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TenPenh's take on Crab Rangoon
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Where to Find Crab Rangoon In and Around D.C.

Here's where to enjoy the decidedly non-traditional dish

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Americans tend to go crazy over crab Rangoon at Chinese restaurants, but the crispy crab puffs have almost nothing to do with China. The dish is simple: cream cheese and crab folded up in wonton wrappers and deep-fried. It's named after the capitol city of Burma, where the dish supposedly originated.

However, that's almost certainly not true, since wonton wrappers are from China, and cream cheese is not a staple of Southeast Asian cuisine. Most attribute the creation of crab Rangoon to Trader Vic's, a popular Polynesian restaurant chain in San Francisco in the 1950s.

While real Chinese people probably don't eat them, that doesn't stop the dish from popping up on restaurant menus across the city. Here are 10 spots to enjoy crab Rangoon.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-3622
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Crab Rangoon is a little unexpected at a bourbon bar, but the menu at Barrel has just that ($12). They’ve been playing around with their recipe, which used to include lobster.

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2. China Jade

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16805 Crabbs Branch Way
Derwood, MD 20855
(301) 963-1570
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This spot has a vast menu covering all kinds of Chinese fare, plus the decidedly American crab Rangoon (6 for $6.95).

3. Great Wall Szechuan

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1527 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 797-8888
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Great Wall Szechuan House offers crab Rangoon for dine-in or takeout ($4.95).

4. Haikan

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805 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 299-1000
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Shaw’s new ramen hotspot serves an even more Americanized rendition of crab Rangoon as a side dish to accompany their Japanese noodles. It adds Old Bay to a filling of fried creamy crab and cream cheese (4 for $7).

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5. Hong Kong Palace

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6387 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-0940
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The crab Rangoon offering at this Szechuan favorite is a steal: eight wontons for $5.95.

6. TenPenh Tysons

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7900 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102

Passion Food Hospitality recently revived their Asian-inspired restaurant, TenPenh, in a new home at Tysons Corner. Chef Jeff Tunks dreamed up an appetizer of deconstructed crab Rangoon. It’s a hot crab Rangoon dip that’s served with wonton chips ($11).

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7. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20565
(202) 637-6100
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Taking a cue from a regional delicacy, Chef Scott Drewno at The Source has a Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cake “Rangoon” with crispy wonton and sweet chili sauce.

8. Tilt

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1612
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Tilt Side Bar swaps crab for lobster in their lobster Rangoon ($15). They’re stuffed with fresh-caught spiced lobster and cream cheese. Toppings include sweet and spicy chili sauce and cilantro.

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9. Peking Gourmet Inn

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6029 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 671-8088
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This Falls Church favorite frequented by political and pop culture elites (think the Bushes, Robert Duvall, Psy of “Gangnam Style”) has crab Rangoon on the menu (4 for $8).

10. Zabver

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3211 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 986-2093
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The Thai and Asian menu at Zabver includes a decked-out crab Rangoon. The Wasabi-Bleu Cheese Crab Rangoon is described as a crispy “stuffed cheese popper” with wasabi, Danish bleu cheese, and Japanese crab, wrapped in a wonton wrapper and served with sweet and sour chili sauce ($6).

1. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Crab Rangoon is a little unexpected at a bourbon bar, but the menu at Barrel has just that ($12). They’ve been playing around with their recipe, which used to include lobster.

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. China Jade

16805 Crabbs Branch Way, Derwood, MD 20855

This spot has a vast menu covering all kinds of Chinese fare, plus the decidedly American crab Rangoon (6 for $6.95).

16805 Crabbs Branch Way
Derwood, MD 20855

3. Great Wall Szechuan

1527 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Great Wall Szechuan House offers crab Rangoon for dine-in or takeout ($4.95).

1527 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Haikan

805 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Image: Lani Furbank

Shaw’s new ramen hotspot serves an even more Americanized rendition of crab Rangoon as a side dish to accompany their Japanese noodles. It adds Old Bay to a filling of fried creamy crab and cream cheese (4 for $7).

805 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Hong Kong Palace

6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

The crab Rangoon offering at this Szechuan favorite is a steal: eight wontons for $5.95.

6387 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044

6. TenPenh Tysons

7900 Westpark Dr, McLean, VA 22102
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Passion Food Hospitality recently revived their Asian-inspired restaurant, TenPenh, in a new home at Tysons Corner. Chef Jeff Tunks dreamed up an appetizer of deconstructed crab Rangoon. It’s a hot crab Rangoon dip that’s served with wonton chips ($11).

7900 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102

7. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20565

Taking a cue from a regional delicacy, Chef Scott Drewno at The Source has a Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cake “Rangoon” with crispy wonton and sweet chili sauce.

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20565

8. Tilt

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Tilt Side Bar swaps crab for lobster in their lobster Rangoon ($15). They’re stuffed with fresh-caught spiced lobster and cream cheese. Toppings include sweet and spicy chili sauce and cilantro.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Peking Gourmet Inn

6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

This Falls Church favorite frequented by political and pop culture elites (think the Bushes, Robert Duvall, Psy of “Gangnam Style”) has crab Rangoon on the menu (4 for $8).

6029 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

10. Zabver

3211 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

The Thai and Asian menu at Zabver includes a decked-out crab Rangoon. The Wasabi-Bleu Cheese Crab Rangoon is described as a crispy “stuffed cheese popper” with wasabi, Danish bleu cheese, and Japanese crab, wrapped in a wonton wrapper and served with sweet and sour chili sauce ($6).

3211 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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