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Remarkable Rendang

Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.

On my second visit to Rice Bowl, Ecky recommended that we try fried chicken with curry sauce. I was expecting another dish of soggy chicken, but this one was spectacular. The chicken was crispy, and the curry was like a fried powder. I also tried a fabulous appetizer on that visit, an Indonesian egg dish called telor balado. Three hard-boiled eggs are deep-fried until a crispy skin forms on the outside. Then they are cut in half and each half is slathered with the fiery hot sauce called sambal. These hellishly hot deviled eggs will be making an appearance at my next tailgate party. After eating a couple, I wanted a cold beer. Rice Bowl doesn't serve any, but the waitress assured me it was okay to bring your own.

Indonesian dishes like telor balado and bakmie ayam are the thing to get.
Troy Fields

Indonesian dishes like telor balado and bakmie ayam are the thing to get.

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Rice Bowl II

14360 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77083

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Outer Loop - SW

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Hours:11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through ­Saturdays; noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Deviled eggs: $3.50

Gado gado: $5.75

Noodles and chicken: $5.95

Beef rendang: $8.95

Fried chicken and curry: $8.25

14360 Bellaire, 281-988-9912.

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So here's my recommendation. Go to Rice Bowl and order the spicy eggs and maybe some gado gado. Get the chicken and noodles and don't forget to doctor them up. Order the fried wontons to eat with the noodles. Spicy stir-fried water spinach is the vegetable to go with. Don't miss the fried chicken in curry sauce, and be sure to order the sensational beef rendang. (If you take David's advice, you'll get a second order of beef rendang to take home.) And don't forget to bring some beer.

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