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I know that there are 2 Chinatowns in Houston, and zillions of restaurants. But with so many many choices, I have to ask you...

1) What do you think is the best Chinese restaurant in town? I"m looking for a place that serves really spicy foods -- I can't stand most American Chinese restaurants as they are mostly bland, and when someone recommends a restaurant, it's usually because they like some dish that is very syrupy like sesame chicken (which I personally believe should be served as a dessert, not a main course meal).

2) Is there any place in Houston that serves Sichuan Hot Pot (you know, like the Chinese version of the fondue where pieces of food is cooked in a hot chili oil)?

3) What do you consider the best place to have dim sums?

Thanks!

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888 on Winkler near Woodridge is my favorite. Fresh ingredients and no mystery meat. There are many authentic dishes as well that aren't on the menu so if you want something particular, they'll make it. Prices are ridiculously cheap as well.

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888 on Winkler near Woodridge is my favorite. Fresh ingredients and no mystery meat. There are many authentic dishes as well that aren't on the menu so if you want something particular, they'll make it. Prices are ridiculously cheap as well.

i'll second 888!

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i'll third 888!

the food is always fresh and they have great service

i'll have #26, please

I live near there, so I'm going to have to check it out. I've been trying to find a decent chinese joint near this area. The only other one that I heard about that I haven't had a chance to visit is the one by the Moulon rouge on Monroe.

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i'll third 888!

the food is always fresh and they have great service

i'll have #26, please

I typically go to either 888 for quick, fast Chinese that is damn good or to Canton Seafood for more fancy dishes. 888 is very reasonably priced and good, I like getting the whole fish that is more than enough for 2 people. Canton has all kinds of stuff on their menu and even if its a seafood place, their duck is really good. Seafood Hot Pot in XO sauce, mmm, good.

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i am not an expert on Dim Sum, But I really like the one on Sundays at Ocean Palace.

It is a HUGE two story place in the Hong Kong City Mall on Bellaire (in "New" Chinatown).

Sunday is an experience as whole place fills up with humanity. But they are able to handle the crowd..this place is gigantic. If you don't know Chinese then you have to do a lot of pointing and guessing. The food is great, epsecially the seafood, but the overall experience is spectactular. If you don't like crowds, Saturdays are a little more manageable.

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I know that there are 2 Chinatowns in Houston, and zillions of restaurants. But with so many many choices, I have to ask you...

1) What do you think is the best Chinese restaurant in town? I"m looking for a place that serves really spicy foods -- I can't stand most American Chinese restaurants as they are mostly bland, and when someone recommends a restaurant, it's usually because they like some dish that is very syrupy like sesame chicken (which I personally believe should be served as a dessert, not a main course meal).

2) Is there any place in Houston that serves Sichuan Hot Pot (you know, like the Chinese version of the fondue where pieces of food is cooked in a hot chili oil)?

3) What do you consider the best place to have dim sums?

Thanks!

Hi there, just browsing the forum and saw your question. Here is a place to help you answer your questions:

Houston Asian Restaurants Guide.

It has a list of top Chinese restaurants picks, great place to eat Sichuan Hot Pot (Sichuan Cuisine in New Chinatown), and of course favorite dim sum places.

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Best Dim Sum is at Fung's Kitchen.

The wife and I are going to hit Fung's Kitchen tonight for some Dim Sum. Fired up.

I have never had Dim Sum before. What should I look for and what should I "watch" out for. I love egg rolls, dumplings, crab puffs, spring rolls, cheese toast, spare ribs, and every other appetizer you usually see on a chinesse food menu. Is this what I should expect or is totally different.

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The wife and I are going to hit Fung's Kitchen tonight for some Dim Sum. Fired up.

I have never had Dim Sum before. What should I look for and what should I "watch" out for. I love egg rolls, dumplings, crab puffs, spring rolls, cheese toast, spare ribs, and every other appetizer you usually see on a chinesse food menu. Is this what I should expect or is totally different.

