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 >>
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 >>
Forget the language problem — the food speaks for itself.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
You'll want to try everything on the menu at this new Bellaire favorite.
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 >>
Joanna O'LearyFlaky, starchy deliciousnessI 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 >>
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 >>
House of Bowls may be Houston's greatest Hong Kong cuisine.
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 >>
Photo by Sebastian MaryOn a recent post about pho ga, the Vietnamese chicken soup, I made mention of a Chow.com 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 >>
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 >>
Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.
"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 >>
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu has something for everyone.
You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.
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 >>
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 >>
A spartan Chinese cafe on Bellaire is the city's hottest new dumpling destination
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Get your chicken spiked with Szechuan peppercorns and do some tongue tripping
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Try a spice at Sichuan Cuisine that's been banned in the States since 1968
A new champion in the dim sum game
Two little restaurants serve up Houstonized Chinese food
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Sometimes when a Chinese waiter says "not for you," he's right
Dorothy Huang holds court at Ocean Palace
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The name inspires groans, but the delicious Humpty Dumpling is sitting pretty
Mings Cafe is a reminder of why America first fell in love with Chinese cooking
The Imperial Palace serves Houston's classiest dim sum -- and then some