February 3, 2011 | Xin nian kuai le!  That’s Chinese for “Happy New Year”! Lunar new year that is.  Honestly, I don’t really know much about the traditions besides the red envelopes but my friends and I decided to go out to Peking Cuisine for a Chinese dinner– seems appropriate, right?

This wasn’t my first time at Peking Cuisine, and it certainly won’t be my last. Like the name suggests, they consistently serve an excellent peking duck! We ordered the duck, which came with a duck soup. We also ordered seafood dumplings, mapo tofu, and a whole fish.

FYI– some places use baos for wrapping the duck, but not here.  They use this thin tortilla– it works.  I can’t say the dumplings were particularly memorable but everything else was great! We way over-ordered and had a bunch of leftovers, haha.  If you’re looking for a good place for peking duck, definitely check this place out.  I would recommend calling ahead (at least a day, though I’ve been able to reserve the duck same day before) to make a reservation for the peking duck.

Peking Cuisine Restaurant
8332 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 988-5838

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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

Mr. Wok

March 30, 2011

January 15, 2011 | Mr. Wok has become one of my favorite places to go for noodle soup!  They also have a great Peking duck but noodle soup is my comfort food (as are dumplings).  I’ve been a couple of times now for the ton chung ramen.

The ramen noodles are excellent and topped with a stir-fry of shredded pork, cabbage, onions, bean sprouts, and other Chinese ingredients all in a lean pork broth.   I love love the broth!   I know I ought to try other stuff on the menu but I’m only in town so often so I just end up getting the ramen noodles!!

FYI– it’s closed on Sundays.

Mr. Wok
2600 14th St
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 881-1888

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

Jeng Chi Restaurant

July 24, 2009

May 16, 2009 | Technically, Jeng Chi is in Richardson, but people recognize Dallas more.  I’ve been going for ages and I’ve always gotten the spicy seafood noodle soup everytime!  Eventually, the shao long bao (juicy buns) became another one of my musts.

Located on the small strip known as “Chinatown”, Jeng Chi has been open for as long as I can remember.  The dining room has doubled in size since I started going there and it’s become konwn for it’s shao long bao!  The dish is served with a rice vinegar and ginger sauce.  Mmm…

The fried pancakes (I have no idea how to spell things in ping ying) here are thicker than what I’m used to, but still good.

I always ask for the egg custard desert if they haven’t run out!  We were there pretty early on this Saturday, so there were plenty available. =)

Love that stuff.  The place is my favorite Chinese restaurant to visit when I go back to Dallas, for sure.

Dumpling House

July 22, 2009

May 4, 2009 | Knowing my love for dumplings, Monica brought me to Dumpling House (yelp) on 118 Eldrige Street, 10002.   We ordered 8 chive dumplings for a measly $2.50!!

The dumplings were great!  I can’t say they were the best I ever had but they were up there..and for $2.50? Hell, yea! At the back, there was a window into a kitchen where a couple of Chinese women were preparing the dumplings.

Reminds me of when I was little and I used to help my mom make dumplings!  I’m still amazed by how cheap the food was here!!  The place is small and was crowded, so we had to wait a bit to get a table, which we then had to share with a mom and her kid.