I had my first trip to Fung's yesterday after hearing all the recommendations online. I was happy to just find a dim sum place. I moved from san francisco to houston two months ago and found out that the chinese food here is based more on northern chinese cuisine, and very few southern chinese or hong kong cuisine (like dim sum), and therefore, there are very few dim sum places.

I used to have dim sum like very two weeks and trying different places each time (they are everywhere in california), the ones to try are always har gao(shrimp dumpling), siew mai(squarish pork dumpling that has shrimp and mushroom in it). char siew bao(roast pork bun).

My favorites are pan fired turnip cake, and pretty much anything that has tofu skin wrapped around it. They either pan fry/stew it (the ones with pork wrapped in it) or deep fry it (the ones with shrimp wrapped in it.) Naturally, I tried all those at Fung's yesterday. It was mostly ok compared to what I had before, but the 'za leung', that is the fried dough wrapped with rice noodle (not really noodle but I forget what it is called) was good. They also have an extensive desert dim sum menu, which I did not try but looks good at other patrons' tables.

I wish they had pushed the dim sum cart around like most other dim sum places, where you can pick and choose from the cart, instead of ordering them from a menu. The noise and smell from the carts rolling around is what creates the atmosphere of a dim sum place.

And I accidentally ordered the egg roll when I wanted deep fired shrimp ball. I hate egg rolls but you might like it if you like those regular egg rolls that can be found at every other chinese restaurant.

And if you are really into it, you can try the chicken feet and beef tripe. I like beef tripe but didn't order it.

Overall, I think the dim sum is average, but I am just happy to have some after two months without it.

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Does anyone know if Canton set up a temporary spot after they closed the strip center where they are located? That spot at Richmond and Kirby was in vast need of a remodeling, but it took away one of my favorite spots for Chinese.

As for Fung's, I would imagine that on Sunday they do the push cart dim sum service, but on a weekday can understand why they wouldn't do it.

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Out the SW Freeway next to the old BMW dealership.

7320 S.W. FWY., Suite 115 Houston, TX 77074

Sunday is the best day.

http://www.fungskitchen.com/

AWESOME Choice MidtownCoog. We loved Fung's Kitchen. We learned that Dim Sum is a lunch thing so we will have to go back for that, but the steamed pork dumplings were amazing and the food / atmosphere was tremendous. Thanks for the tip. We will be going back. Maybe for a Sunday Dim Sum Brunch.

I am a food guy and I love all sorts of cusine. Chinese is one of my favorites and I think this place is defeinetely in my top 5.

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After all those recommendations, I'm mighty hungry. And I will be again in three hours.

Seriously though, I have to check out that 888 place now.

just got back from there an hour ago. my parents don't even eat chinese and i have them hooked too! get something with garlic sauce. i promise you'll like.

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just got back from there an hour ago. my parents don't even eat chinese and i have them hooked too! get something with garlic sauce. i promise you'll like.

Well, I just started going to 888, and I have admit, it's the best in this part of town! I am now a semi-regular when I'm on my way home.

Just been having the typical stuff for now, but I'm going to try some of their specialty plates in the near future, I do highly recommend this place!

:wub:

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Another treasure of a resturant is Tan Tien on Bellaire @ cook. it's located in a strip center behind another building.

Anyway, I haven't tried any of the specialty dishes they have, but the basics are well done, well served, and at a very reasonable price.

Oh god, how i miss living near the galleria. It was so close to everything.

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I know that there are 2 Chinatowns in Houston, and zillions of restaurants. But with so many many choices, I have to ask you...

1) What do you think is the best Chinese restaurant in town? I"m looking for a place that serves really spicy foods -- I can't stand most American Chinese restaurants as they are mostly bland, and when someone recommends a restaurant, it's usually because they like some dish that is very syrupy like sesame chicken (which I personally believe should be served as a dessert, not a main course meal).

2) Is there any place in Houston that serves Sichuan Hot Pot (you know, like the Chinese version of the fondue where pieces of food is cooked in a hot chili oil)?

3) What do you consider the best place to have dim sums?

Thanks!

IMHO, the best Chinese food is at China Square on Nasa Road 1 in the Clear Lake area. HUGE poritions, reasonable prices (especially at lunch) and the friendliest atmosphere around! Beats 888 HANDS DOWN!

