Chinese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Summer Travels: Tea-Smoked Eel at San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food

    What's the best thing about attending a good friend's wedding in Mendocino country, California? The excuse to fly into San Francisco early and partake of its amazing food offerings. (A close second: wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma.) I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco about a half doz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    First Look at Regal Seafood: Watch This Chef Carve a Duck

    If you're looking for a new place to sample Cantonese cuisine, venture out of the loop to Stafford and visit the new Regal Seafood (12350 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX) restaurant. Owned by the same people who opened up E-Tao in the Galleria, Regal quietly opened a few months ago on the southbound Sou ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 15, 2014

    Dumplings N More Has Mastered the Art of Soup Dumplings

    Forget the language problem — the food speaks for itself.

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    March 11, 2014

    Dim Sum For Dinner Via Yum Yum Cha

    The oppositional streak in me most definitely plays out in the dining world. I like eating traditional breakfast items at night and have been known to eat my entrée before my appetizer. And, unsurprisingly, I have always preferred dim sum for dinner rather than as a brunch or midday meal. Most of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    5 Authentic Chinese Dishes, Plus Where to Find Them In Houston

    Despite what the Master Wok in the food court may tell you, authentic Chinese food does not consist of ten different types of orange-tinted, deep-fried chicken. In fact, what is commonly considered "Chinese food" in the West actually originated in 1950s San Francisco, when Chinese cuisine was adapte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Fortune Cookie Messages - For Your Eyes Only?

    It's a familiar situation. The platters of lo mein and kung pao shrimp have been cleared. Your friend moans and says, "I shouldn't have eaten that last dumpling." Everyone laughs. The check arrives and with it a tray full of fortune cookies, one for each member of your large party. "Everybody ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Hoi Fung of Fung's Kitchen, On the Evolution of Chop Suey, Where He Takes Visiting Chefs for a Good Steak, and Serving Fresh Peking Duck at Banquets

    This is part two of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. EOW: You came you Houston in 1982, but you didn't open your first restaurant until 1990. How come? HF: Because I worked in the Golden China restaurant in the Sharpstown area. EOW: Tel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Hoi Fung of Fung's Kitchen, On Starting Out as a Cook in Hong Kong Before Coming to America to Make a New Life

    This is the first part of a three part Chef Chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. Fung's Kitchen is a veritable Chinese food institution in Houston. Past host to President Bush senior, the Queen of Thailand, and the Imperial Family of Japan, it is the go-to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Southern-Fried Dim Sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie's Burger Bus

    Austin King is a nervous ball of energy. He hops around the small kitchen at the rear of Grand Prize Bar like a character in Super Mario Brothers, head down and face fixed in a grimace of determined concentration. He pulls dumplings from a fryer with one hand, sprinkles Tabasco-infused scallions ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Get $20 Worth of Food for $10 at Kim Son

    There is hardly a Houston Press Best of Houston® award that Kim Son hasn't won, from Best Crab to Best Dim Sum -- twice. We've always been fans of the giant, pan-Asian palaces that serve everything from Vietnamese fajitas marinated in lemongrass to black pepper soft shell crabs. Oh, and some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Not Your Food Court Chinese: Lunch at E Tao

    Char Sui.​After a long day of fighting the crowds at the Galleria, my dining companion and I were left tired and hungry. Katharine Shilcutt's first look at E Tao and the sheer convenience of not having to leave the mall to get what I was craving sealed the deal. I wanted Chinese food, but not ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Sichuan Bucket List

    You'll want to try everything on the menu at this new Bellaire favorite.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Top 5: Peking Duck in Houston

    I'm one of those people who gets super-strong cravings for food. It can be a whiff, a smell, a dish that someone mentions, a feeling that I associate with the weather, or something I see through a restaurant window that causes the craving. In this instance, ever since I saw a Peking Duck carved tabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Taro Puffs at Hong Kong Dim Sum

    Joanna O'LearyFlaky, starchy deliciousness​I love dim sum. I love the variety of dishes, the low prices, and the pleasant nap that inevitably follows my (over)consumption of fried dainties. Seems even endless cups of jasmine tea can't keep me awake after multiple dumplings. The problem is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Top 5: Foods Best Found in Houston

    kshilcuttFung's Kitchen.​Travel & Leisure recently named Houston as America's Best Burger City. But as many Houstonians would tell the nation, Houston is known for much more than just burgers. It's a melting pot of culture and cuisine, and thus offers awesome dishes beyond the typical burger ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 3, 2011

