Classic Kitchen

May 11, 2011

January 30, 2011 | I mostly only have Chinese food in Houston when my parents visit me and this time was no different.  We went to Classic Kitchen for breakfast and ordered some familiar favorites. We had beef noodle soup, this one dish (tsong yiu bing wrapped with an egg pancake– no idea what the name is), and soup dumplings.

It was all very good– the second dish being one of my favorites!! If only I could remember the name– it only has a Chinese name and I’m not very good at remembering Chinese names.  I also generally prefer small soup dumplings.  They’re just easier to eat.

FYI– it’s cash only!

Classic Kitchen
9888 Bellaire Blvd Ste 106
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 270-8545

Jeng Chi

March 28, 2011

January 15, 2011 | I’ve been eating at Jeng Chi for a looong time.  I can’t remember how many years it’s been but I ALWAYS get the spicy seafood noodle soup.  A few years back, I realized how delicious soup dumplings were and that has become part of our regular order as well!

The seafood soup comes with scallops, squid, shrimp, artificial crab, clams, carrots, and some other veggies.  Mostly, I love their noodles and the spicy soup!

The soup dumplings are served with a sauce consisting of strips of ginger and white vinegar.  Simple but it works well!  Most places I’ve gone to for soup dumplings don’t serve a sauce but you can usually find vinegar on the table.  While the soup dumplings at Jeng Chi can’t compare to the ones I’ve had in Taiwan, they’re still yummy and we always get an order when we come here!

Jeng Chi

400 N Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 669-9094

Barnaby’s Cafe

March 5, 2011

January 1, 2011 | This wasn’t my first time going to Barnaby’s Cafe, but it was my first time to try their meatloaf.  Apparently it’s a popular dish and since I’d never really found any of my meals at Barnaby’s Cafe very memorable, I figure I’d give it a try.

You know what? I get it. It’s good. It’s pretty darn good. I still don’t get why this place is so popular but I could see myself going back the next time I’m craving meatloaf and don’t want to make it myself. Oh yeah, and the serving size is pretty big. I ate half of mine and took home the other half (but I almost always do this)!

Barnaby’s Cafe (Midtown)
414 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-8898

Cafe Pita+

January 12, 2011

November 23, 2010 Cafe Pita+ has become extremely popular since it’s been on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives!  It’s located close to my work, so I went one day during lunch with some coworkers.  I ordered the cevap ($6.00): ground beef mixed with flavorful spices in a sausage links style served in lipinja bread with kajmak and fresh onions.

If you’re going there for the first time and trying the cevap, know this– it’s not eaten like a sandwich.  Tear off the bread, add some kajmak and onions, and roll up a link!  Mmmm…

It’s inexpensive, filling, and delicious!  It’s a bit greasy but it was totally worth it!  I couldn’t finish the whole thing and took a little less than half home.  I will DEFINITELY be going back there.

Cafe Pita+
10890 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77042
713-953-7237

La Pupusa Loca

January 11, 2011

November 30, 2010 | After a long hiatus, I’m back!  😀

My friend Suzanne and I went on our Tuesday girl date to La Pupusa Loca for pupusas.  Suzanne brought a restaurant.com coupon for this place and was craving pupusas despite having just returned from El Salvador!  The restaurant is off of Hillcroft and definitely qualifies as a hole-in-the-wall place.  Let’s just say I was relieved to find a parking spot right up front.

There were people at only 2 other tables when we arrived and thus were immediately seated.  The waitress that seated us didn’t speak English very well but was as sweet and helpful as she could be!  And to make it more legit– she’s from El Salvador. The first thing I noticed when I sat was that each table had a huge jar of cabbage salad mix, which apparently is called ‘curitdo.’

Since we had to spend at least $35 to use our $25 coupon, we ordered A LOT of food!  We got the platano frito (crema y frijoles)– translated: fried plantain (sour cream and beans)– to begin with.

The platano fritos were a surprisingly good appetizer.  The sweetness of the warm plantains went very well with the sour cream and beans.

We then ordered pupusa de loroco, pupusa chicharron (pork pupusa), yuca con chicharron (cassava with pork skin), and a mariscada (seafood mix soup).  We also ordered 2 bottles of water.

The timing was perfect– just as we finished the platano fritos, the pupusas were brought out to our table.   My friend taught me to put the curtido on the pupusas along with this red sauce that came with the dish.  Delicious!!

Now the most memorable dish for me would have to be the mariscada.  OMG.  They didn’t skimp on the seafood (huge shrimp, mussels, crab legs, and even an egg) but what really made it was the soup itself!! SOOOO good.

The yuca con chicharron was good but not nearly as memorable as the other dishes.  Also, I don’t normally eat a lot of fried foods and that one was all fried.

Despite having ordered so much food, it STILL didn’t total up to $35 so we ended up ordering another pupusa to-go (yay, lunch for tomorrow!) to hit just over $35.

This was my first time trying El Salvadoran food so it’s hard for me to really compare it to anything but I enjoyed it!  I have a ton of leftovers too!  Food was great and inexpensive.  Service was good.  We’ll be back.

La Pupusa Loca
7207 Hillcroft
Houston, TX 77081
Phone: (713) 271-7608