Today we have an entry from guest blogger Chin Mei.
I am a recent arrival to Houston from Australia. I am a Malaysian Chinese but have lived in Perth, Australia for the last 10+ years. As a typical Asian, we generally look for good food whenever we are in a new city. So it is not surprising that we have already headed to Chinatown (along Bellaire Boulevard) on the first weekend in Houston. We were very impressed with the large selection of restaurants and cuisines found on Bellaire Boulevard and the numerous Asian grocery stores that stock more variety of obscure Asian ingredients than we find in Perth. We are in foodie heaven here!
And because there is such a huge selection of restaurants, I have compiled this list for Finding Houston outlining the better Asian restaurants that we have come across over the past year.
For Dim Sum/Yum Cha
The most popular or well known Asian food is probably dim sum or yum cha. (Note: Dim Sum refers to the food whilst yum cha translates to drinking tea. Together, these two terms are used interchangeably to refer to visiting a dim sum restaurant).
1. HK Dim Sum – Suite 110, 9889 Bellaire Blvd.
2. Dim Sum King – 9160 Bellaire Blvd.
Don’t be deceived by the size of these restaurants. Both of them occupy only one shop space and therefore are ‘small’ in size but they do good authentic dim sum. They are usually not too crowded if you go early. You tick your choices on a paper menu (in English) and the dim sum is cooked to order. Aside from the usual steamed dim sum, I would encourage you trying the rice flour roll (BBQ pork or shrimp or beef) which takes a bit of skill for the chef to prepare and also delicious to eat!
1. Banana Leaf – Suite 311, 9889 Bellaire Blvd. This restaurant specialises in Malaysian food – think satays, Indian roti (flat bread) and good asian stir fry or soup noodles. If you are adventurous, try the Bak Ku Teh (herbal pork bone soup) which is usually quite rare to find in restaurants.
2. Fung’s Kitchen – 7320 South West Freeway. This restaurant specialises in Cantonese cuisine (food from Guangzhou region in China and Hong Kong). This restaurant is beautifully decorated and spacious so I will recommend this one if you are entertaining guests. You can find Peking Duck here, which is usually offered in 2 or 3 courses. One of the courses is usually peking duck pancakes. I will also recommend sang choy bao/lettuce cup wraps. This is also a seafood restaurant with plenty of fresh seafood in tanks.
3. East Wall Restaurant – Suite 301, 9889 Bellaire Blvd. Similarly, they prepare Cantonese Cuisine. Good for casual dinner.
For Breakfast or Lunch
1. Shanghai Restaurant -9119 Bellaire Blvd. This is our current favourite. As the name suggests, it specialises in Shanghai cuisine which is predominatly dumplings and noodles. There are many varieties of dumplings but we still think the classic Shanghai dumpling is the best. For those who are not familiar with Shanghai dumlping, it is common to have some ‘soup’ within the dumpling, so beware when you bite into one as you might get scalded with hot ‘soup’. The other dish that we like very much is the mustard green and pork noodle soup. My children likes the plain steamed buns which comes with condensed milk for dipping.. yum!
Hope you take some time out to visit these places and discover the foods we love.
Do you have a favourite Asian Restaurant in Houston? Let us know your recommendations in the comments section.