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Vietnamese Food and Cooking

  • 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 15, 2014

    State Rep. Jason Villalba Pleads Once Again for Sriracha to Bring Operations to Texas

    In January, we told you about Texas state representative Jason Villalba and his quest to convince Huy Fong Foods, Inc. to move to our fair state. At that time, complaints from the city of Irwindale, California, where the plant that makes Sriracha is located, threatened to force the company to halt p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Bloody Good: Where to Partake of Palatable Plasma

    When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it. "I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding." Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 14, Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs at Cafe TH

    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

    January 7, 2014

    Sriracha Shortage? No Problem! Make Your Own With This Simple Recipe

    In late 2013, news about Sriracha was almost as ubiquitous as those bright red bottles with the rooster logo were throughout the rest of the year. First came news that the Huy Fong Foods plant in Irwindale, California might be forced to close in November due to the offensive odors caused by grinding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 53, Bánh Canh Hue at Simply Pho

    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

    July 29, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Ginger Salmon Cakes & 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

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 27, 2013

    Nobi Public House: A Very, Very, Very Fine House

    Nobi's pub food is best when left to its "grub" devices.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza, On the Ethnic Diversity in Houston's Dining Scene, Comfort Food and Surprises on His New Spring Menu

    This is the second part of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza about his role as a chef in a big hotel restaurant. Today we talk about some of his personal influenc ... More >>

  • 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

    March 20, 2013

    How Much Pho Can You Eat in 30 Minutes?

    Rather, how much crawfish-and-andouille-sausage pho with ghost peppers and other spicy additions can you eat in 30 minutes? That's the challenge posed by LA Crawfish, the subject of this week's cafe review and home of LA Crawfish Challenge. According to one of the managers I spoke with last week, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    First Look at Nobi Public House: Craft Beer and Vietnamese Fusion in Clear Lake

    Tookie's and Stomp's aren't the only Clear Lake-area spots I visited recently. I finally made it out to Nobi Public House last weekend, after near-comically exaggerated exhortations of "How have you not been yet?!" from my beer-loving friends. How indeed? Nobi is smashing. If it were closer to my h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Get Your Sriracha Potato Chips: New Lay's Flavors Hitting Stores This Week

    Lay's potato chips announced a contest this past summer in which it asked for fans to submit their ideas for new potato chip flavors. The three best flavors would be created by the Lay's folks and pushed to stores, while the winning flavor -- and the person behind the idea -- would receive $1 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Minh Nguyen, Owner of Cafe TH and One of Houston's Best Front-of-House Personalities

    People don't go to eat at Cafe TH just for the food. Sure, the food is enough of a draw in and of itself -- the intensely spiced vegan curry with layers of vegetable flavor, the ruddy banh mi bo kho that fills your belly with heat on a cold day -- but so is owner Minh Nguyen, who's the warmest, most ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 3, 2013

    Pho to Ramen, Bulgogi to Bo 7 Mon

    The top 10 restaurants in Chinatown.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Nostalgia Is a Two-Way Street at Mai's

    Last week, we visited C&D Burger Shoppe for a heady dose of nostalgia along with our burgers and Frito pies. And although I didn't grow up eating C&D's mini burgers, the wood-paneled restaurant possessed such a striking sense of place that it was easy co-opt other people's nostalgia as my own. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    A Traditional Vietnamese Family Meal at Thuan Kieu Com Tam

    One of the first times my parents came to visit Houston, their friends invited them to eat at Thuan Kieu Com Tam (10792 Bellaire Blvd; 281-988-8865), which at the time was a rather shabby hole-in-the-wall place. To hear my dad describe it, it was practically slum-like. "When I pulled up, I couldn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt is already more than halfway through her 100 favorite dishes in town; today's entry was on pho ga. Commenter Foster Janet took a moment to admire the list so far: One thought after reading list as of now....isn't it fantastic how most of the list is ethnic in nature.  Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Only In Houston...

    Hoagies & More: A family-run restaurant serving Salvadoran and Vietnamese food.​While finishing this week's cafe review off Thanh Phuong, the phrase "only in Houston..." kept wandering through my head. "Only in Houston," I thought, "would a chef like Chris Shepherd offer to stage at a tiny, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Breakfast: Vietnamese Steak & Eggs

    Bit Tet Weekend Special ​A typical Vietnamese breakfast may look a lot like lunch. Savory dishes are preferred; a bowl of noodles, either pho or hu tieu, and chao, a traditional rice porridge, are pretty common breakfast fare. French baguettes are a favored breakfast item as well, especially a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    A First Dinner at (New) Mai's

    Joanna O'LearyLotus Root Salad​By the time I heard about Mai's , it no longer existed. As a relative newcomer to Houston, I asked a colleague to recommend a good Vietnamese restaurant. "Mai's is terrific," she said. "I mean, was terrific. [Pause]. It burned down." (Leave it to a drama student ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Mai Pham went out for oxtail pho with a side of raw veal at Pho Ga So 1 and loved it. Commenter Jay Francis is a fan of the soup too: I agree with you. I came across a recipe that recommended oxtail for the base because of its perfect blend of bone marrow, fat and meat and I haven't looked ... 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