    Crazy, Jumbled Up and Delicious

    House of Bowls may be Houston's greatest Hong Kong cuisine.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    On the Menu: #11 at Flying Dragon

    ​The Flying Dragon (1710 W. 18th), an obscure, little Chinese food eatery tucked into the corner of a retail strip, caught my eye while driving the other day. Obscure Chinese food eatery? There are hundreds of those in the greater Houston area. But why did I stop at this one? Well, I was h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Almost Christmas Eve Congee

    Photo by Sebastian Mary​On a recent post about pho ga, the Vietnamese chicken soup, I made mention of a graph that has predicted 2011 to be the year of congee (with regard to Asian comfort food dishes). Later on, reader Sunkneelion made the request: "Article on congee, please!" Sunkn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Peking Duck at Fung's Kitchen

    ​Several drinks have a way of making me want to venture outside the Loop for some really good food, which is possible with a comparatively sober companion diner/driver. Still salivating over the memory of a terrific meal at Fung's Kitchen, we decided to return in the hopes of replicating our e ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010

    Spinning Sichuan

    Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants In Chinatown

    ​"Chinatown" seems like an awfully lopsided epithet for Houston's enormous and vibrant pan-Asian community, straddling Beltway 8 on the southwest side like an entire city unto itself. There are Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, sure. But there are also Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Malay ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 29, 2010

    Whatever's Good

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

  • Dining

    March 4, 2010

    Scintillating Sichuan

    You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Donut Patrol: Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste

    ​The dim sum sesame balls at Chinese Cuisine, a new dim sum joint at 9888 Bellaire, were excellent -- they came to the table piping hot and filled with red bean jelly. The dim sum sesame balls with yellow bean paste featured in last week's Donut Patrol drew disparaging comments from connoisse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Donut Patrol: Dim Sum Sesame Rolls

    ​Hot sesame balls, with their chewy pastry exterior and sweet gooey sweetened bean filling, taste like Chinese jelly doughnuts. We often ask for two orders of hot sesame balls when we first sit down at the table for a dim sum brunch. The sweetened bean-filled sesame balls are so popular at som ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 15, 2008
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    May 24, 2007

    Fu Fu Cafe

    A spartan Chinese cafe on Bellaire is the city's hottest new dumpling destination

  • Dining

    April 26, 2007

    Alice's Diner

    Great hamburgers and Austin Powers-era Chinese food are both on the menu at Alice's

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    February 8, 2007
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    October 26, 2006

    Bahn Xeo Buffet

    Kim Son goes all-you-can-eat in a lavish new location on Bellaire

  • Dining

    July 13, 2006

    Bird with a Buzz

    Get your chicken spiked with Szechuan peppercorns and do some tongue tripping

  • Dining

    December 29, 2005

    Sanguine Soup and Sandwich

    Bodard Bistro on Bellaire is packing them in with "not too greasy" Vietnamese food

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Hello, Yum Yum

    A new Asian diner brings dinnertime dim sum to the Inner Loop

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    Psychedelic Peppercorns

    Try a spice at Sichuan Cuisine that's been banned in the States since 1968

  • Dining

    January 27, 2005

    The Xiu Mai Super Bowl

    A new champion in the dim sum game

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    May 20, 2004
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    January 15, 2004


    Two little restaurants serve up “Houstonized” Chinese food

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Dining

    April 24, 2003

    Wednesday Brunch

    Golden Palace is Houston's top weekday dim sum destination

  • Dining

    November 7, 2002

    Forbidden City Food

    Sometimes when a Chinese waiter says "not for you," he's right

  • Dining

    September 26, 2002

    Dim Sum 101

    Dorothy Huang holds court at Ocean Palace

  • Dining

    August 29, 2002

    Peking Order

    Golden Duck may look a little too much like the Mexican restaurant it once was, but what a deal on duck

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • Dining

    June 22, 2000

    Falling For It

    The name inspires groans, but the delicious Humpty Dumpling is sitting pretty

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998
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    February 19, 1998
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    May 1, 1997

    Roll with It

    Mings Cafe is a reminder of why America first fell in love with Chinese cooking

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    February 13, 1997
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    June 16, 1994

    Hong Kong Calling

    The Imperial Palace serves Houston's classiest dim sum -- and then some

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