In Maryland, unless you live near Washington, D.C, like Bethesda, Silver Spring, its tough to find a traditional Chinese restaurant. Forget about the fried rice, general tsos chicken, wonton soup, spareribs, go for the gusto with an inquiring taste. Go where the Chinese go. There are 2 restaurants, 1 in Ellicott City, off of Rte 40 called Asian Court. On Saturday and Sunday from 11-3 PM they have what is called Dim Sum. Sort of like a weekend brunch tapas style. Ladies brings carts full of asian goodies, from steamed dumplings to fried dumplings to roast duck to clams with black bean sauce to dessert items. It's very traditional.
Just ask "what is that" or "I'll have what they're having"
It's alot of fun. It's different, why not, its food.
The other restaurant is Chop Stix in Rosedale. Off of Rte 40 on 66th St, make a left by the building warehouse that says Ha Ha Markets or make a rt on 66th st going the other way. It's an industrial site. go to the end and make a left (you can only make a left or right), go 1 block and you'll see "Chop Sticks Gourmet" on the corner. Very traditional. Between the hour of 11-3 the same Dim Sum. Try it you'll love it. You'll see lots of Chinese people and that's a good sign. Note the host will give you and order paper, try not to be intimidated with the weird stuff. It's good. I would recommend "Har Gow" shrimp dumpling wrapped in a translucent rice skin. add a little soy sauce and yummy.