Korean Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Ramen: Where to Get the Trendy Dish in Houston and What's Next

    For every one person in Houston who complains that the ramen fad is over, there are ten more people who get really excited about every new ramen joint opening and every bowl they have yet to try. Like the cupcake, ramen refuses to die. Fortunately, as Houston's ramen universe continues to expand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Ladybird Food Truck Not For The Birds

    Here's one more reason to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, especially on Thursdays: Ladybird food truck. Officially open 6 p.m. to 8.p.m. (though they arrive earlier and will happily take orders), Ladybird fuels art enthusiasts, strolling couples, and passing motorists (those, that is, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Kimchi Koagie Is a Killer

    In my continuing quest to sample Houston's cheesesteak options, I have been stalking Koagie Hots. Although the truck follows a fairly predictable schedule that regularly includes nearby (for me) Boondocks, finding it when it was open proved difficult in light of this writer's bedtime, which many oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Spring Branch

    Oh, Long Point Road. You are a foodie's dream destination. There are consummate favorites Vieng Thai and El Hidalguense. There's Korea House, one of the most popular Korean restaurants in town, and Tacos Del Julio, home of greasy but delicious trompo. Detour a little and you'll find Polonia, Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 99 Fat Fries at Fat Bao

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Korean Fried Chicken

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're taking on Korean fried chicken. Korean-style fried chicken is fried twice, resulting in a skin that's way cri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 27, Kim Cheese Fries at Coreanos

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Nara Debuts Chef's Table With Unique Dishes and Deluxe Ingredients

    "I flew in a special cut of meat from Japan for you tonight," said chef Donald Chang of Nara, grinning mischievously. "It cost more than $1,000 just for this piece of beef." He paused and let that sink in before adding quickly, "I hope it's good!" He needn't have worried. Those of us gathered aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Sesame Hut: This Korean Beef Is Cheap, and It Is Delicious

    Can Korean beef for $5.99 be any good? Sesame Hut proves it can be.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Top 10 Projected Food Trends for 2014 in Houston

    Looking back at 2013, the foods that really stick out in our minds are the trendy ones: Cronuts. Sriracha. Pretzel buns. Kale. These dominated the discussions on food blogs, in culinary magazines and on morning talk shows. So with 2014 approaching, we thought we'd get ahead of the game by predicti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 58, Grilled Cheese at The Golden Grill

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 63, Korean Spiced Brisket Plate at Revival Market

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Top 10 French Fries

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten French Fries

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Do Not Touch This Bowl! Hot Stone-Grilled Bulgogi at Bibijo Express

    You don't have to say Stone Bowl Grilled Bulgogi. Just say Number 18.

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013

    Finally Visiting Cuchara

    An evening of highs and lows.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The Ramen Experiments at Soma

    I love ramen. Like the ubiquitous pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) you find all over Houston, to me, ramen is comfort in a bowl of noodles. Hearty, filling and affordable, if done well it's one of those dishes that you'll come back to time and again. It's one of those dishes I crave. Regularly. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Kimchi Ramen and a Flaming Hot Cheeto Roll at Miso Yummy: Ramen Purists Beware

    While half the city was gorging themselves on ramen at Goro & Gun this weekend, I lucked upon a less crowded spot to slurp noodles: the front patio of Inversion Coffee House, where brand-new food truck Miso Yummy was parked only a few feet away. (Full disclosure: I ended up eating ramen at Goro & Gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Welcome to The Good Life

    I'm not sure if co-owners Jeff and Darren Van Delden were inspired by Kanye West's song Good Life when they named their new Midtown bar, but I can't say the name of their spot without singing the hook and wanting to make it rain. If you have been to the Van Deldens's other properties Saint Genevieve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Soma Sushi Offers an Amazing Deal During Houston Restaurant Weeks

    There are several restaurants offering four-course dinners during Houston Restaurant Weeks instead of the traditional three-course dinners, and I'll admit that this is the main reason I chose Soma Sushi for dinner with a friend last Saturday night: the opportunity to eat four dishes for only $35 (fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Keep on Truckin': Chi'Lantro BBQ

    Chi'Lantro BBQ is a Korean Mexican fusion truck -- the name is the combination of two of the most important ingredients in the two cuisines, kimchi and cilantro, respectively. The truck started in Austin and came to Houston at the beginning of this year. My first encounter with Chi'Lantro was in Aus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Sashimi, Korean-Style: Hwe at Dadami

    What's pictured in the video above has several things in common with what's offered at Dadami, the subject of this week's cafe review: green perilla (or shiso) leaves, red gojuchang sauce, dark brown soy sauce, a bowl of minced garlic and chiles and -- of course -- super-fresh sashimi, or raw fish. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 12, 2012

    Stew on This: One Pot Meals From Around the World

    Family-style dining is a universal trend in food. There are cultures whose every meal is shared, served in a communal pot with some sort of bread or grain as an accompaniment. With origins in leaner times, one-pot meals exist the world over, bringing families together in good times and in bad. G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: John Sikhattana, Ji Kang, Junnajet Hurapan

    When we started this Where the Chefs Eat series a few weeks ago, one commenter scoffed at the notion that chefs actually care where they eat in their downtime. While it's true that many chefs choose expedience over gourmet after dark, most of the answers we've gotten have been thoughtful and reveali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Benjy Mason of Down House and His Take on Classic American Dishes

    Benjy Mason Down House 1801 Yale St. 713-864-3696 This is the last installment of a three-part chef chat series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2. For the last two days, we've been chatting with Down House's executive chef, Benjy Mason, about his love of Chinese food as a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    Chutzpah and Cat Cora on Top Chef: Texas

    ​I still don't have DVR, but I do now have a refurbed Roku box from Woot, which is nice. I mention this because any single episode of Battlestar Galactica that you can stream from Netflix is a million times better -- no hyperbole here, I really mean a million times better -- than any single episod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Korean Seasoned Soy Bean Paste

    Photo by John SuhBibigo's ssamjang: ready-to-eat​Last week, we brought you gochujang, a red pepper paste used in Korean cuisine. This week, we give you ssamjang, a Korean seasoned dipping paste that uses gochujang as an ingredient. What is it? Ssamjang is a thick and spicy dipping paste tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Our 5 Favorite Chilled Soups for the Summer

    Photo courtesy of TintosA refreshing gazpacho trio for summer.​Hope you enjoyed our gorgeous spring, folks. It's summer again, more or less. And there's a lot of it left to go. Last weekend, even though it was a pleasant 62 degrees outside in New York, I found myself taking solace in a creamy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    There's still time to buy your tickets to the Great Gulf Dinner, happening tomorrow -- Saturday, October 16 -- at The Usual from 2 to 6 p.m. $15 buys you a plate filled with delicious Gaido's seafood and sides along with an afternoon of great live music and a raffle with prizes you can only find at ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    June 18, 2009
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    November 13, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    Hanging Out in the Food Court at H-Mart Korean Grocery Store

    The brand new H-Mart Korean Grocery Store (1302 Blalock) features a food court with five dining choices. My current two favorites are Sobahn Express and China Factory Mini. China Factory Mini has my new favorite dish: noodles with black soy bean sauce ($6.00). A combination of stir fried onions a ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    February 3, 2005

    Canine Cuisine

    Pound-for-hound, some of the best doggone dishes around

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pupusas

    El Pupusodromo

  • Dining

    October 27, 1994

    Korean Adventure

    Camellia Korean leads you to take chances -- and make discoveries