Vietnamese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Ten Best Signs You're A Houston Foodie

    Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie? Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore? Do you make a sport of going to Revi ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in EaDo (You Won't Be Sorry)

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, and Upper Kirby. Today, we're sharing our thoughts on the little section of the city known as East Downtown (or EaDo for all of you non-haters). Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Katharine Shilcutt's 10 Favorite Dishes in Houston

    In a recent Food & Wine article, restaurant editor Kate Krader called Houston "America's newest capital of great food" and listed 10 of her favorite dishes/drinks in our city to underscore her point. They included the Vietnamese Wagyu meatballs at Underbelly, the blackstrap rum daiquiri at Charity S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Get Your Caffeine Fix Without the Heat

    I've always hated the phrase "movers and shakers," but if applied literally, it's an accurate description of our city right now. With locals running around town implacably, outpacing frequent mentions from national publications (which have taken to calling us the new "it" city), it's easy to forget ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    The Zombie Banh Mi at Cafe TH Can't Be Killed

    Now in its second year, the annual Zombie Banh Mi eating contest at Cafe TH drew seven competitors on Saturday, all attempting to finish the sandwich that no one could last year. The banh mi -- so named for its capsaicin-riddled Zombie hot sauce and its association with the Houston Zombie Walk, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Midtown

    Although Midtown may be more well-known for its bars and late-night clubs, there isn't a shortage of good food to be found -- even if the neighborhood is steadily losing many of the Vietnamese restaurants that once saturated the area. In keeping with Midtown's current incarnation as the drinking-ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Amalia Pferd, Sean Carroll, John Peterson

    Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    One Pho the Money at Pho Saigon

    This past weekend I was sick as a dog. I had to leave work early on Friday to go home and curl into the fetal position, a pitiful display which was broken only by frequent bouts of hydration and moaning. Being sick is the worst, but with the powers of modern science and medicine on my side (Z-pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Vietnamese New Year Cake

    Happy New Year! Or as the Vietnamese say, Chuc mung nam moi! It's the lucky year of the Dragon -- those born between today and February 9, 2013, are predicted to live fortunate, prosperous lives. And what better way to celebrate the new year than by eating banh chung or banh Tet, the traditional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    My First: Banh Mi at Les Givrals

    ​My bahn mi cherry has been popped. A few weeks ago, after a vigorous yoga class at YogaOne, my yoga partner and I were famished and she suggested heading around the corner to Les Givrals. I'd never had banh mi and was excited to try it, having read several articles in praise of the Vietnamese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Vegan Curry at Cafe TH

    ​Cafe TH continues to evolve under the careful and creative eye of owner Minh Nguyen, the former University of Houston student who purchased the old Thiem Hung bakery from its previous owners several years ago. He added more standard Vietnamese items to the menu than just banh mi, and is now s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Gaga for Pho Ga (and GIFs)

    Photos by Troy Fields​Last year, I wrote about becoming acquainted with pho ga -- chicken pho -- at Pho Ga Dakao. I liked the place so much that, whaddya know, I went ahead and gave it a proper review. You can read all about in this week's print edition, including the free-range chickens (seen ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010

    Bistro Banh Mi

    Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    A Different Chicken Soup at Pho Ga Dakao

    ​Chances are that if you've eaten pho, the popular Vietnamese soup, you've only eaten pho bo. That is, you've only eaten beef pho. There are many reasons why beef pho is more popular than its counterpart, chicken pho, but the long and short of it is that chicken pho is finally starting to mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Banh Mi

    Cali.​Blame it on the Nom Nom kids from Great Food Truck Race--all those recaps left me with a serious craving for banh mi, the sandwich I basically subsisted on in college. When I discovered that the friend who had been DVRing the show for me had never tried a banh mi, I knew what this week' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Recipe: Hue-Style Noodle Soup

    Tam Vo​Most people are familiar with the Vietnamese beef noodle soup, pho (pronounced "fuh"). Pho is good, but bun bo Hue (pronounced boom baw way), or Hue-style beef noodle soup, is great. If pho was like flying a kite, bun bo Hue would be like flying a jet fighter: intense and not for the we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #9 Pho at Pho Binh on Beamer

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    July 1, 2010

    Pho on Fannin

    Kim Tai is the perfect place to drink a couple of cold beers and chow down on Vietnamese diner food.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #42 Banh Mi Xiu Mai at Don Cafe at 9300 Bellaire

    ​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

    April 12, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #65 Banh Cuon at Tay Ho 18 in Hong Kong City Mall

    ​ 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 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Banh Mi Dac Biet at Thien An

    ​We've been to Cali Sandwich (3030 Travis St.) more times than we can count. It's definitely our go-to cheap Vietnamese sandwich spot. But somehow, we missed Thien An (2905 Travis), only a short distance away. On a mission to get us to try his favorite Vietnamese sandwich shop, our friend br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Midtown Alternatives to Mai's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTofu and veggie spring rolls at Pho Nga.​Although old Chinatown is a shadow of its former self these days, there are still plenty of good Vietnamese restaurants lurking in shady strip centers, offering the same wonderful bowls of pho and helpings of com dia that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Memories of Mai's

