Another dinner with dad, another new dish discovered, this time at Thien Thanh on Bellaire Boulevard. Thien Thanh is not a new restaurant of course; their banh cuon is the best in the city, and has been much lauded over by Vietnamese food lovers all over Houston. When my dad suggested we meet there ... More >>
After the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, Western agents began probing the documents long squirreled away in Soviet-satellite archives. Among the documents unearthed following Prime Minister Eric Honecker's democratic decisions was a money trail circling an Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchet ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we firmly believe that crawfish have been mollycoddled for far too long in this city. With that in mind, get prepared for this crawfish season with a little primer from our own Katharine Shilcutt. It's simple, easy-to-follow, and - f ... More >>
When I think of classic Vietnamese dishes, they are usually quite simple. There are the noodle soups such as pho, there are the rice vermicelli dishes, such as bun thit nuong, and there are rice plates like com tam bi cha thit nuong. Another dish that I grew up eating and loving is banh cuon, what I ... More >>
Photo by John SuhIt's okay to cheat in this day and age: the key to quick and good phoNow that the season of big holiday dinners is mostly over, it's time to put away those casserole dishes and serving platters, and unearth that stockpot and those gigantic soup bowls. It's time to push the c ... More >>
Featuring a proto-beatnik jet pilotWith the possible exceptions of horses and ships, no other non-speaking entity has starred in so many motion pictures as the airplane. And we love airplanes. We love them so much we've probably seen every last airplane movie worth watching, and even more tha ... More >>
Bun Bo Hue - shown with the traditional "gio heo," or pork hock There's so much more to explore and understand about Vietnamese cuisine than banh mi and pho. The regional differences in the north, central and southern regions of Vietnam mean that there are foods at which each region excels. ... More >>
This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.
According to an expert, North Vietnamese food without water beetle essence is like a hot dog without mustard.
In this week's Café review, Carl Han reveals his own formula for banh cuon dipping sauce -- a recipe that involves water beetle essence along with chile peppers and fish sauce. After demonstrating my dismal understanding of Vietnamese cuisine in my review and blog post about Banh Cuon Hoa 2, ... More >>
Thai mang da, known in Vietnamese as ca cuong, is available in the U.S. in the form of an artificial extract. It has a pleasant floral aroma with a slightly funky background scent. It is an essential flavor in North Vietnamese cuisine. Former residents of Hanoi put a drop of the stuff in the ... More >>
Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?
KTRK's investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino has done a fair amount of good, exposing mismanagement of taxpayer dollars and safety issues concerning the fire department and public schools.Then again, he also devotes significant energy to rooting out handicapped-parking cheats and wading chest-deep ... More >>
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a pote ... More >>
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