|Dim sum at Mai Dragon in Hanover|
Mai Dragon runs a pan-Asian menu in Hanover, and their website suggests that they do dim sum every day from lunchtime until 5 pm. They roll trolleys through the restaurant on weekends and make it to-order during the week.
As far as I know, Asian Court in Ellicott City is the only dim sum option in Howard County. We have often enjoyed it -- although leisurely brunches of exotic foods aren't exactly Lil' Chow's favorite activities.
We caught up with the owners Meiling and her husband on Saturday and chatted for a while as I haven't seen them since she left Red Pearl. We also see some friendly faces in the waitstaff that we recognized from the original Asian Court.
Food is great! The aroma of dried shitake mushrooms in the siu-mais and shreds of dried scallops in the sticky rice chicken in lotus leaves (nuo-mi ji) are exciting indicators of decent dim sum. (Well, the surrounding Cantonese-speaking patrons is another.) The multi-layered black sesame cake is a must-try.
DH is very happy we finally have an establishment so good and so close to home that can be on par with the Philly dim sum scene.
Meiling said the dim sum chef studied under a very renowned chef in Hong Kong. Also on chefs (Cantonese cousins) previously at other famous eateries in NoVA and Rockville. There will be a renovation coming up soon. The restaurant will be able to host banquets up to about 26 tables afterwards.
Min wrote during my hiatus, so I assume the durian pastry is available now. Mai Dragon is the name of the restaurant. Some places on-line, it looks like there is a Mai Dim Sum with a different address. It's all the same place -- just a dim sum menu on top of the regular Mai Dragon menu.Last but not least, just in case you're a fan of durian, the king of fruits, I asked for durian pastry (liu-lian su, melt-in-your-mouth durian wrapped in puff pastry sheets) and was told it'll be available next weekend.
I am always open to Chinese recommendations in the area. People like all different kinds of places. We're partial to Grace Garden, which is even a little farther into Anne Arundel in Odenton. A nondescript decor, but amazing food. Does anyone have new finds -- restaurants or dishes -- to recommend around the area?
2649A Annapolis Road
Hanover, MD 21076
Phone: (410) 551-9498
NEAR: This is on Rte 175 just east of the BW Parkway. So it's just over the line in Anne Arundel County, but close enough for us to try to annex.