Shanghainese, If You Please

You can get THE hot stuff if you want, but don't miss the bold flavors at one of the city's only Shanghainese restaurants.

"How did you like Pei Wei's food?" I asked.

"I've never tried it," he said. Roy told me that as far as he knew, Shanghai Cuisine was the first Shanghai-style restaurant in Houston. But it's no longer the only one — another Shanghai-style Chinese restaurant recently opened right across the street.

This kind of cooking became a favorite late in his life, he said. "When I was younger, I loved spicy Chinese food," Roy told me. "But my stomach can't take it anymore." It's easy to skip the spicy stuff in a Shanghai Chinese restaurant. And thanks to the fermented vegetables, the heavy garlic, and lots of mushrooms and flower buds, the food still manages to be bold-flavored without the fiery chile peppers.

More exciting than it sounds: pork with preserved vegetables.
Troy Fields
More exciting than it sounds: pork with preserved vegetables.

Location Info


Shanghai Cuisine

9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Outer Loop - SW


Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Noodles: $4.88

Pork with preserved vegetables: $9.89

Spicy fish lunch: $4.88

Snow pea shoots: $8.88

House special gluten: $7.88

9889 Bellaire, 713-771-8909.

Now that Roy has helped me figure out the menu, I can't wait to go back and try some of the salt-and-pepper seafood dishes and the weird oversize broad beans. I'll also be ordering some more of that awesome pork belly. And this time, there won't be any leftovers.

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