Houston’s Chinatown is a great place to visit, whether you’re a new Houston real estate owner or are a long time resident. However long you’ve made Houston home, Chinatown is an ideal destination for a “staycation” to celebrate the end of summer. Though it’s locally known as Chinatown, the area is also home to shops and restaurants representing many countries in Asia, including China, Korea, Vietnam, and even India and Pakistan. We’ve put together a list of restaurants and shopping, some well known, others are more local favorites.
If you haven’t tried Vietnamese crawfish, you need to remedy that as soon as you can. Head to Crawfish & Noodle to get delicious, spicy crawfish to peel and eat. The restaurant is a great mash-up of Vietnamese and Cajun seafood cuisine. In addition to crawfish, blue crab stir fry is a great choice, as is the blackened catfish.
Fung’s Kitchen is one of the best-known eateries in Chinatown. The restaurant made USA Today’s list of the 10 best places to celebrate Chinese New Year. They’re best known for their seafood. Six huge aquariums will be one of the first things you see on entering, filled with the live Alaskan king crab, Boston lobsters, scallops, and spot prawns that can be your dinner. In addition, if you’re a fan of dumplings and dim sum, Fung’s serves up an authentic Hong Kong menu Monday through Friday, and full service on Saturday and Sunday.
Houston Home Owners Sample Food from Around Asia and the Middle East
Take a little trip to Japan at Tiger Den, a ramen and izakaya restaurant in Chinatown. The ramen is created with meticulous care. The noodles are homemade, and the broth is simmered for a full 20 hours to make an amazingly rich and complex taste. Try the traditional tonkatsu, with pork in noodles and broth, or the spicier tantan ramen, with pork, peanuts, and chiles. The yakitori are also delicious, and include everything from lamb or chicken to beef tongue or pork belly.
Head the Middle East at Avesta Persian Grill. Start out with greens, feta, and fresh bread, then move on to the main courses. The rice dishes and stews are full of subtle and complex flavors, and there are also delicious skewers of chicken and ground beef, as well as fresh seafood. Round out the meal with a square of baklava and strong hot tea.
You can also get the unique flavors of London-style Indian food at London Sizzler Indian Bar and Grill. The restaurant is entirely family-run, and all the dishes are cooked in house. You’ll never find a more tender chicken tandoori! The goat curry is another local favorite, served up with garlic naan and samosas. It’s also a good place to go for vegetarian fare, as there are tons of choices, cooked up using a separate fryer. The spicy food will challenge your palate, and you can always order a mango lassi if you need a break.
Wherever you decide to go, be sure to leave time to head to the shopping area. The Hong Kong City Mall has a great variety of shops and cafes, as well as the Hong Kong Food Market. Stop in to find a variety of unusual fruit, meat, and seafood. On Harwin Drive, you’ll find discount shopping. Look for anything from a formal outfit to a new cell phone to fun jewelry. The vendors change often, so it’s worth making a point to visit regularly.
Chinatown is a wonderfully eclectic area of Houston real estate, which rewards exploration and an adventurous spirit.