The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Chinatown in Houston
2. Lucky Pot
Photo by Robb Walsh Fish in brown sauce at Lucky Pot.
Lucky Pot has only ten tables, and if the place is open, chances are every table is full. The noodle soups made Lucky Pot famous, but the small restaurant also serves great whole fish in spicy garlic sauce and ma po tofu (two similar dishes are available at another often-full restaurant in Chinatown with a little more press coverage, Mala Sichuan). Many of my friends swear by the Peking duck and wings at Lucky Pot, which are highlights of any meal there, but I remain loyal to the simple and hearty noodle soups, like the house special with bacon, mushrooms and dried tofu. For the best experience, bring a crowd and eat family style.
1. Nam Giao
Photo by Minh T. Truong A delectable combo platter at Nam Giao.
When I texted a friend earlier to ask him if he thought Nam Giao was fairly unknown, he replied simply "CRYSTAL DUMPLINGS." Another friend to whom I presented the same query also failed to answer my question. He responded, "If you eat there without me, I will not speak to you again." Nam Giao serves traditional Vietnamese food in a sophisticated space, which sets it apart from other dingier spots in town. The bánh nam, steamed flat rice dumplings wrapped in banana leaves, are addictively good, and the bánh bột lọc, boiled crystal dumplings with transparent wrappers hiding pink shrimp and crispy pork, are unusual but divine.
10600 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX