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The Top 5 Hottest Organic Chinese Food Spots in Houston

The Top 5 Hottest Organic Chinese Food Spots in Houston

How We Picked:  

Ingredients: We selected restaurants that make use of produce and ingredients that come from local certified organic producers in Houston instead of overseas. 
Sustainable Atmosphere: We looked for restaurants that opted for light, simple, quality decoration materials that created a relaxing environment and utilized sustainable decor. 
Food Quality: Not all restaurants that claim to be organic are necessarily using fresh ingredients. So we considered food quality in terms of taste and freshness of the produce used in all the meals we tried. 
Authenticity: Despite being organic, it’s essential to stay true to the core flavors of Chinese food. Hence, we identified restaurants that stick to traditional classic Chinese cuisines over Americanized Chinese food.

1. Jin’s Cafe

Website: Jin’s Cafe

Address: 9013 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063, United States

Contact Info: +1 832-252-1888

Hours: Tuesday: Closed

Monday – Sunday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Ingredients4.8/5
Sustainable Atmosphere4.6/5
Food Quality 4.5/5
Authenticity 4.9/5

Pros

  • Free parking
  • Tender lamb rib
  • Healthy salt and pepper shrimp

Cons

  • Slow service
  • Soggy vegetables

We’ve heard claims of how authentic Jin’s Cafe is as a Chinese establishment that doesn’t sacrifice taste despite using organically sourced ingredients. Moreover, many raved to us about the taste quality of their lamb ribs and their shrimp. 

When we went to Jin’s Café, there was plenty of free parking. It was also not difficult for us to get a table right away.

We liked the simplicity of the decor decorating Jin’s Cafe. The overall atmosphere was family-friendly and laid-back

One of the things we did not like was how after we placed our order, the wait staff vanished, and it took them a while to bring us our glasses of water. By the way, a pitcher of not-so-sweet mango green tea was included with our meal, but it was mostly filled with ice. 

We ordered the grilled tilapia, lamb ribs, and salt & pepper shrimp. Their lamb ribs were tender and delicious, and there wasn’t a single ounce of blood left behind in the meat. 

The salt and pepper shrimp had a lower salt content than the traditional recipe, but we didn’t mind as it tasted healthier. The shells were also still on the shrimps, but you can request that they be removed. 

While we liked the flavor of the grilled tilapia, we didn’t like how soggy the vegetables on the side were. 

2. Cooking Girl 

Website: Cooking Girl 

Address: 2400 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030, United States

Contact Info:  +1 832-548-1338 

Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Google Reviews Score4.4/5
Yelp Reviews Score4/5
Facebook Reviews Score3.9/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Ingredients4.4/5
Sustainable Atmosphere4/5
Food Quality 4.3/5
Authenticity 4/5

Pros

  • Peaceful atmosphere 
  • Crispy veggie rolls
  • Tasty dumplings

Cons

  • Slow service
  • Flavorless fish 
  • Soggy cabbage

People raved to us about every item on the menu at Cooking Girl having its own unique healthy twist compared to typical Asian cuisine. 

From our experience, we found Cooking Girl a pleasant and comfortable restaurant to enjoy an organic Chinese meal. While it is in the middle of Houston’s medical complex, the atmosphere was relaxing and peaceful.

There was plenty of parking space, and we were seated immediately, despite the restaurant’s full house. However, the waiter was slow in bringing our menus to the table. 

It wasn’t until after we had been sitting for thirty minutes that we received a menu. Still, despite the slow service, we noted the menu having a variety of traditional classics and some fusion items.

We started off with their veggie rolls which were crispy, fresh, and delicious. Moreover, we also ordered some dumplings.

Although the dumplings came out to us cold, they were still tasty and firm. We had cabbage and striped bass for our main courses.

Since we were served a whole fish, picking out all the bones took a while. Additionally, the fish had no flavor from the pepper sauce it was sitting in. 

We liked how the cabbage was flavorful and not salty, although it was a little soggy.

3. Bao Shi Yi 

Website: Bao Shi Yi 

Address: 3819 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, United States

Contact Info: +1 346-867-3941  

Hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Google Reviews Score4.2/5
Yelp Reviews Score3.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score3.9/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Ingredients4/5
Sustainable Atmosphere5/5
Food Quality 4.4/5
Authenticity 4/5

Pros

  • Creamy homemade soymilk
  • Flavor bursting mango smoothies
  • Airy and light chicken & vegetable buns
  • Sustainable decor
  • Clean facilities

Cons

  • Flavorless chasiu bao 
  • Sugary boba milk tea
  • Fall apart soup dumplings

Bao Shi Yu is famous in the community for their traditional and mixed-filled baos that capture the heart of Chinese cuisine. Many have raved to us about their Chasiu bao and soymilk being hot items on the menu. 

