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(HOU) vinh hoa in chinatown

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i love making the trek out to chinatown to this place for lunch whenever possible and i'm surprised it's never been mentioned on the boards. hands down one of the lunch best deals in houston. all items on the lunch menus are $4.25 each. 2 menus, 1 chinese (39 items), 1 vietnamese (16 items). i've only ordered from the chinese menu.

vinh hoa (dynasty shopping center)
9600 bellaire blvd #126, 77036

this is a pretty divey place with numerous fish tanks full of live fish, lobsters, geoduck clams, frogs, etc. my mother says they own a seafood wholesale operation which is how they are able to offer their seafood at such low prices.

not to be missed:
-- crisp fried whole rex sole fish (listed on the dinner menu for $16.95)
-- salt toasted shrimp

other good items:
-- shrimp, scallop, squid sauteed with tofu
-- crisp, deep-fried "desert storm" chicken ($8.25 at dinner)
-- stir-fried ong choy (vietnamese spinach)
-- manila clams sauteed with black bean sauce
-- braised bean curd "ma po" style

my boyfriend and i usually (over)order 4 or 5 dishes and take the leftovers home b/c it is such a great bargain. the fish was so wonderful last time, we may order 1 fish each the next time and couple other dishes to share.

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