Southeast Asia

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Don't Call Al Hoang a Communist or He'll Sue

    Politics is an ugly business, but things went from ugly to violent this week when supporters of state Rep. Hubert Vo, Democrat, and those backing Republican opponent Al Hoang showed up at an early voting center in District 149 on Monday afternoon. Hoang's party took offense to a banner that Vo's su ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    January 7, 2014

    Top 5 Asian Sodas That You Should Try

    Soda may be almost as American as apple pie, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't making a good show of producing their own noteworthy varieties of pop. Special props go to Asia (yes, the whole continent), whose diverse component countries have come up with some wicked good soda brands. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    This Week's Cafe Review: A Step Back in Time to French Indochina At Ba Mien Bistro

    When I think Vietnamese food in Houston, I think Midtown. I think Little Saigon, and hole-in-the-wall bánh mì shops and wonderful pho with very little charm. Ba Mien Bistro, the subject of this week's cafe review, might just change that notion. When you step inside, you're immediately greeted ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013
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    May 16, 2013

    The Pho-ndamentals

    A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Blood Clams on the Menu Tonight at Cove

    In case this week's restaurant review wasn't enough to get you in to try Cove for the first time, maybe the subtle threat of danger will be more convincing. The cockle you see above is called a blood clam. It's very rare for these to show up Houston, as importing the blood clams from Southeast Asia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    What Is Houston Cowboy?

    I spend too much time on the Internet, but occasionally get rewarded for my rabbit-holing with stuff like Houston Cowboy. (And this GIF of a kitten getting slapped by a cat for wearing a dumb bowler hat.) I saw Houston Cowboy floating around in a few places yesterday and decided to figure out what t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 28, 2012

    Happy Memorial Day: 10 Songs To Honor Our Veterans

    Memorial Day, the last Monday of May is a federal holiday originated to commemorate our country's fallen soldiers. Yes, some view it as a work holiday and a good time to barbecue, but our veterans would have to disagree. To honor our vets, we put together a playlist this day in remembrance of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Happy Malaria Day! A Feverish Playlist

    Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the Spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellant cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosquito netting in order to ensure Santa Carrier wouldn't visit her with his magic bag of plague. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Banh Cuon Like They Make it in Hanoi

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Google Auto-Complete Answers: Why Are My Pants...

    All good questions.​Randomly typing the start to questions into Google launches a whole host of weirdness that changes depending upon the searches people type into the search engine giant. Not only are they often interesting, but down right strange? I've been sampling this phenomenon lately a ... More >>

  • Film

    May 26, 2011

    Bros Roofie'ing Bros

    The Hangover Part II: Didn't we already see this movie?

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    The one in the tiara will not be putting up with your crap today, thanks. Probably not tomorrow, either.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've constructed a gigantic, hollow Peep with our leftover Easter Peeps and we're trying to come up with a way to lure Ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Top 5: Worst Restaurant Parking Lots

    ​Houston's got them. You know them. Here are the worst. 5. Yia Yia Mary's Greek Kitchen Maybe it's for a lack of intelligence, but I'm always in a complete state of confusion when I pull into this parking lot. In a 20-yard radius, you can park at a bank, a restaurant, a garage, various bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs at Nidda Thai Cuisine

    ​Geri Maria Harris's recent post on Houston's Top 5 Thai Restaurants definitely included one of my favorites: Nidda. Geri named stir-fried eggplant and the Nidda Shrimp as standout dishes; to that list I would add the Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs. I'm always seeking out my favorite crustacean ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    December 28, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Thai Red Rice

    ​ What is it? There are several varieties of red rice. This particular bag, as far as I can tell, is just a medium grain rice with a red bran on the outside instead of brown. It is nuttier, sweeter and a bit chewier than white rice and contains more nutrients and fiber because it still contai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    The Wonton Soup at Vietnam

    ​With temps falling, I've had soup on the brain lately. I recently headed over to Vietnam Restaurant (605 W. 19th Street) for some wonton soup. You'd be hard-pressed to find better in the city. The beauty is in the simplistic approach the good people at Vietnam take to soup preparation.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Better With Franco-Prussian War?

