Whatever's Good

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu has something for everyone.

I try more of the dumplings in soup and am instantly glad I did. I think it's the best dish of my two visits. They actually call it wonton soup, but it comes with pork and shrimp dumplings in a savory broth with more of the tender mustard greens. I also order the shrimp-and-pork-fried rice. The rice is light and fluffy, and there are just enough shrimp to get one or two in each bite. But the best part of the fried rice is the sweet and crispy diced pork mixed in with it. My dining companions go with the cashew chicken and the General Tso's chicken.

Although it isn't what I would've ordered, when I taste my tablemates' General Tso's chicken, it confirms my opinion of Shanghai Restaurant: that it serves really amazing Chinese food for the $7.99 lunch-special-with-an-egg roll-and-sweet-and-sour-soup crowd as well as the I-just-got-back-from-Beijing-and-I-know-"real"-Shanghai-cuisine tool bags.

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant is run by a tight-knit family serving up some of the best Chinese food I have had in Houston. And they sure know how to treat pork. I ask our waiter if he knows a good place with cheap beer for karaoke. He's kinda young and the cheap-beer comment maybe throws him off, but he comes back with a recommendation for a club that's just placed a delivery order with the restaurant. "They charge by the hour for a private room," he confides, "but you can smoke inside."

Don't miss the salted pork spareribs or the wonton soup.
Troy Fields
Don't miss the salted pork spareribs or the wonton soup.

Location Info


Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

9116 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Outer Loop - SW


Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Salted pork spareribs: $8.95

Wonton soup: $5.50

Duck lo mein: $6.95

Cashew chicken: $8.95

General Tso's Chicken: $8.95

Egg rolls: $2.50

Shrimp fried rice: $6.95

Brisket and noodles in soup: $5.95

9116 Bellaire Blvd., 713-988-7288

Not exactly what I was thinking, but you know what they say: Any Chinese restaurant that delivers to a karaoke bar has got to be good.

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