House of Chow was established in 1981, by the Chow family. To this
day, it is still owned and operated by the same family.
House of Chow brings Northern-style Chinese cuisine to Columbia;
before this, only Cantonese-Style Chinese food was served in the
area. In Washington D.C., however, Northern-Style food was extremely
popular because then President Nixon had recently visited China in 1972,
the first official visit by a US president in 20-30 years. Chinese restaurants
had sprung up everywhere, imitating the style of banquet Nixon
had while in Beijing. This was the first big change from the reserved
taste of Cantonese food to the more strident Mandarin dishes.