Culinary connoisseurs May and Eddie Chan whip up their pan-Asian and Hunan-styled eats in a chic eatery adorned with modern lines, exposed brick, and exotic floral arrangements. Midday grazers can settle into the sleek dining room for lunch before slapping on a hardhat and constructing their meal from two courses served with brown, white, or fried rice. Kick off gastronomical jaunts with a choice of appetizer, including fried cheese wontons, a crispy Buddha egg roll, and miso tofu soup. Then pair starters with comestible choices such as sesame-crusted chicken or chinatown roast duck. Hot-tempered tongues are cooled off with a vietnamese iced coffee before getting riled up once more with pearl jasmine tea.
During dinner, diners can warm up for a marathon meal with wonton-dumpling soup. Giant plates of honey-walnut shrimp and grilled teriyaki salmon placate more carnivorous appetites and can be sacrificed to the family of hungry bears prowling the restaurant. Kick off a mouth party with beef chow fun or inspire taste buds to hit the flavor dance floor with Asian BBQ baby-back ribs and steamed Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce.
The River Oaks sushi stop serves up fresh seafully inclined fare for lunch and dinner daily. For dinner, start with an order of salt-and-pepper shrimp (jumbo shrimp stir-fried with sweet sautéed onions, $7) or the southern-battered fried oysters ($7) with cocktail and tartar sauce. Nigiri selections such as super white tuna ($3.50) or unagi ($2.50) pepper the sushi menu alongside elegant rolled treats such as the tiger-eye roll ($7.50) filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeño, and spicy mayonnaise, and the signature Fins roll ($9), an inside-out roll with spicy crab and tuna, topped with masago, green onion, more crab, and more tuna. Elegant entrees will please the forkfully inclined, including the miso-marinated sea bass ($25) with stir-fried fresh veggies and the juicy rib-eye steak ($25) served with the chef's daily side.
MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes. Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes. Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.
In steaming pots and sizzling pans, chefs at China Inn Cafe #2 forge classic Asian dishes teeming with fresh meats, crisp vegetables, and tender noodles. Shrimp gilded with garlic sauce, crispy walnuts, or zesty kung po seasoning nestles in steamy morsels of rice while cuts of beef and chicken sizzle in sweet teriyaki sauce and fresh broccoli. Alongside a wealth of familiar staples, health-focused fare quells sodium content by sautéing seasoning-free chicken and seafood with steamed Chinese greens. At the Cypress location, sushi savants bundle and roll from behind their transparent sushi bar before plating delicate rolls, sashimi masterpieces and self-portraits made of ginger and rice.
The award-winning Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot serves authentic, healthy fare spun from long-standing traditional techniques. A popular Chinese dish, hot pot is a palate-expanding experience in which diners dunk a rotating display of fresh meats and vegetables into a scorching broth. The savory broth bubbles in an induction heater at each table, cooking the meats and veggies in a fashion similar to that of fondue and hot tubs.
To sample Peking Cuisine's signature Peking duck dinner, it's best to call the restaurant several hours in advance. That way, you won't be disappointed if the popular dish sells out before you arrive—which it often does—and you'll allow ample time for the chefs to prepare the soft pancakes and tender duck that reporters from Houston Press lauded as some of the best in the city. The dish serves about three people and arrives with scallion, sweet bean sauce, and a simmering duck soup, making for a sizeable feast that's well worth the extra effort of ordering in advance. When they aren't whipping up Peking duck, Peking Cuisine's chefs extend their culinary expertise towards a sweeping array of traditional dishes from across China—from the chili prawns popular in the areas north of the Yellow River to the garlicky shredded pork of the Szechuan province. They also whip up western favorites such as General Tso's chicken, as well as less-familiar dishes such as stir-fried pork kidney and spicy tofu with sea cumber. Servers bear each order out to the elegant dining room, where golden dragons beam down from archways and spinning table centerpieces make it easy to share items or strengthen your spinning arm for an upcoming game show appearance.