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Chef Chris Shepherd’s Chinatown Recs

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Chef Chris Shepherd’s Chinatown Recs
Photo by Julie Soefer

Houston is now the most culturally diverse city in America, and its Chinatown—albeit not as established as those of NYC of San Fransisco—can be overwhelming. No worries. Let James Beard award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd be your tour guide, for a great meal of course.

Crawfish and Noodles

A true measure of what Houston is all about—cultures blending.  Take a Southern crawfish boil and blend it with Vietnamese flavor.  Add stir-fried blue crabs and braised turkey necks, and you have one hell of a meal. 11360 Bellaire Boulevard #990 / 281.988.8098

HK Dim Sum

Best dim sum around.  Don’t expect traditional cart service.  All dishes are made to order.  My favorites? Pork spare ribs and shrimp dumplings. 9889 Bellaire Boulevard / 713.777.7029

Mala Sichuan

Photo by Julie Soefer
Photo by Julie Soefer

Amazing young people doing amazing things by staying true to their style of cuisine.  Try the red oil dumplings or the mapo tofu and cool off with the cucumber sticks.  I can’t wait for them to open across the street from Underbelly. 9348 Bellaire Boulevard / 713.995.1889

Pho Binh by Night

Best broth around.  There are a few locations around Houston, but this one is open late.  Ask for the bone marrow on the side. 12148 Bellair Boulevard #101 / 832.351.2464

Saigon Pagolac

One of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in the city.  Go for an interactive, family-style experience.  Order the Seven Courses of Beef.  9600 Bellaire Blvd #119 / 713.988.6106

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