When I crave Chinese food, I go to Chinatown.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg The weirdest (and most badass?) Chinese buffet in Houston.
When I crave Americanized Chinese food served out of a chafing dish, I talk to Joshua Martinez of The Modular food truck. He shares an affinity for what he calls "dirty Chinese" with the owner of the Rice Box food truck, John Peterson. They share tips and new discoveries with each other, eager to try out the greasiest of the greasy spoon Chinese buffets in town. Recently, Martinez let me in on one of his new finds.
It started with a photo he sent me of intricately painted china sitting in a buffet under heat lamps. On top of the plates, there was...
"What is that?" was the only logical response to that photo. "Is that...are those..."
His reply was swift.
"Yes, those are Hot Cheetos."More »