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Dec 22, 2006 04:32 PM

[Houston] Authentic Chinese

I couldn't find any threads from 2006 on this topic so I think it's time for a fresh one. Where should I go for authentic Chinese? Any good dim sum? Is xiaolongbao still impossible to find? Any Shanghai or Sichuan restaurants?

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  1. My parents (dad from Shanghai) prefer Lucky Dragon even though most of the cuisine is Hong Kong style. They serve a Shanghai-style crab there that is excellent.

    Also, I found xiaolongbao at FuFu's Cafe in the new Dun Huang shopping center off of Bellaire. Broth is not quite as savory as the ones from Shanghai Restaurant in Dallas, but they're still xiaolongbao and that's a rarity in Texas.

    FuFu's xiaolongbao:

    FuFu's sheng jian bao:

    1. Fung's Kitchen has good dim sum, but sometimes the cart service is a bit slow if it is busy.

      1. Kent, just FYI, Fung's is leagues better than any of the dim sum places I've tried in Austin, although I haven't been to Marco Polo yet.

        1. I went to Fung's a few months ago and did not find it all that impressive. I think dim sum at T&S and Pao's in Austin may have been better. Fung's has a lot of variety but not a lot of good dishes.

          Donnaaries, I'll definitely check out those two, especially FuFu. Thanks very much. It's been nearly a year since I've had any xiaolongbao.

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          1. re: Kent Wang

            Hmmm... Well, I had some of the worst dim sum of my life at T&S, but maybe I went on a really off day. The majority of the things that should have been hot were cold, the Cheung Fun (spelling?) was bland and hard, and the presentation on all the items was lacking. I even went on a Saturday at lunchtime, which I expect is one of their busier times.

            I agree that Fung's isn't spectacular, but it is decent for what I've had in Texas. Doesn't hold up to the places in SGV/Los Angeles though.

            Let me know if you find a better place in Houston, since I would like to explore a bit while I'm here.

          2. Kent, Brother! You missed my book length post on Sichuan Cuisine where the food is far better, and the selection far more extensive than Austin's Asia Cafe. To whit:


            i went three times in 24 hours!!!


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            1. re: sambamaster

              Sambamaster, I was not aware that your domain extended into Houston. Very nice treatise you've wriiten. Do they have any dishes in the gan bian style there?

              1. re: Kent Wang

                i seem to remember that they do...check the online menu that i seem to remember having cited in that post. if it's not there, it's easy enough to find. i think they have dry fried beef, but can't recall...
                and though not that style, the "cowpeas" or however they've misnamed the pickled yard long beans with pork is astounding.

                it's well worth a visit.