Yuan Fu Vegetarian
N, A and I are in Maryland right now, visiting our extended family. After a draining shopping mall experience last Friday evening, we found ourselves starving and stranded by traffic jams. A quick google search led us to nearby Yuan Fu Vegetarian Restaurant in Rockville, MD.
Yuan Fu is decorated in the old-school vegetarian restaurant style: mismatched plastic floral tablecloths, vases of fake flowers, and green plastic booths. It was packed with people of all ages and ethnicities.Their extensive menu includes pictures, which I generally regard as tacky but proved quite helpful in this case. The five of us proceeded to order nine dishes, which was of course a mountain of food.
For starters: Hot and sour soup, taro root balls, curry dumplings, and sesame seaweed salad.
Main dishes: Basil duck hot pot, “Two kinds of crispy”, basil eggplant, Orange Chicken, and stuffed tofu skin with black bean sauce.
The orange chicken was the perfect balance of chewy and crispy, the soup was thick and just a smidge spicy, the yuba skin duck was juicy and flavorful… and I can’t even begin to explain how good the Taro root balls were. Most restaurants have one or two stand-out dishes, but at Yuan Fu, EVERYTHING was phenomenal. We ranted, we raved, we ate way too much and went home with bellyaches. If you ever find yourself in Rockville, check this place out. http://yuanfuvegetarian.com/