Restaurant review: Peter Chang (Arlington, Virginia)

Peter Chang is a Chinese chef who has owned and operated pop up restaurants throughout the mid-Atlantic region over the years. He has established a cult following of fans who have traveled enormous distances to have his food. He recently opened up a place in Arlington, Virginia, and we paid a visit last week with some friends to see what all the fuss was about.

We started off with the following appetizers:

Scallion Bubble Pancakes

scallion bubble pancakes

scallion bubble pancakes

Hot & Numbing Noodles (with bok choy and mushrooms)

spicy noodles

spicy noodles

Grandma’s Noodles, served with chili powder, scallions, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce and finished with a splash of hot oil

grandma's noodles

grandma’s noodles

Pan fried Pork Dumplings

potstickers

potstickers

Cold Mixed Beef Tendon (not my idea!)

beef tendon

beef tendon

Cold Mixed Wood-Ear Mushrooms with Thai Chili

wood ear with chili

wood ear with chili

Mapo Tofu

mapo tofu

mapo tofu

Mushroom Hot Pot stir fried in special chili sauce with mixed mushrooms, diced garlic, red bell pepper, onion, and jalapeno

mushroom hot pot

mushroom hot pot

Eggplant and basil in clay pot (stewed eggplant with basil in a light brown sauce)

eggplant with basil

eggplant with basil

Fish filets in chili sauce

fish filets in chili oil

fish filets in chili oil

Pan fried steamed pork belly (steamed pork belly marinated with bean paste, rice flour, and chili paste and then pan fried with Szechuan chili powder, scallions, and cilantro and served with snow peas and mushrooms)

spicy pork belly

spicy pork belly

Stir fried shredded duck, with Szechuan chili powder with Chinese celery

shredded duck

shredded duck

New Zealand lamb chops spiced with cumin

lamb chops with cumin

lamb chops with cumin

Stir fried beef in Szechuan sauce

stir fried beef

stir fried beef

Sliced chicken with Szechuan chili

stir fried chicken with hot peppers

stir fried chicken with hot peppers

Overall, the food is excellent—spicy and flavorful. It is typical authentic Chinese food, however, so the dishes tend to be on the oily side, especially for American taste buds. We really enjoyed it and plan to be back for a return visit soon!

Peter Chang can be found at 2503-E North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA, 22207, (703) 538-6688 (www.peterchangarlington.com)

 

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