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Anyone know where these chefs, or the owners went?

Chowser, I couldn't have wished for a more perfect time for your father-in-law to have received my note - Thanksgiving was the most appropriate time of all. Thank you so much for taking it to him on that day, during your celebration. It does my heart good to know that he knows how he and his staff touched our lives and are part of our cherished memories. Ours is only one story of so very many, I'm sure.

I would love to have the recipe for the vegetarian dumpling sauce and dumplings or whatever his chef brother feels comfortable sharing about them.

Thank you so much for your part in making our holidays even brighter. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and our best wishes for you all in the new year!

Anyone know where these chefs, or the owners went?

Hi Chowser,

I'm so glad you saw my post. I would be very appreciative if you'd ask him where his chefs work now, and about the sauce for their terrific vegetarian steamed dumplings.
And one other thing, if you would please, pass along to him. We didn't know before it happened that the Hunan East would be closing, and so we never got a chance to tell everyone there what they and the restaurant meant to us. It was our favorite area restaurant for many years. We used to say that for us, it was just like Billy Joel's song - except with the lyrics changed from Italian to Chinese - "I'll meet you anytime you want, in our Chinese restaurant." We went there for birthdays and so many other celebrations. We brought our friends and our colleagues there. We went to the Hunan when we needed to lift our spirits, and when we just wanted to relax. It was one of our cherished traditions each Christmas Eve to have dinner there for many, many years. The staff at the Hunan was always so warm and welcoming, and we loved the food and the atmosphere. We were such regulars that our favorite waiter had memorized our order and would ask if we wanted the usual and then recite it - "Vegetable Steamed Dumplings, Mixed vegetables - spicy, Broccoli in garlic sauce, and a half carafe of white wine." We just loved that place. Right before Christmas the year it closed, my husband was at the mall across the street from the Hunan doing a little Christmas shopping. He was going to stop in and make our reservations for Christmas Eve, and was stunned to see that it had closed. We consoled ourselves that night by eating half a tin of those Nyakers ginger cookies from World Market, and hoped that all was going well for everyone who had been a part of the Hunan. We've been looking for the restaurant to reopen somewhere else, or to find out where the chefs went, and to thank the owners and the staff ever since that night. Please tell your father-in-law how much we appreciate the wonderful times he provided for us and for so many, and that we wish him and the staff from the Hunan the very best.

Sorry I disappeared for a while - we've been at Nats Park experiencing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.....Hunan East is surely where we'd be tonight, if only it were still open.

Anyone know where these chefs, or the owners went?

Hi Steve - thanks for the recommendation. I hadn't heard about China Bistro since we're in Virginia, so I checked it out on the Internet. Don't know if their vegetarian dumplings are like the ones at Hunan East, but the next time we're anywhere near Rockville we're going to stop into China Bistro and try them.

The most noticeable difference between the vegetarian steamed dumplings at Hunan East in Bailey's Crossroads and every dumpling we're had in dozens of other Chinese restaurants was the sauce that came with the very fresh, made to order dumplings. Most places serve them with a one-note savory sauce, whereas Hunan East's was more complex - both savory and sweet. I've tried to guess at what the difference was and thought that maybe they used more ginger and some sweet rice wine vinegar -- or maybe they used a Thai sweet soy sauce instead of the traditional savory soy sauce. Wish I knew, and wish I could find out where the chefs work now or find dumplings and sauce just like them.
Thanks again for the recommendation. From the sounds of it, China Bistro's dumplings are worth checking out even if they aren't just like Hunan East's.

Anyone know where these chefs, or the owners went?

Our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Hunan East in Bailey's Crossroads, VA closed some years ago, and we are wondering if anyone knows where the chefs from this restaurant (or the owners) are now?

We're asking because we've never found any other restaurant that makes vegetarian steamed dumplings like the Hunan East. We've eaten a lot of them since then in other restaurants, but never found any that come even the slightest bit close to the ones from the Hunan.