Thai Food and Cooking

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    April 11, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Weekday Lunch Menu at Saint Arnold Brewery

    Saint Arnold Brewery now has a lunch menu , and it's offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the brewery and order the Saint Arnold Daily Lunch Special for $17.55, which includes the lunch special of the day, two extra courses and beer. Order the Meat and Texas Cheese Plate fea ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Chris Shepherd Dishes on Underbelly's New Dinner Series

    If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Soft Shell Crab Always In Season at Thai Spice

    For better or for worse, I often throw caution to the wind when it comes to food consumption. Potentially-sickening-yet-delicious-looking street food in Bombay? I'll try. Expired milk? No problem if it passes the sniff test. Cookie I just dropped on the floor? Of course. Which is why when I ordere ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 43, Duck Red Curry at Morningside Thai

    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 >>

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    November 25, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? The Gobbler Sandwich and More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    A First Look at Fielding's Wood Grill in The Woodlands

    The area where The Woodlands and Shenandoah meet on Research Forest Dr. has transformed from small strip centers and rows and rows of trees to a completely new area for residents and those passing through on I-45 to stop and grab a bite to eat. While many of the restaurants in this area are chains, ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Shrimp Spring Rolls & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my meal plan and grocery ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Sweet New Dessert Menu at Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro

    When owner Ron Chen puts something new on the menu at Rattan Bistro, it's usually worth a trip to his restaurant to try it. Currently, Chen is tempting us with a selection of three new desserts: Thai Sticky Rice, Lemongrass Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Pot de Crème. If you've never had the Crème ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    An Existential Question Posed by Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir-Fry

    I had a lot of questions on my first visit to the new Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir-Fry on Milam: Why is there a weird indoor-outdoor bar greeting customers when they first walk into the heavy double doors? Why did a waitress take our drink orders and then claim that she didn't? How can having so ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Eat Noodles...Without the Noodles: A Tale of Two Squashes

    Oh my gosh, you guys. Up until last week, I never knew my life was missing something. I've found a new love; a real love. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy and fills me It's really the only thing that makes sense anymore. It's spaghetti squash. I first fell in love with it when I used it ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3, John Sikhattana of Straits Shows Off Singaporean Food

    John Sikhattana Executive Chef Straits Asian Bistro 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North 713-365-9922 This is the third and final part of a three-part chef chat series. Part 1 and Part 2 ran in this space over the last couple of days. Our chat with John Sikhattana this wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    When Benadryl Won't Cut It: Common Food Allergies

    I have a friend who, for whatever reason, recently grew out of her life-long food allergies to citrus, nuts, berries and shellfish. Realizing this, she immediately went to a Thai restaurant and had shrimp Pad Thai, something she'd previously been unable to eat due to life-threatening allergies to a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 30, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    With last week's menu, I was lower-carb and lovin' it. Since I have a busy week ahead, my main goal this time around is quick and easy (but still healthy!) meals. Here's what I'm cooking: Spicy Chicken Pita w/ Sweet & Tangy Slaw Thai-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps Linguini w/ Tuna Puttanesca Med ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    First Look at Shepherd Park Draught House

    Photo by Ken SheppardTry the Korean short rib tacos...​On the end of an unassuming strip mall in Independence Heights lies Shepherd Park Draught House, the latest venture of Ken Bridge, owner of the Delicious Concepts restaurant group which also operates Pink's Pizza, Dragon Bowl and Lola. As ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Thai Basil

    Photo by John SuhThai basil in our garden​A few weeks ago, we featured Genovese basil, a staple of Italian cuisine, as the Ingredient of the Week. This week, we're highlighting Thai basil, a key ingredient in not just Thai food but many other southeast Asian dishes. What is it? Native to so ... 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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    January 17, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Texas Thai Curry

    ​Through the course of Shiftwork Bites, I've been making a conscious effort to build a semi-respectable pantry at work. Ultimately, I'd love to have one from which I might actually theoretically be able to prepare full meals with little or nothing in the way of extra ingredients brought in. Ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Hot Pot at Thai Spice, For When Winter Returns

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttDig in.​So, it's not cold and drizzly outside anymore. At least for now. When that wonderous Seattle-esque weather returns, I'll be returning to Thai Spice (8282 Bellaire Boulevard) for more hot pot -- and I won't be ordering chicken this time. The Thai Spice Expre ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 2, 2010


