In order to dine here, we have to reserve online first couple days before and pay first. This time they have the video games theme, which is awesome because I love games.
I have been living in Houston for almost 7 years and have visited many Thai places but I have never heard about this place before. One day, I was browsing the deals on Groupon, and found this place in Midtown area. Since the place is pretty close to my workplace, I invited my co-workers to join. When we passed the restaurant, one of my co-worker changed his mind because of the restaurant is next to the gas station and he was afraid that the food is going to be bad. We went to different place on that day
Couple days later, I convinced them to go to that place again. I told them that I will pay for their lunch. Once we get inside the place, it was completely different from what we see outside. It was clean and nice. They have awesome customer service.
I ordered Pad See Ew (I always order this when I go to Thai restaurant).
This place has the best Pad See Ew in Houston. I have gone to many Thai and other Asian places, but I had never eaten the fried flat rice noodle that as good as this one. It has rich flavor of the sweet soy sauce. This dish has similar taste to the Indonesian dish in Jakarta (Kwetiau Tek Tek).
Don’t judge the book by it’s cover.
This is the address of Nara Thai :
2111 Fannin St. Ste 109, Houston, TX 77002
Tips: Don’t go here at night for your safety.
Texas is well-known for their barbecue. One of the thing that I would do when I travel around Texas is to try the most popular BBQ in the town. There are 3 different kind of BBQ in Texas; Central, East, and West Texas style. Each style has their own unique characteristics. For Central Texas, they put a lot of the focus on the quality and the taste of the meat. I would recommend to eat the BBQ without the sauce to feel the rich taste of it. The most popular place to find the Central Texas BBQ is Lockhart, which is the capital of Central Texas BBQ. I have been to Black’s, Smitty’s, and City market in Luling, Texas.
Recently, I heard that there is one place in Austin that have better quality of BBQ. I also saw the Anthony Bourdain No Reservation show about this place. So I gave it a try last weekend.
We went there about 9 AM in the morning to wait in the line. The place usually open around 11PM. The place has limited number of the BBQ, so make sure you come earlier, if you want to get the ribs. I have never seen the place like this before, people don’t mind to wait that long to get a BBQ. How about on the weekdays? Same thing.
After waiting for 4 hours, finally we could order the BBQ. We ordered the sausage, pulled pork, pork ribs, beef ribs, and brisket.
How is it?
Sausage: Ok, can’t really tell. Not a really good indicator.
pulled pork: Ok, soft and tender.
Pork ribs: Really good. tender,rich, and sweet.
Beef ribs and brisket: HEAVEN, It is really amazing. I have never seen the BBQ that really tender and moist like this before. The temperature when he cooked it was perfect. We can feel the rich flavor in the meats. This is possible because Franklin use wood-fire smoker and oaks which gives a strong flavor to the meat.
I heard about the rumor and news that the new ramen store will be opened in Westchase area since couple months ago. So yesterday my friends texted me to try their ramen on the second day of the opening. They got there around 6.45PM and started to wait in the line. I met them about 15 minutes later. The line was not too long, we still could line up inside the building. (It is really cold outside).
The wait time is really looooong. I saw many people just gave up and left. The line was moving 1 feet every 10 minutes. The problem was that they could not cook fast enough to keep up with the number of the customers. They also did not have enough people that work as the waiter. The cashier had to help cleaning and delivering the food to the table. We saw a lot of empty tables (almost half of the store), while we are standing and waiting to order the food at the cashier. The wait time on the line was 2 hours and 30 minutes.
We ordered Tonkotsu ramen noodles and few appetizers.
The one that I order called Gua Bao. It came to our table not long after we sat down. It has the crispy pork in it. So where is our ramen?
30 minutes have passed already…..
We were still waiting in our table without our ramens. They might put our order in the wrong order. A lot of people that ordered after us, got their food already. My comrades started to lose their will to fight. Our vision started to get blurry.
Oh well, Finally the ramen is here… (It is better to be good, after that long suffering).