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IMHO, the best Chinese food is at China Square on Nasa Road 1 in the Clear Lake area. HUGE poritions, reasonable prices (especially at lunch) and the friendliest atmosphere around! Beats 888 HANDS DOWN!

cannot agree with that statement.

i have been to both 888 and china square - a lot of times.

888 at gulfgate is no comparison - to me. I have to defend my 888. :wub:

but to each his own :P

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IMHO, the best Chinese food is at China Square on Nasa Road 1 in the Clear Lake area. HUGE poritions, reasonable prices (especially at lunch) and the friendliest atmosphere around! Beats 888 HANDS DOWN!

I've been to china square many times since i've worked down there for yrs...after 888 opened, i won't go back to china square. the food there is very bland comparatively. I even have my coworkers who live in clr lake to drive up to 888. china square is too americanized for me.

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I vote for Fung's Kitchen Sunday Dim Sum. The carts go around on the weekends. I will say that their Hargaow and Chiu-Mai (most common dumplings) aren't that great. They have the most variety and the more uncommon adventurous dishes are the best.

There is also a new place called Yum Yum Cha Cafe, a quaint small cafe in the Rice Village Shopping area between the old and new sections that does pretty darned good Dim Sum. Its a made to order kind without the carts, which I actually prefer, because the food always comes out piping hot. Pretty authentic as well. The tripe (for all you tripe afficianados) was one of the best I've had. The Hargaow and Chiu-mai here are one of the best in the city.

Man, I'm getting hungry just thinking about all this!

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An 888 update:

We dined at the other 888 at FM-646 and I-45 a few weeks ago.

The food was just as good and fresh as the gulfgate location plus they have an expanded menu.

the additions that I noticed were curry dishes and meals cooked in clay pots.

It seems like they are trying for a slightly more upscale experience at that location.

It was packed - just like gulfgate - and the service was great - as usual.

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An 888 update:

We dined at the other 888 at FM-646 and I-45 a few weeks ago.

The food was just as good and fresh as the gulfgate location plus they have an expanded menu.

the additions that I noticed were curry dishes and meals cooked in clay pots.

It seems like they are trying for a slightly more upscale experience at that location.

It was packed - just like gulfgate - and the service was great - as usual.

They have the curry dishes and clay pot dishes at the gulfgate location as well. They have another menu all in chinese and the items there are not on the english menu. if you don't know what you want, just ask a waiter for help. try the pork/dry tofu spicy........it is GOOD.

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They have the curry dishes and clay pot dishes at the gulfgate location as well. They have another menu all in chinese and the items there are not on the english menu. if you don't know what you want, just ask a waiter for help. try the pork/dry tofu spicy........it is GOOD.

COOL! I did not know that. and i thought i was a special customer! :blush:

Those items are included in a thicker english menu at the 646 location.

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An 888 update:

We dined at the other 888 at FM-646 and I-45 a few weeks ago.

last night the gulfgate 888 had their chinese new yr/anniversary celebration for their regular customers. One announcement was that they are opening yet another restaurant in clear lake proper sometime during the summer of 2007.

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I love Hunan on Post Oak, always have. When we lived in the Houstonian we had it delivered twice a week. YUM!

We went to Ocean Palace about two weeks ago, and even though I don't like Dim SUm it has been the best place to go. But this last trip the pork ribs were rancid. Fortunately we didn't ingest the stuff, hubby spit it out. The kids would have chowed if he didn't do that. Never going back.

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last night the gulfgate 888 had their chinese new yr/anniversary celebration for their regular customers. One announcement was that they are opening yet another restaurant in clear lake proper sometime during the summer of 2007.

My husband will be thirlled. I don't care for 888 at all. Last time I was in there, the whole place smelled rancid, the food we got was rancid...I hate 888.

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My husband will be thirlled. I don't care for 888 at all. Last time I was in there, the whole place smelled rancid, the food we got was rancid...I hate 888.

wow i've never had that experience there. for me their food makes most other chinese food taste bad. once you go there, you don't go anywhere else.

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