
Actually, I'm unfair about Chopstixx being minimal. The seating is small and sparse, but they use unusual modern dishes like the upscale "fusion" spots. They also go the extra effort on the food. The shrimp in the kway teow were sweet and crisp. Next time, I may try the scallops and shrimp "crazy spicy noodles" -- and, when you visit, you'll see that I'm impressed if I'm ordering scallops in this shopping center.
Note in JW's comment that he also talks up China Village at Rte 103 and Rte 104. That's a new place to me, but JW talks up the beef chow fun (dry). If you want to browse, check out all my posts about Chinese food.
7260D Montgomery Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
NEAR: Chopstixx is just off U.S. 1 in Elkridge. This is north of Rte 100 and almost to the Baltimore County line.