Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown

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You'll want to try the clear flat noodles at our No 3. pick.
3. Fu Fu Cafe

When a restaurant is one of our most-named places in our Where the Chefs Eat series, you know it's gotta be good. At Fu Fu Cafe, find everything from noodles, dumplings and clay pots, to salted fish fried rice and pork blood with intestine and pickled vegetable.

Stop by for one of the city's best green onion pancakes ($2.50), lunch specials including sweet and sour fish, salt and pepper squid, and roasted spare ribs ($5.99), or an incredible clear flat noodle dish with Szechwaun chile sauce ($5.99). Another must-have dish is the steam pork bun (4 for $4.25); The soft and doughy soup dumplings are certainly hot, so be sure to slurp them up in one delicious bite.

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You'll find bold and vibrant Malaysian fare at our No. 2 spot.
2. Banana Leaf

The original Banana Leaf is almost always packed at lunch, but lucky for us they've built a newer restaurant right across the street. Check out either for a taste of Malaysian cuisine, including a mix of southeast Asian dishes like sweet and spicy sambal beef, Indian chicken curry, or kang kung bachlan, a stir-fried spinach dish made with shrimp paste.

Lunch specials are available Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for just $5.50 to $6.50. For another $2, add your choice of spring rolls, satay or shrimp todmun, along with soup, salad, and hot or iced tea.

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Location Info

Venue

Map

Fung's Kitchen

7320 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mala Sichuan Bistro

9348 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Ga Dakao

11778 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Thai Binh Duong

11528 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Confucius Seafood Restaurant

8880 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Miyagi Restaurant

10600 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Xiong's Cafe

9888 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Saigon Pagolac

9600 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fu Fu Cafe

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Banana Leaf

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

House of Bowls

6650 Corporate Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Banana Leaf

9896 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Mad Hart
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Nanjing
Nanjing

Fung's Kitchen is no more expensive than most of these if you order with equal discretion, yet offers higher quality than many of these, and has a more thrilling selection of stuff to eat, including dim sum. You really should try it.

brookeviggiano
brookeviggiano


@Nanjing I do enjoy Fung's dim sum, was considering that one to be a bit outside of Chinatown but still wanted to give it a shout.

fidelio
fidelio

@brookeviggiano @Nanjing You DO know there is a Chinese part of Chinatown, and a Vietnamese part of Chinatown, right? Fung's is in the predominantly Chinese part extending on Bellaire from 59 to Beltway.

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