Southeast Asia

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Lay's Flavor Contest Is Back, So We've Created Some Houston-Inspired Flavors Of Our Own

    Last month, potato chip brand Lay's brought back its "Do Us A Flavor" contest, which invites fans all over the nation to submit their ideas for the next great potato chip flavor. What's in it for the fans, you ask? Well, a $1 million grand prize for starters. Plus eternal glory and ultimate bragging ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 2, 2014
  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Good Food and Good People Keep Folks Coming Back to Morningside Thai

    A change of venue has done nothing to diminish this restaurant’s top-notch cuisine.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Butter- and Spice-Injected Fried Cornish Game Hen at Boheme's Test Kitchen Tuesday

    A few weeks ago, when I visited Rishi Singh of Boheme for a chef chat, we sampled one of his "test kitchen" items, a fried Cornish game hen injected with spiced butter and covered in a chickpea flour mix. At the time, the dish showed promise, but was not ready to unleash upon the world. When we cut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Team Behind D&T Drive Inn, Down House and Hunky Dory Announce New Concept

    The empire behind some of the Heights' most exciting ventures is headed north. Northern Thailand, that is. Chris Cusack, Benjy Mason and Richard Knight revealed a few weeks ago that they'll be opening a neighborhood tavern and whiskey bar at 18th and Shepherd in the coming year, and last week they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    What's a G7?: Vietnamese Coffee on the Go

    Vietnamese iced coffee done the right way is a treat and is usually reserved for weekends when you can either set up the small metal drip filter or phin, and read a newspaper as you wait for each thick caffeinated drop to settle over the layer of condensed milk at the bottom of the glass, or head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Upcoming Events: All About Bees...And Alligators.

    On Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m., Flora & Muse is hosting a gastronomical tour of Spain by Chef Kelly Boyd and Sommelier Evan Turner. The dinner will include six courses paired with Spanish wines. The first course will be a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses from different regions of Spain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 100, Bangkok Fries at Boheme

    Every year, leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we count down our 100 favorite dishes. It's a list of 100 of the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious dishes in Houston. It's a list of our personal favorites, dishes we think any visitor or native to Houston ought to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Some Excerpts From the Dead, Rope-Around-the-Dick NASA Dude's Kinky Novel

    Hair Balls was saddened to hear about the death of former NASA official Paul Muller, who was reportedly found dead in his home in Thailand, "with a rope tied around his genitals and waist and another rope tied around his neck, hanging from a knob of his bedroom door." Saddened and intrigued. And m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Ole Henriksen Promises to Give Your Eyes a Lift as the World is Coming to an End

    That damn Mayan calendar prophecy was bad enough when it was just the world exploding or being swallowed by a black hole or whatever. But, when Ole Henriksen, maker of fine rejuvenating eye care products (and name for Ikea entertainment centers), among other things, discovered that December 21 was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Tony Makes Some Authentic Thai

    When we talk about Thai food in Houston, people generally point to Vieng Thai or Asia Market. Everyone seems to overlook the Thai food out on Bellaire Boulevard, which, while not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Vietnamese, can definitely be found. One of my favorites has been Tony Thai, not only becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    When The Beach Boys Went To The Movies

    The Beach Boys have embarked on a 50th-anniversary reunion tour this year, kicking off the media blitz with a Grammy performance featuring everybody from Maroon 5 to Foster the People. As one of the pioneering rock bands of their era, the Beach Boys made a return to the spotlight that was met with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    RFK, Shot 44 Years Ago Today: Definitive, Indisputable Answers to 5 "What Ifs?" About His Political Future

    Forty-four years ago today, Robert Kennedy was shot in an L.A. hotel's kitchen and died a day later. He had just won the California primary and ended his victory speech with "And now it's on to Chicago and let's win there!" But would he have won there? Would he have beaten Richard Nixon? Let's tak ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 10, 2012
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    April 12, 2012

    The Rolling Stones, King Zog: 5 Famous Exiles, in Honor of Napoleon

    This week marks the 198th anniversary of Napoleon being exiled to Elba, a move celebrated by palindrome fans everywhere. (Able was I ere I saw Elba," you know. Exiles have been around forever, people forced to leave their country of choice for one reason or another. Sometimes it's worked out well, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2012
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    February 24, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu - A Taste of Thai and More

    Photos by Mai PhamChef Jett Hurapan's family recipe crispy whole fish with spicy tamarind sauce​The last two days, we've been chatting with Chef Jett Hurapan, who is currently at the helm of the fledgling Blu Restaurant and Lounge in Sugar Land. Today, we try his food. Before meeting Chef Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu

    Yesterday, we chatted with Blu's Executive Chef Jett Hurapan about his love of racing cars, and his background as a corporate chef opening restaurants in New York City. Today, he tells us what it's like working with his pastry chef wife, what to expect from his food at Blu, and the foods that bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Loves Race Car Driving

    Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of the new Blu Restaurant and Lounge (2248 Texas Dr; in Sugar Land's Town Square, couldn't stop smiling when I was taking pictures of him in the kitchen. "In New York, the photographers didn't want me to smile," he says, but for me he smil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    The Rise of Single-Dish Restaurants in America