Let me break it up into several component of the ramen:
The broth/soup: tasted like water, no flavor (literally).
Egg: Tasted like normal egg, just half-cooked
Pork Slices: Soft and tender, but too salty
Noodle: Too hard and no flavor. They should cook it longer to make it softer and let the noodle absorb the flavor from the broth.
CHERUB SCORE: 6.5
I hope that they could improve the quality of their ramen and service. At the moment Tiger Den in Chinatown is still my first choice for ramen in Houston area.
I have been making a review of Asian foods so far, so how about any other food? Don’t worry, this time it the time for Italian food review. Found this new place from Houston Chronicle website. The place is located in Greenway Plaza area, in the apartment complex behind Costco. It just opened about one month ago.
This is the exact address:
3333 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027.
The pizza that they are making is different from what i usually eat from Pizza Hut. Their pizza style is called Neapolitan Style Pizza. It has the wet look because of the olive oil and mozarella. The pizza itself is thin and designed to be eaten by using knife and fork. They use the wood fired oven to cook the pizza.
What to order? My friends and me ordered 3 different kind of 12-inch pizza. See below
These pizza has a good balance in tomato sauce, mozzarella, and olive oil. You could feel the richness of the tomato sauce and the cheese at the same time. The thickness of the pizza was perfect, not too thick and crunchy. The bottom of the pizza is not too burn and cooked at the perfect time. When you order the pizza, don’t forget to add an egg on top of it. 🙂
Is it really 9.0? Don’t worry, I have many experiences with pizza, I have visited various pizza places in Houston such as Bombay Pizza, Pass and Provision, Buca di Beppo, Romanos’s Pizza. I think this is still the winner out of all.
Now I am going to share with you all about my little adventure in Tokyo, Japan. I went there last year (2012) during spring season. The main reason of my trip was to visit the most populated city on earth, go to Mount Fuji, and enjoy the cherry blossom. One of the thing that i should not miss is to try their local food. So, i did google search and looked for the popular ramen shop over there.
After couple hours of researching, i found this place called Ichiran ramen, located on Ueno Station (7-1-1 Ueno Taito-ku Tokyo-to 110-0005). The place was not too far from the hotel where i was staying. Tokyo is really convenient city. Basically, you don’t need car to go everywhere in the city. They have really good public transportation.
Please check this map of Tokyo subway system
Back to the topic, So i went to the station where this place is located. Was it easy to find this place? 🙂 I got lost in this station.
Fortunately, there is a nice janitor that was willing to direct me to the place. My Japanese was not that good at that moment. What i did was showing him the name of the place on my phone 😛
Finally, I found the place!!!
The place is not big. It has 27 counter-seats and 10 table seats. When I came to the restaurant, the employee greeted me in Japanese, he told me to sit in one of the cubicle there.
He explained how to order the food (in English). I had to do my order from the ticket vending machine. He also gave me the form to specify my ramen preference. I could specify the thickness of the broth, the softness of the noodle, the saltiness of the soup, etc.
You could find more instruction from this website http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/html/oshokuji.html
The ramen was perfect. The broth has really rich taste, the meat was tender. The noodle was cooked perfectly, you can feel the texture and the softness of the noodle. The Ramen came with their signature red sauce on the ramen. The red pepper sauce did not kill the taste of the ramen, It has a good balance.
Note: This place opens 24 hours. So if you are hungry at night or lost in subway station, this is the good place to go.
I really love ramen. It was started when I was travelling to NYC, My friends brought me to a little Japanese joint called Ippudo. In my mind, ramen is just the instant noodle that i usually eat during my college time (Maruchan ramen, el cheepoo. lol). After I tried their noodles, my perception about the ramen was changed completely. Well, to make the story short, I even have traveled to the land of the rising sun (Japan) to experience the real and authentic ramen. I will make more detail story about this later.
For today’s article we are going to Austin, the capital of Texas. I have lived in Texas for almost 5 years. I have not seen a real good ramen until i went to Austin and found this place called Tatsuya.