If you’re looking for good Chinese food in the DMV area, you need to check out Hunan Taste STAT. The one I go to is right next to the H-mart in Ellicott City, Maryland, but they also have a location in NOVA (aka Northern Virginia). I’m definitely one of their regulars. I like to grab a quick bite or get takeout after picking up groceries from the asian market. It’s definitely the best Chinese restaurant in the Baltimore area. I’ve been going there for years now, and I’ve never had a bad experience!
I went there recently with a good friend of mine to get lunch, and we ordered Mushroom Tender Green (stir-fried bok choy + shiitake mushrooms), Stir-Fried Lamb (thinly sliced lamb stir-fried with cilantro and sliced hot peppers), and Diced Chicken with Chilis and Nuts (chunks of white meat chicken stir-fried with hot peppers and nuts) to share. As always, all three were delish. Heads up though, their grub’s definitely on the spicy side. They incorporate quite a bit of hot chili oil into their dishes so if you have trouble handling heat, avoid entrees that have peppers pictured next to them on the menu.
Also, please, please, PLEASE order from Hunan Taste’s authentic Chinese menu. I swear to god, if you order General Tso’s here, I will hunt you down and smack you, ha! Ok, ok. I won’t do that, but you have to promise me that you’ll try something new here. If you need help figuring out what to get, no need to sweat, I got your back. Here’s what I recommend:
- Boiled Fried Fish (very spicy): VERY spicy but delicious. It comes in a hot oil broth, and there’s an obscene amount of food.
- Chinese Mapo Tofu: If you’re a fan of tofu, you should def. give this dish a try. It’s not the best entree available here, but I would get it to supplement if there were enough people in my party.
- Diced Chicken with Chilis and Nuts: Another one of my favorites – sometimes they fry the chicken, but I’m not sure if that’s a regular thing, lol. Very flavorful and spicy so only get this if you can take heat.
- Eggplant in Clay Pot in Garlic Sauce: This is more of an americanized plate, but it’s still quite delicious. The eggplant on hot plate is really good, too!
- Mao’s Braised Pork with Brown Sauce: One of their more famous dishes – it’s fatty but nomtastic.
- Mushroom Tender Green: You gotta get your daily intake of veggies, right? Bok choy is one of my favorite veggies so I make sure to get this or their watercress – you can’t go wrong with either.
- Tea Tree Mushrooms with Pork: I haven’t had this in a while, but it was definitely one of my favorites. Tea tree mushrooms are definitely tasty, but I remember it being tough sometimes? It was 50/50 – either it was amazing or it was just ok. The flavor was always on point though, and I’d recommend tasting it if you were here with a huge group of friends.
- Stir-Fried Lamb: This is an absolute must-try. If you like lamb, you will LOVE this dish! I seriously get it every time I come here…which is often, ha.
Also, Hunan Taste gives you unlimited rice, hot tea and starters (peanuts + pickled radish/celery/carrot mix) for free. The restaurant’s super clean, and it’s always bustling. The waitstaff’s very attentive, and service is hella quick. Take my word on this one and head on over ASAP! To read more about my food adventures, click here – also make sure to check out my food blog, Nomtastic Foods.