Chinatown’s Hidden Treasures

Finding a restaurant with Asian-based cuisines is easy to find in Sugarland, but how many of those restaurants show you the true, rich, and authentic culture of Asia? Before popular Asian restaurants took over, where did people go to get a delicious Asian meal?  Where could you find these restaurants?

Houston’s Chinatown has a deep history, starting with the first business opening in the new Houston Chinatown in 1983. Between 1986 and 1987, Diho Supermarket in Diho Square was built, followed by Dynasty Plaza. The new Chinatown started to grow in the 1990s when Houston-area Asian Americans moved their businesses out of “Old Chinatown”. As the years went on, the presence of various ethnic groups began establishing themselves in Chinatown and is now considered “Asia Town” by Christy Chang, a tour operator who operated tours into Chinatown. Today, Chinatown is filled with Chinese and other Asian restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. There are many hidden spots all over Houston’s Chinatown that few people know about. 

#1 Rice to Meet You (9888 Bellaire Blvd #138, Houston, TX 77036)

Rice to Meet You offers delicious tasting Chinese cuisine specialized in authentic clay pot cooking. Their convenient locations and affordable price make it easy for dine-in or takeout orders, and it is also known for its wide variety in taste and high-quality ingredients used in its dishes. Rice to Meet You’s most popular dish is their clay pot rice that comes in a wide range of add-ons such as beef, chicken, mushroom, ribs, pork, and so much more. Not only do they sell clay pot rice and rice platters, but Rice to Meet You also offers several types of teas such as fruit tea, milk tea, fresh and organic milk tea, and classic tea. This hidden spot has a nice and welcoming atmosphere, and also gives you the taste of authentic Chinese cuisine. (Click here for the Rice To Meet You link)

#2 Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki (9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036)

Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki is a cornerstone in Houston’s Chinatown community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, amazing service, and friendly staff. They are mostly known for their modern interpretation of classic dishes and the use of high-quality fresh ingredients. Star Ice has many popular food items that customers always crave such as, Spicy Chicken Nuggets, Fried Porkchop Rice, Beef Noodle Soup, and Chicken Teriyaki. Their popular beverages include Milk Tea, Strawberry Milk Shake, and Thai Tea. These meals and drinks are only a peek of Star Ice’s extensive menu of Chinese cuisine and beverages. The delicious dishes, affordable prices, and friendly atmosphere make Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki a hot spot in Chinatown. (Click here for the Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki link)

#3 Six Ping Bakery (9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste D246 Houston, TX 77036)

Six Ping Bakery or Liupin Bakery is a bakery chain in Houston that is committed to creating exquisite and sophisticated desserts and snacks. They use high-grade raw materials, fresh fruits, and natural flavors in their products. Six Ping’s popular items are their cakes, like the Waltz cake, Wizard of OZ cake, Earl Castle cake, and their Strawberry Ice Cream cake. They also offer bread and pastries like Red Bean with Mochi Bread, Custard Skin with Pork Sung, Taro Milk bun, Hot Dog Cheese Bread, and so much more. Six Ping’s sells a variety of bread, cakes, pastries, souvenirs, wedding cakes, customized gift boxes, and other goods. The warm mood and smell of fresh bread and cake fill every corner of the room make Six Ping Bakery a wonderful place to go when you are craving something to eat. (Click here for the Six Ping Bakery link)


#4 Bambū (10613 Bellaire Blvd #150, Houston, TX 77072)

Bambū is a Vietnamese-based restaurant chain that was started in 2008 by four Vietnamese sisters– Anh, Kelly, Jenny, and Julie. They offer fresh, healthy, and authentic Chè1 dessert drinks, boba milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, real fruit smoothies, and exotic juices. Some of Bambū’s popular beverages include the Bambū Special (fresh coconut, pandan jelly, logan, basil seed, and coconut water), Bambū Favorite (red tapioca, grass jelly, pandan jelly, and coconut milk), Taro Milk Tea with boba, Traditional Iced Vietnamese Coffee, Avocado Coffee (5 oz of fresh avocados with Viet coffee), and Pennywort & Coconut Juice with coconut meat. This restaurant prepares twenty house-made ingredients like fresh taro and five different beans—yes, beans. Bambū has a cheery feeling when entering, and a wide variety of drinks that everyone can enjoy, no matter who they are. (Click here for the Bambū link)


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