    Like it or leave it, restaurants specializing in macaroni and cheese -- that ultimate "white people comfort food," as my baffled brown friends call it -- are becoming increasingly popular across the United States. From Connecticut's J.B. Mack, which bills itself as "America's 1st Macaroni and Cheese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Anal Exceus, Shi'tia Alford: More of the Best Names We've Found In Harris County Records

    Every now and then, Hair Balls reports the oddest, funniest, and most puzzling names we come across in Harris County official records -- usually but not always the crime reports. As always, a couple of disclaimers are in order. Not all, indeed not necessarily any, of these people were convicted of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata​When I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    The Eight Toughest Soldiers Texas Ever Produced (Featuring Heroism, Betrayal & Many Dead Bodies)

    Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own life​Our war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Green Berets' 50th Birthday: Five Best Pop-Culture Moments

    One hundred men we'll test today, but only three win the Green Beret.​The Green Berets, at least the unit everyone thinks of when they think of the Green Berets, are 50 years old tomorrow. President Kennedy, on one of his romantic James Bond flights of fancy, approved activating the U.S. Army' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    The 11 Sexiest, Coolest-Looking Cold War Jets

    The F-106: The delta wing in all its glory​Jet aircraft, particularly the fighters, represent a Freudian's play date. Long, slender, blisteringly fast, spewing bullets out the tip and, until recently, powered as much by testosterone as by kerosene (the main ingredient in jet fuel -- what a dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden Mission: Six Other Notable Raids; Three That Worked And Three That Didn't

    You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.​There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    My Favorite Meatball Banh Mi at Thim Hing

    Mai Pham​Walking into Thim Hing Banh Mi (11107 Bellaire Boulevard at Boone), it's as if I've been transported to somewhere in Vietnam. The grayish-green linoleum has seen better days, the Formica- topped tables are chipped, the dark-brown diner chairs have that circa-1970s look, and if I worr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Fava Beans

    luvjnx​What are they? Immortalized by Dr. Hannibal Lector in the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs, these fat, light green legumes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in civilization, and they're currently in season. Coming in a pod that's around six inches long, they require a lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Breakfast of Champorado-ions

    ​On my last visit to Filipino restaurant/grocery store Wok n Roll (which is, itself, inside another grocery store -- the H-E-B at Bellaire and Highway 6), I picked up a few items to take home. One of those, a bright red pouch of champorado, has been languishing in my pantry ever since. Champo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    A gentleman from Animal Farm lays out some bait to capture the elusive ManBearPig, said to be delicious if prepared properly.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where trading leftover Halloween candy has eclipsed fantasy football around the office. We've even got a st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Top Five Under-Appreciated Juices

    Food ThinkersWhatever happened to carrot juice? ​I know everyone and their mother are gaga for pomegranate and acai, but there's other ways to get your fruits and vegetables in liquid form without reverting to boring old apple and orange juice. Here are five juices you may have overlooked rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    It would be easier to keep Godzilla out of your neighborhood.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where discussions on where to go for lunch routinely erupt into violence, the way our comments section almost did over our article on food vs. service. Some believe that, ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 3, 2010
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    May 26, 2010

    Stir-Fried Ong Choy with Garlic

    ​When I was growing up, one of the few ways my mom got me to eat my veggies was by stir-frying them. Looking back, I'm glad it was this and not a broccoli milkshake. Ong choy is a green, leafy vegetable native to East and Southeast Asia. However, because it has grown like a weed since its in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010

    A Village Called Versailles

    It takes a village - to kick big government in the ass

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Star Snow Ice's Durian Tapioca Smoothie

    ​Sure, the drink in this photo looks like a mild-mannered smoothie, but don't let its vanilla appearance fool you. This is a durian smoothie from Star Snow Ice (9889 Bellaire Blvd.), which is one of my favorite places for bubble tea. WARNING: This smoothie is not for the faint of heart. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Top 5 Chicken Soups to Fight Off the Winter Blues

    ​Between the unforgivingly cold and dreary winter we have experienced this season and the plethora of respiratory infections it brings, soup is on our mind - chicken soup. Isn't it funny how we ignore this dish ten months out of the year, but relish it when we need a warming winter pick-me-up? ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2009

    Banh Cuon and Bug Juice

    According to an expert, North Vietnamese food without water beetle essence is like a hot dog without mustard.

  • Dining

    November 12, 2009

    Enough About Mi

    Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

  • Dining

    July 2, 2009
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    June 18, 2009

    Under the Sea 3D

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2008

    The Fish Fall in Love

    The Global Lens Film Initiative screens two movies about women and destiny

  • Dining

    November 24, 2005

    All You Need Is Larb

    The food can be great at Sabai Thai, as long as you order the right dishes

  • Dining

    October 14, 2004

    Steak and Peanut Butter

    Lemongrass Cafe: A hip Bellaire spot with a hit-or-miss menu

  • Dining

    September 20, 2001

    Desperately Seeking Sandwiches

    With Givral's temporarily out of commission, Houstonians scramble to get their banh mi thit fix

  • Dining

    October 17, 1996

    Back to Wok

    A pair of Asian pioneers return to blaze new (if familiar) paths

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    February 16, 1995
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