    January 17, 2011

    Salty Lemonade at Huynh

    ​I was definitely in the mood for Vietnamese food when some coworkers and I walked into Huynh Restaurant on a chilly day last week. It was then that I realized, even though I had dined there many times before, that the place was named Best Vietnamese Restaurant in the 2010 Houston Press Best o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Almost Christmas Eve Congee

    Photo by Sebastian Mary​On a recent post about pho ga, the Vietnamese chicken soup, I made mention of a Chow.com graph that has predicted 2011 to be the year of congee (with regard to Asian comfort food dishes). Later on, reader Sunkneelion made the request: "Article on congee, please!" Sunkn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    The Great Food Truck Race: Finale

    ​Well, here we are--at the end of the food truck race, where the truth will be decided and destinies met and justice will fall down like rain...okay, maybe not, but still. It's been kind of fun getting a glimpse into what makes a good food truck run, even if every episode has made me hungrier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Brand-New Banh Mi at Cafe Shoppe

    I'm a banh mi-liever.​In the 17 years since Kim Hung Supermarket opened on St. Emmanuel, the once bustling stores inside have mostly closed down and the structure -- except for the long-running grocery store that takes up the left half of the mall -- has become a ghost town. This, of course, ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    A Student's Death

    Readers respond to the death of Bellaire senior Tobi Oyedeji.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #38 Banh Bot Chien at Tan Tan

    ​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 25, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Banh Bot Chien

    ​Let's face it: You don't want to listen to me ramble on about banh bot chien, do you? If you know what it is, you love it with the kind of passion and devotion usually reserved for the Virgin Mary or rare G.I. Joe figures still in their original packaging. If you don't know what it is, famili ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    The Big 3: Shitake Mushrooms, Sriracha Hot Sauce and Monterey Jack Cheese

    ​Sriracha is having its food moment. It's everywhere, from Bon Appetit magazine to numerous chef's tables to Asian dives. And why not? It has a great flavor and allows you to really kick up the heat factor in a dish. Lately, we've been enjoying it with shitake mushrooms and Monterey Jack chees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Bye-Bye, Mai's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​...and thanks for all the 2 a.m. pho. The popular Vietnamese restaurant, which had been a staple of Midtown dining since 1978, has been mostly destroyed by a fire that started in the rear of the second floor of the building at 3403 Milam early this morning. Although f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Waiter, Where's My Blood?

    ​I ordered bun bo hue at Huong Giang Hue restaurant the other day. Stirring around in the bowl, I couldn't find any congealed blood. When the waiter stopped by my table to see if everything was all right, I complained about the missing ingredient. Bun bo hue just isn't bun bo hue without blood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Noodles You Need to Know About

    Photos by Robb Walsh​I got a medium pho with steak and brisket at Pho Binh at 10815 Beechnut for lunch the other day. I was coming down with a cold and it worked at least as well as chicken soup. Pho Binh on Beechnut is located in a shopping center. It was the winner of Best Pho in the 2007 Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Protest Erupts as Alpha Bakery Suspends "Buy 5, Get 1 Free" Policy

    Photos by Robb Walsh​I was shocked to discover that the price of the banh mi thit at Alpha Bakery in the Hong Kong City Mall had gone up, but my reaction was downright civil compared to the guy in line behind me. Sandwiches were only $1.85 a couple of years ago, with the usual Vietnamese sandw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Houston: One Tough Town for Noodles

    ​Tho Lam, a waiter at Pho One on Westheimer at Wilcrest, told me his life story the other day. Tho works for his parents Thamh Lam and Kim Oanh Vu who own the place. The name of the restaurant is a wordplay on his mom's middle name. Kim Oanh Vu comes from a famous pho family. Her father and Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Fish Story: Crazy Irishman Sushi Roll

    In Café this week, we sampled the "Crazy Irishman" at Soma on Washington Avenue -- one of the wildest looking sushi rolls in town. It's one of the spiciest too. The roll contains salmon, tuna, and avocado which is all wrapped in green soy bean paper and then flash-fried. The crispy roll is then top ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2008

    $13 at Nam Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant on Fondren

    Where: Nam Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant, 2727 Fondren, 713-789-6688 What $13 gets you: A delicious, healthy, heartwarming meal – followed by a firm slap in the face That was my experience, anyway. I wandered into Nam not knowing what I was getting into. It’s located in a charming little mal ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2005

    Chop Sticklers

    Veterans of regular etiquette still can get forked over on ethnic foods

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 25, 2003
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    September 25, 2003
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    September 20, 2001
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    September 20, 2001

    Best Pho

    Pho Tau Bay

  • Dining

    January 25, 1996

    Family Affairs

    Mai's and Van Loc revel in large similarities - and small differences

  • News

    February 9, 1995

    Casualties of War

    Houston's Vietnamese now call Texas home, but they continue to be haunted by ghosts of the conflict that drove them here

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