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. Alli Curtis​When Rocks Off was a small child we built a volcano as a History Fair project, and we promise i ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 7, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    Phuong Anh: New Houstonian Tells Of Her Time As Near-Slave

    Photos by Paula BeltránPhuong Anh told a harrowing tale of survival​The promise of a $300-per-month job was enough to convince Phuong Anh to sell her home in Vietnam and move to Jordan. Things didn't turn out like she expected. Earlier this week a tearful Anh told her story of resilience and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Trying the Pitaya

    ​The dragonfruit, or pitaya, is known for its great health benefits, and it's touted on the side of juice bottles and energy drinks for its vitamin, fiber and mineral-rich context. Bolder distributors even state that the fruit has been used to treat everything from diabetes to asthma. Really.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Teala's Thai-Mexican Fusion: Cochinita Pibil

    ​It's a little known fact that Teala's Mexican Restaurant and Bar on West Dallas actually serves a Thai-Mexican fusion menu. Thai and Mexican flavors have a lot in common -- they both use lime, cilantro and very hot peppers -- so the marriage of the two cuisines is a logical pairing.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Spotlight On: The Mangosteen

    ​A couple months ago, I ventured out to 99 Ranch Market and saw some fresh mangosteens parked in the middle of the fruit section. Although I was curious about how they tasted, I was put off by the price ($8.99/pound) and the fact that they looked pretty tired in comparison to the surrounding a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Vietnamese Banana Cake

    ​If Vietnam were to have a national fruit, it would probably be the banana. With so many different varieties available, there's a banana for practically every culinary need. The Vietnamese banana cake is similar to fruitcake in density and texture but is unlike fruitcake in that people love to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    G.I. Blues: A Soldiers' Playlist

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009

    Pot au Pho

    This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.

  • Dining

    September 24, 2009

    Remarkable Rendang

    Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.

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    September 10, 2009

    “Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea”

    2,000 years worth of Vietnamese culture is on display at MFAH

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    April 9, 2009

    Sordid Lives

    Web exclusive!

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    February 27, 2009

    Rambutan: The Hairy Fruit

    Rambutan is a tropical fruit native to Indonesia and the Phillipines that we seldom see on the mainland. The name either means "hairy" in Indonesian, or "weird hairy red pods from an alien life form," I forget which. It sure tastes good though. When you cut the hairy pod open there's a white fruit ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Stephen Hunter

    The fifth Bob Lee Swagger novel shoves it all in there

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    October 6, 2008

    Bring On The Protesters: Vietnam To Open Houston Consulate

    The Vietnamese community in Houston has long been a vibrant and active one, and it looks now like they'll be getting some recognition for it. After months of rumors, it appears the Vietnamese government is going ahead with a plan to open a consulate here. Right now Vietnam has consulates only in W ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 7, 2007

    Le Viet Restaurant & Bar

    Sometimes Anglo-friendly Vietnamese food does taste better than the real thing

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    December 28, 2006



  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    So How Big Are the Fries?

    Courtesy of Bob's BBQ & Grill They're gonna need a bigger to-go bag. Think you're a tough guy cuz today you'll be lunching on a one-pound burger at Fuddruckers or Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar? You might be big s*** here, but you're a wee baby in Thailand. Last week (remember, news travels v ... More >>

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    April 6, 2006
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    November 3, 2005

    Damn Fine Fish Heads

    Keep an open mind: Malaysian food is full of surprises

  • Dining

    March 17, 2005

    Thai High

    Do you want your dinner "bong-hit hot" or "acid-flashback hot"?

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    Man Eating Mermaid

    Erawan Authentic Thai Cuisine

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Thai Raid

    In America, Thai dishes are being toned down. The Thai government wants to step in to stop it.

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    Where the Home Fires Really Burn

    Vung Thai Cafe serves the food your mom would make -- if she were Thai

  • Dining

    March 23, 2000

    Bloody Good

    Gold Ribbon serves up an expansive spread of Filipino dishes. Just don't ask what's in them.

  • Dining

    December 28, 1995

    Going for the Gold

    A pair of culinary outposts bring the taste of the Philippines to the Medical Center

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