The Other Menu at 888 Chinese

When we first went to 888 Chinese (403 Winkler Drive, 713-644-8888), we got vegetarian entrees, Chinese eggplant in garlic sauce (extra spicy - $8.50) and mixed vegetables with bean curd in a clay pot ($8.50). The eggplant was stellar - soft and spicy, with a hint of sweet. When we ran out of eggplant, we dumped the carton of rice in the container and ate garlic-sauce rice. The mixed vegetables and bean curd were fresh and generously portioned.

The next time visited, we had a bit of a sore throat and were looking forward to a late night at school. We noticed a small black-and-white menu stacked next to the regular takeout menu.

We hadn't seen this little menu the last time. The restaurant bills itself (in person, not on the menu) as a Chinese seafood restaurant. We'd found that odd until we saw very little un-fried seafood on the menu, which listed the good stuff -- gone were the fried and grilled seafood platters and General Tso's whatever. In its place were all sorts of exotic things that we can't wait to go back and try, plus all sorts of seafood dishes.

We ordered the seafood soup ($4.50) and the seafood and bean curd in a clay pot. The clay pot seafood was good, with large chunks of fish, shrimp, squid and scallops - all perfectly cooked. And the seafood soup was the perfect balance of sour and spicy, without being overpoweringly fishy. The more we had, the more we wanted. We can't wait to go back.

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