Sichuan Province

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Mala By Morning: Blacksmith and Mala Sichuan's Chinese Breakfast and Donut Pop-up

    "I'll have the treasure chest cereal, the empress ribs, the golden coin omelet, the pork hock with bok choy, and the point and kill mouthwatering chicken." This was our initial order, which was quickly followed by "Just add the congee to that. Oh, and the calamondin cake donut and the sichuan pepper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Underbelly Is Playing a List of "Covers" at Happy Hour

    Between 3 p.m. and dinnertime, it can be tough to find a place to eat. Many restaurants close after lunch and reopen at dinner. Underbelly's wine bar, however, stays open even when the main dining room is closed, and thanks to a new happy hour menu, there's an opportunity to go on a journey across A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Openings & Closings: April Construction Brings May Openings

    The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). This week, we're moving to the dining mecca that is Chinatown. With its huge number of incredible and authentic restaurants -- from family favorites like Fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Cheap Eats In Chinatown at Xiong's Cafe

    If you're looking for cheap eats in the form of dumplings, noodles, and rice plates, look no further than Xiong's Cafe, located on Bellaire Bouleard in a strip mall behind the more popular Sinh Sinh Restaurant. The modest hole-in-the-wall, comprised of two small rooms, offers no-frills, simple Chine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    BBQ Like A Boss: 5 Homemade Sauces for Your Labor Day Cookout

    Fire up the grills, ya'll -- it's Labor Day weekend. To celebrate the holiday and the unofficial end of summer, we're sharing 5 killer BBQ Sauce recipes ( 1 Texas-style cheat) that are easy to make and easier to eat. Slather 'em on chicken, ribs, burgers, or even your shirt (you can't wear white a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Onaga Opens Quietly -- Let's Hope It Stays That Way

    I'll admit it I bought into what you could call the "club sushi" environment of Zake Sushi Lounge. A few birthdays, one going away party and many a nights out started there -- the food was pretty good in the beginning, although it was never really about that, it was about beginning the night listeni ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Bismillah Cafe: Let's Chaat

    Bismillah Cafe specializes in spicy fusion-Pakistani food, going as hot as you dare to go.

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    Surprise Package at LA Crawfish

    American, Cajun, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai all flow together in one jumble of LA Crawfish-brand cuisine.

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Chinatown

    "You're going to do a top 10 Chinatown list, aren't you?" a reader implored last week on Twitter. Of course -- Chinatown is my favorite neighborhood for dining and exploration in the entire city. For every old favorite you visit, you're guaranteed to find at least two new restaurants to fall in love ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria

    Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 6, Ma Po Tofu at Mala Sichuan

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Where Are We Eating?

    "The original chef of this restaurant is back and the food is amazing!" wrote the photographer who took this photo of chili fried fish at a popular Sichuan restaurant right in the busy heart of Chinatown. Don't let all those bright red peppers scare you off, though. The photographer claims: "It's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Mala Sichuan's Big Sister Disappoints in Dallas

    Visiting family in Dallas this weekend, I found myself with a little down time to explore a city I very nearly grew up in but know very little about. I spent my summers as a kid split into three very different settings: Houston, Dallas and a cattle ranch in Henderson, and only eating out in one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    First Look at Nabi

    What's not to like about Nabi? I asked myself as I looked around the empty dining room on a Thursday night before the holidays. The answer is simple: There's a lot to like about Nabi, the new restaurant that replaced sushi stalwart Tomo on the Lower Westheimer curve. But the neighbors might not real ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Sichuan Bucket List

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

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Prosper at 5 AM: The Stories Behind the Dishes at Mala Sichuan Bistro

    Photos by Troy Fields​Prosper at 5 AM. Top Notch Pot of the Outlaws. Four Joy Lion Head. Couple's Lung Slices. Ants on the Tree. Mala Sichuan Bistro -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- has some of the most creatively named dishes in Chinatown on its menu, most of them under the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    First Look at E Tao

    Star of the show: sticky rice-and-pork-stuffed chicken wings.​"You should try the stuffed chicken wings," said our young waitress at E Tao as my friend Dr. Ricky and I considered which items to order from the restaurant's broad menu for dinner on Sunday night. "All the Chinese people" -- she ... More >>

  • News

    September 8, 2011

    Bring the Stink

    Readers can't wait to try Yummy Stinky

  • Dining

    August 25, 2011

    Yummy Stinky

    The fermented tofu at this Taiwanese spot is not for the faint of heart.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour

    Photo by Matthew DresdenSicilian smoked swordfish and eggplant involtini. Note the Sichuan peppercorn "sea foam" on top.​After our energetic and wide-ranging discussion (covered in Chef Chat, Parts One and Two), Chef De Pirro brought out a few of Ristorante Cavour's representative dishes, each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Food Fight: Spicy Peanuts

    ​The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    On the Menu: Three Cup Chicken at China Gourmet

    ​The Taiwanese restaurant China Gourmet is legendary for its stinky tofu. Perhaps "legendary" is too strong a word, as many non-Chinese people have probably never heard of (let alone tasted) stinky tofu, and many Chinese people can't stand it themselves. And being famous for stinky tofu is lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ma Po's Bean Curd at Classic Kitchen

    ​ It's no secret that the Taiwanese restaurant Classic Kitchen is a wonderful place for a Chinese-style breakfast, with a wide variety of buns, dumplings, pancakes, and snacky items, many of which, in China, are only available from street vendors and storefront takeaways. (Note that the breakf ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010

    Spinning Sichuan

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

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Now & Zen Wasabi White (2007)

    Photo by pberry​Bargain buys are to me what crack is to...someone addicted to crack. So when I find a decent looking wine that's not raspberry flavored or bright blue in color for under $5 sitting in a lonely shopping cart in the middle of Foodarama, I will buy it. All in the name of blogging, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #22 The Roast Beef Poor Boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #31 The Sampler Plate at Café Lili

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Rabbit, Cow & Pig

    ​Here's an appetizer plate for you: from left to right, Sichuan rabbit, sliced beef and tendons, and spicy smoked pork jowls. I selected these three cold meat dishes from the appetizer buffet at Spicy Sichuan Restaurant in the 9888 Bellaire Shopping Center. The rabbit was in tiny pieces on the ... More >>

  • 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.

  • Film

    September 24, 2009

    Second Life

    A Chinese factory reborn as condo heaven in 24 City.

  • Dining

    August 6, 2009

    Chinese Chili

    Thanks to Indians and Pakistanis, spicy Chinese Halal cooking is famous all over the world.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Mongolian Hot Pot

    Photos by Jay FrancisIt's so refreshing to find a place that isn't afraid to keep the heat in their Mongolian hot pot, spicy version. Here are two excellent places where you can test your tolerance. I had Mongolian hot pot with a group of Houston Chowhounds at the wonderful Sichuan Cuisine (9114 B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    $7 at New Hunan Restaurant in Missouri City

    Where: New Hunan, 2345 FM 1092 (Murphy Road), Missouri City, 281-499-3061 What $7 gets you: An assortment of mainstream Chinese dishes with more than half offered in the spicy hot Szechuan style. We had one dish that stepped over into the under-$13 range, but it wasn't any better than the lunch spe ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2007

    Bamboo Garden

    Tater Tots® (NOT)

  • Dining

    May 24, 2007

    Fu Fu Cafe

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

  • Dining

    July 13, 2006

    Bird with a Buzz

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

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    Psychedelic Peppercorns

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

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Noodles

    Lucky Pot

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Feeling Lucky?

    Score big at the Lucky Pot noodle shop

  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Hotter than Halal

    Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles

  • Dining

    November 15, 2001

    Six Flags over China

    Qin Dynasty puts a Disney spin on Chinese cuisine

  • Dining

    January 27, 2000

    Ooh Lai Lai!

    Easy on the pocketbook, this dumpling house is even easier on the palate

  • Dining

    October 14, 1999

    The Perils of Glitz

    Masraff's succeeds when it's subtle and thoughtful-which isn't often

  • Dining

    June 16, 1994

    Hong Kong Calling

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

  • Dining

    May 5, 1994

    Paris, Texas

    Montparnasse, er, Montrose Boulevard gets a civilized new hangout

  • Dining

    March 31, 1994

    Chopsticks at the Ready

    The modest Chinese Cafe knows how to produce a feast worth losing your poise over

  • Dining

    January 13, 1994

    New Year's Restoration

    How salvation beats dazzle, and other mysteries of the restaurant trade

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