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bearmi Oct 11, 2010 05:56 PM

I will be visiting friends in Houston next month and I am curious to explore Chinatown/Chinese shopping centers in and around Houston. Can you recommend a few Chinese places that are popular there? Also, if there are restaurants that serve Taiwanese food, pleease also let me know. Thank you!

  1. DoobieWah Oct 12, 2010 05:16 AM

    Since I'm apparently up the earliest this morning. I'll say Welcome to Houston, and recommend the Hong Kong Market Mall, (if it has another name, I don't know what it is). It is located on the southwest corner of Bellaire and Boone.

    At one end you have Ocean Palace that's been my go-to dim sum place for many many years.

    At the other end you have Tay Do, and while I've never eaten here, we used to frequent another location at Hwy 6 and Westheimer. It's Viet/Chinese and very good. In between you have dozens of stores like Hong Kong Market which is at least a monthly stop for me, as well as Pho shops, music shops, liquor stores, bakeries, clothing, an herbalist, etc., etc., etc.

    From there, just drive east or west on Bellaire for hundreds of more groceries, shops, services and restaurants.

    I can't help with the Taiwanese, but if you find a good place, please let us know. That would be new to me, (I think).

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    Ocean Palace Restaurant
    11215 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-01, Houston, TX 77072

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      air Oct 12, 2010 08:40 AM

      Tay Do is one of my favorite Vietnamese/Chinese restaurants. I love their clay pot dishes (specifically fish in clay pot).

      Fung's Kitchen or Ocean Palace are both good for dim sum.

      Taiwanese food, see this thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7107...

      And I have a question: Lai Lai's dumplings have slipped based on my recent experiences with them. Anyone else know a good place to go nowadays?

      One thing that I'm curious about (and I hope this doesn't derail the thread):
      I see OP is from New York, so any particular reason why you seek Chinese food in Houston? Just saying that since I imagine the quality is far better where you are from.

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      Ocean Palace Restaurant
      11215 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-01, Houston, TX 77072

      Fung's Kitchen
      7320 Southwest Fwy Ste 115, Houston, TX 77074

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        bearmi Oct 14, 2010 03:36 PM

        Ha.. Thanks for asking.... Actually, I am seeking Chinese food because I will be visiting non-Chinese friends during Thanksgiving and I will really miss Chinese food by the end of my trip! (Omg.. roast turkey for more than 1 meal is a death sentence to me!) Also, I have heard that Houston has a large Chinese population so I was curious about the quality of Chinese food there. I am sure with the reco's here I will find something good :)

    2. Lambowner Oct 12, 2010 08:05 AM

      Houston has 2 distinct Chinatowns, Old Chinatown, east of downtown, and New Chinatown, which is larger by far and located all along Bellaire between Hwy 59 (Southwest Freeway) and Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway). There are a lot of good Chinese lunch buffets in Old Chinatown. In New Chinatown, the massive Fung's Kitchen at 7320 SW Frwy is one of our favorites, especially for Peking Duck. And they have Dim Sum all the time. But really, there are literally hundreds of Chinese (and other regional) restaurants in this area that I've never been to. Try googling Chinatown Houston. Local bloggers are prolific in their posts on this area.

      www.fungskitchen.com

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      Fung's Kitchen
      7320 Southwest Fwy Ste 115, Houston, TX 77074

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        bearmi Oct 14, 2010 03:30 PM

        Thanks to all of you for the info... I will take a look at the links and check out these interesting places! Bon Appetite!

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        grbroderick Oct 20, 2010 04:09 PM

        Some of my recommendations in the Bellaire chinatown area:

        Hong Kong Food Street - HK cuisine, seafood
        Fu Fu Cafe - dumplings! soup dumplings!!
        Central China -- a little harder to find, but worth it.
        HK Dim Sum -- not related to HK food street, TTBOMK
        Chinese Cafe -- decent Chinese 'fast food'

        I know of a nice Shanghainese place, also in the same area, but can't think of its name - it is a small hole-in-the-wall spot.

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        Central China Restaurant
        9390 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

        Fu Fu Cafe
        9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

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          Bulldozer Oct 28, 2010 07:53 AM

          Great recs. I'd add Shanghai Restaurant (on Bellaire) and Peking Cuisine (on 59). Those two and Fu Fu are my three favorites.

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          Peking Cuisine Restaurant
          8332 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

          Fu Fu Cafe
          9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

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            air Oct 29, 2010 06:02 AM

            Have you been to Lai Lai as well? How do Fu Fu Cafe's dumplings compare?

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            Fu Fu Cafe
            9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

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            htownjojo Oct 29, 2010 11:13 AM

            Definitely the Bellaire area is the place to go. We love Xiongs Cafe...located in a strip center just off Bellaire....very good spicy beef noodle soup :)

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            Xiong's Cafe
            9888 Bellaire Blvd Ste 150N, Houston, TX 77036

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              bearmi May 23, 2013 04:11 PM

              Hi Guys. I will be coming to Houston this weekend again : ) (And I have been visiting every 3 to 6 months since 2010). Over the last few years I have been to a few Chinese places, specifically Yummy Kitchen and Xiong's and Cafe 101. I also loved the Little Sheep Hot Pot restaurant. Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to share.
              I will try to make it to FuFu Cafe, Peking Restaurant and other recommended restaurants this time and in the future too! I am just trying to increase the inventory of Chinese restaurants I can go to.

              Thanks in advance!

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                brucesw May 23, 2013 07:02 PM

                Definitely Fu Fu Cafe, Mala Sichuan Bistro for Sichuan, Six Ping bakery (2 locations) and Sandong Noodle House are some of my favs. Pine Forest Garden for Buddhist vegetarian fare if you're interested.

                Here's a list by the Press' outgoing reviewer from earlier this year, though it's not all Chinese places you may find it helpful.

                http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...

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                  bearmi May 24, 2013 04:07 PM

                  Thank you! I will take a look at it. I will continue to try and explore new places as I visit Houston in the future!

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                  neointima May 26, 2013 01:22 PM

                  Star Snow Ice (specifically the one behind Cafe 101) has really good Taiwanese style fried chicken nuggets and beef noodle soup.

                  In the same plaza, Nu Cafe Shaved Ice is really great too - they make a big block of flavored ice and then shave it rather than using unflavored ice!

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                    bearmi Jun 7, 2013 11:06 AM

                    Wow.. sounds yummy. I will have to try it out next time. Thanks!

                3. arashall May 28, 2013 06:26 AM

                  This is kind of an old thread, but since it seems to have been revives, I finally got down to Peking Cuisine this weekend, and it was delicious! And they were very gracious to us as the only non-Chinese speakers in the place!

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                    bearmi Jun 7, 2013 11:07 AM

                    No problem. My friend will be in Houston for many years to come. I will have plenty of opportunities to visit Houston so any suggestion is helpful! Thank you.

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