    Photo by Longhorn Nation​As the whole world knows by now, popular Midtown Vietnamese Restaurant Mai's caught fire yesterday. This Houston institution is so popular, the fire has even gained national coverage outside of the culinary community, which is quite an amazing feat. So why do we mour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Vegan's Orders

    ​We recently ordered a meal from Banh Mi Hoàng (3509 Elgin St.) containing no meat products. We normally would send anything without a bone back to the kitchen, but our vegan accomplice urged us to take the plunge and try a vegan-certified Asian lunch. We had a tofu banh mi that was really un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Fast and Fresh: Pho 99

    ​Pho 99 (12002 Veterans Memorial) sits in one of the many unassuming shopping centers along Veterans Memorial. To be completely honest, we were a bit hesitant when we pulled up to the restaurant. Did we have a greasy, stomach ache-inducing lunch in store for us? We walked in to find a friendly ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009

    Pot au Pho

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

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Extra Fat and Zippy Meatballs

    ​Did you know that you can request extra fat with your pho? A Pho Binh regular let me in on this secret recently. I tried it at Pho Binh, and the waitress knew exactly what I was talking about. She brought me a small bowl with green onions soaked in beef fat skimmings from the stock pot. I won ... 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.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    My Tour Guide to Hanoi Cuisine

    ​In this week's Café review, Carl Han reveals his own formula for banh cuon dipping sauce -- a recipe that involves water beetle essence along with chile peppers and fish sauce. After demonstrating my dismal understanding of Vietnamese cuisine in my review and blog post about Banh Cuon Hoa 2, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    My First Bun Bo Hue

    ​It was almost closing time at Kim Chau, the aging and eccentric Vietnamese restaurant on Longpoint near Antoine. Kim Chau's dreary dining room, with its black-and-white checkerboard tile floor and tables covered with cobalt-blue vinyl tablecloths, glowed weirdly in the fluorescent light throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Yummy Water Beetle Essence

    ​ Thai mang da, known in Vietnamese as ca cuong, is available in the U.S. in the form of an artificial extract. It has a pleasant floral aroma with a slightly funky background scent. It is an essential flavor in North Vietnamese cuisine. Former residents of Hanoi put a drop of the stuff in the ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 2009

    Enough About Mi

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

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Banh Mi Bo Kho: Soup or Sandwich?

    ​Banh mi means "bread" in Vietnamese and thit means "ham"; banh mi thit is a ham sandwich. So when I saw banh mi bo kho on the menu at Banh Cuon Hoa #2 on Beechnut, the subject of this week's cafe review, I figured bread beef stew = a Vietnamese roast beef sandwich. Ever since I first learne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Banh Cuon: Tay Ho 18

    ​The barbecued pork in the banh cuon thit nuong at Tay Ho 18 in Hong Kong City Mall isn't as charred and crispy as the barbecued pork in the banh cuon thit nuong at Thien Thanh on Bellaire, but it's still pretty tasty. At Tay Ho 18, you can watch through a glass wall while the woman who makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Vietnamese Steak and Eggs... Holy Cow!

    ​ Tan Ba Le Baguette on the corner of Beechnut and Boone is an excellent lunch destination. This Vietnamese diner specializes in street vendor dishes at an affordable price. Ordering here is simple: Walk up to the counter and ask for steak and eggs. The steak-and-eggs combo was traditionally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Downtown Saigon Soup Stop

    ​When a reader asked me to recommend an excellent pho shop close to downtown where he could get a quick lunch, I sent him to the Pho Saigon location at 2808 Milam. And I told him to remember to put a napkin over his tie. The original Midtown location was opened by Houston's P.B. Tran in 1998. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    $13 at Pagoda

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar, 4705 Inker St., 832-673-0400 What $13 gets you: A cup of pineapple seafood soup ($5) and a big bowl of vermicelli salad ($8) or a Vietnamese sandwich ($4) and a bowl of pho ($8). Pagoda is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a chic mode ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2008

    Que Huong

    Is this humble Asian diner on Wilcrest one of the best family-style Vietnamese joints in the country?

  • Dining

    June 7, 2007

    Le Viet Restaurant & Bar

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

  • Dining

    December 29, 2005

    Sanguine Soup and Sandwich

    Bodard Bistro on Bellaire is packing them in with "not too greasy" Vietnamese food

  • Dining

    September 29, 2005

    Crispy Muc, Tender Bo

    There's a thrilling new Vietnamese restaurant on Bellaire with a menu that reads like a mystery

  • Dining

    August 4, 2005

    The Missing Fish Mint

    Nam caters to mainstream palates by keeping the flavors mild and the herbs innocuous

  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Eat Mi

    Houston has some of the best Vietnamese noodle houses in the country

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    June 19, 2003

    Jammin' Jellyfish

    Cuttle up to some tasty fish at this heavenly Vietnamese hideaway

  • 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 9, 1997

    Huynh-ing Combination

    At Miss Saigon, restaurateur Doan Huynh gets everything right

  • Dining

    September 14, 1995

    Out of Vietnam

    The lowly sandwich is elevated to new heights as bnh m" thit

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