From the moment we walked into Bao Shi Yu, we noted that although it’s a smaller restaurant, they use sustainable decor, and the place was clean. 

While the woman at the register was less than eager to help us with our order, we liked how prompt the food turnaround time was. We ordered a dozen of each: bao buns and pork soup dumplings. 

The pork soup dumplings were quite tasty. Yet, we didn’t like how Bao Shi Yu served their soup dumplings on paper, which led them to shatter and spill out. 

As for the first bun, the pork and Chasiu bao lacked seasoning and flavor. We also didn’t like how the bun itself was not cooked fully. 

However, in contrast, the Chicken Wrap and Mushroom, Bean Curd & Vegetable buns were light and airy. The fillings in each were delicious and spicy. 

Regarding our drinks, we tried their milk tea and mango slushies, and soymilk. The milk tea was too sugary, and the boba was solid as a rock. 

In contrast, the mango slushies were well-blended and bursting with flavor. We also liked their soymilk as it was thick, cold, and creamy—completely homemade too.

4. Hu’s Cooking 

Website: Hu’s Cooking 

Address: 2502 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030, United States

Contact Info: +1 713-660-0020

Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Sunday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Google Reviews Score4.7/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Ingredients4.6/5
Sustainable Atmosphere4.5/5
Food Quality 4.5/5
Authenticity 4.5/5

Pros

  • Flavorful marinated lamb 
  • Spicy seafood stew
  • Szechuan chili flake oil

Cons

  • Rough blood and pig intestines 
  • Bland chicken soup 

Hu’s Cooking has a variety of traditional Chinese dishes that are flavorful. At least, that’s what we were told. 

It wasn’t difficult to find parking as they have spaces in front of their restaurant and in the back. When we walked inside, there were a few tables to the left of the entrance, and the main dining space was on the right. 

We noted that the staff appeared to be having difficulty maintaining orders as the restaurant was crowded. Although the wait for a table was around half an hour, when we finally got a table, the staff was prompt in serving us. 

We ordered a variety of different things from their menu. First of all, their seafood stew had a good amount of spiciness and was packed with fresh vegetables. 

Their marinated lamb was flavorful on its own. Still, the flavor was taken to a new level when we added the Szechuan chili flake oil. 

We also liked their vermicelli and cabbage dish as it was not salty in the slightest. However, there were a few of the meals on the menu that we didn’t like. 

For one, their pig intestine and blood soup were too exotic for our tastes. The texture of the blood was rough and did nothing to add flavor to the soup. 

Furthermore, their chicken soup was bland and lacked flavor. But we did like their boba milk tea. 

5. Siu Lap City 

Website: Siu Lap City 

Address: 2808 Milam St suite f, Houston, TX 77006, United States

Contact Info:  +1 713-236-8171

Hours:  Monday: Closed

  Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM 

Google Reviews Score4.7/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.9/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Ingredients4.7/5
Sustainable Atmosphere4.8/5
Food Quality 4.9/5
Authenticity 5/5

Pros

  • Flavorful Peking duck 
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Delicious fried ribs

Cons

  • Dry Char Siu 
  • Limited space

Many in the community know Siu Lap City for its crispy pig belly, char siu, and roasted duck. Moreover, we’ve heard claims about their tasty fried ribs being a must-eat when dining at Siu Lap City.

To start, Siu Lap City has access to a free, shared parking lot, and parking is also available on the building’s upper levels. 

As there isn’t much room to move about in Siu Lap City, the menus are displayed on the right wall as you enter the restaurant. 

We liked the variety of authentic dishes listed on their menu. As we did not know what many of them were at first, we had to ask the person behind the counter. 

We noted that they knew about the list of ingredients Siu Lap City uses in the dishes we ordered. We liked how Siu Lap City displays all of its fresh meat in the front of the store, and it’s clearly labeled too. 

Although there weren’t many tables to wait at, we didn’t have to wait long to receive our food from the front counter. 

Because we arrived at three in the afternoon, there weren’t many fresh vegetables left. 

However, the meat of the Peking duck we ordered was tender and flavorful, and the skin was perfectly roasted. It came with bok choy, fried rice, and an egg roll. 

Although the ginger garlic sauce and the chili are optional, we recommend them as they add to the overall flavor. 

As for their fried ribs, they were delicious, and the bbq sauce included on the side paired well with the rice. 

The one thing we did not like was their Char Siu. It was dry and lacked taste, and the serving size was minimal. 

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