    Get in Our Belly

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    August 19, 2010

    Honduras in Houston

    A too-small dining scene gets a welcome addition.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Wondering what this place is? Keep reading...​A commenter on last week's restaurant roundup wondered if it was true that Brazaviva Churrascaria had closed down. Indeed, the steakhouse at 11681 Westheimer is now closed, as a commenter noted, for non-payment of rent. A sad fate for what we under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Healthy Alternatives: Mongo's Bowl

    ​Mongo's Mongolian Fire Pit (11200 Broadway Street, Ste 400, Pearland) is one of our favorite dining establishments in the relatively new outdoor mall that is known as the Pearland Town Center, despite its location on the outskirts of town. Though there isn't anything particularly original abo ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Five Delicious Alternatives to Wheat Pasta

    Photo by avlxyzWe're here to help support those daily pad thai cravings.​That's right; it's gluten-free time again here at Eating Our Words. But unlike our previous few posts which have been GF product assessments, we're instead going to spotlight some of our favorite (and occasionally overloo ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    The Appeal of Banana Leaf

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStir-fried egg noodles with seafood: a crowd pleaser.​It's been a little over six months since we reviewed Banana Leaf (9889 Bellaire Boulevard, Suite 311) -- the cozy outpost of Malaysian cuisine in New Chinatown -- and it occurred to us over the weekend that we ha ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    New Thai Joint Opens on Bangkokheimer

    ​Thai Bistro, the popular Houston Thai restaurant located at 3241 Southwest Freeway, recently opened a new location at 11660 Westheimer, the former location of Thyme Table Café. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook loved Thyme Table for reasons I never understood. I tried it and found it too b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Jinxed Restaurant Locations of the Decade

    ​Is there really such a thing as a jinxed restaurant location? Some say it is just a myth. But we beg to differ. In July, Eating Our Words featured its first list of jinxed restaurant locations. We are happy to see that some of these restaurants have beaten the curse. Feast even made it into B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    $10 Tom Yum Goong

    Photo by Robb Walsh​I have a cold. So I walk into Thai Restaurant at 5757 Westheimer and ask if they have any soup. Waitress points to the menu. Tom yum goong is $3.95. I'll take that, I say pointing at the item. Thai soups are great cold remedies, especially the shrimp, lemongrass, lime and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Seabrook Seafood Stores Are Back

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Beeline snapper was $4 a pound and American red snapper was $6 a pound at the dockside seafood markets in Seabrook a few days ago. Big gulf shrimp were $3.95 a pound -- cheaper if you bought five pounds or more. The dock for Gulf shrimp boats in Seabrook is still functioni ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 2, 2009
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    June 4, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    It wasn't a good week to be an Asian restaurant in Houston. Japanese, Chinese and Thai -- none were exempt from the executioner as three well-known restaurants closed around town. Café le Jadeite (1952 West Gray), the eye-catching Chinese restaurant in River Oaks, closed out the month of May by cl ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    October 5, 2006
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    July 20, 2006

    What a Duck

    The Golden Room

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    June 12, 2003

    1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish...

    "Deep-fried madness" delights the red-hot sushi crowd at Blue Fish House

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    September 26, 2002
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    April 11, 2002

    The Fate of Yates

    Plus: Leaf Them Alone, Thais to Houston, Culture Stock

  • Dining

    July 26, 2001

    Roll with It

    Houston chefs are creating some uniquely Texan sushi rolls

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    January 4, 2001
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    June 1, 2000

    Using Her Noodle

    Liberty's Annie Wong can negotiate a tasty truce among even the most warring ingredients

  • Dining

    October 28, 1999


    Hobbit's New Hole

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    December 17, 1998

    Those Boys from Brazil

    Forget your arteries. Surrender to the Samba Cafe.

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    August 27, 1998
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    April 23, 1998
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    May 30, 1996
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    June 15, 1995

    Diner's Notebook


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    May 25, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    Restaurant Stew

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    February 3, 1994

    Lotsa Pasta

    Just emigrated from New Orleans, Semolina's international noodles are trendy and copious -- but only intermittently scintillating

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    December 2, 1993

    Thai and Thai Again

    Nit Noi Thai restaurant has cloned itself -- which means more of their exquisite sauces to go around

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