50 Best Restaurants: Asian Origin delights with Sichuan-style dishes

It’s worth navigating through Tysons Corner to a nondescript office building for a fantastical display of fish.

asian noodles
Photo by Rey Lopez

By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano

Asian Origin

Chinese | McLean | $$

Pickled, diced string beans, crumbles of ground pork, wilted spinach and scallions create a first layer above a tangle of noodles. Toss and toss and toss before digging chopsticks into this vegetable-heavy version of dan dan noodles.

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Cumin lamb is velvety in texture and heady in scent. Crinkly dry-fried green beans are standard issue from the Sichuan playbook, if a little less spicy in this version. But why it’s worth navigating though Tysons Corner to a nondescript office building is for its fantastical display of fish.

A large silver tray hoisted above the table on four legs frames a whole fish decorated in layers of aromatics and spices and herbs and the fish is tender to the touch, but also electric. It’s a vibrant display of the Chinese cupboard, and a meal fit for daily celebrations. // 1753 Pinnacle Drive, Tysons

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