Sinh Sinh Restaurant, or yummy Chinese food in the heart of Chinatown

This  past winter after a late night showing of Casablanca at Rice University my friends Gem and Paul introduced our hungry group to the incredible Sinh Sinh Restaurant in Chinatown. Since then Sinh Sinh has been my go-to idea of great, authentic Chinese food. The prices are reasonable, the food is plentiful, and it’s always a fun experience and opportunity to try something new.

Our most recent trip to Sinh Sinh took place after my sisters and I met Gem, Paul and their cousin Mark at 429 on a Saturday night. 429 is an incredible service for college students and young adults held at Grace Church (Shepherd and 48th) Saturday nights at 8. It’s real, alive and it makes me happy. More on this later. We normally like to hang out and get something to eat after 429. Since we usually don’t get out until 10 pm we have to get a little creative with our food choices. This particular week we elected to go to Chinatown and eat at Sinh Sinh. Getting here was a little hairy as it involved following Paul as he barreled in and out of lanes, swerving at dangerously high speeds across multiple freeways and executing hair pin turns. Ok not so much the hair pin turns but the rest is pretty much Paul. After we pulled into the parking lot Paul gave my sister a high five for being able to “drive with him.” Apparently this is a big deal.

Walking into Sinh Sinh is a little like walking into a zoo, a zoo where you know you’re about to eat some delicious animals that may or may not have been walking/swimming/crawling around a few moments prior. Immediately on either side of you are big glass fish tanks full of prawns, lobsters, clams and super disgusting looking but probably amazing tasting fish. I am not kidding when I say disgusting looking fish. See below

I told you it wasn’t pretty.

We decided that the six of us would try family style dining, each of us ordering something different and passinig it around the table to share. This is one of my favorite ways to try new foods. You don’t like my Sweet and Sour Pork (first of all you’re crazy because it was awesome and I could have eaten the entire giant plate by myself. Seriously, don’t put it past me) try someone else’s Chicken and Scallops or Moo Goo Gai Pan.  Sharing food this way also creates more of a community feel as if we really were just one big incredibly hungry family. The servings are large enough that one plate could probably be split between two people with a little left over. All our entrees were served with white rice so we had plenty to go around.

Our server wasn’t super chatty but this may have been because of the language barrier. She was very friendly though and refilled our water glasses frequently. Call me crazy but I usually take this as a good sign in restaurants. The food comes out as it is finished so things may arrive at different times. Since we were all sharing this wasn’t that big of a deal. The prices are reasonable especially for the amount of delicious food that they give us. Overall I highly recommend going here. The food tastes great, it’s open late so you can stay until 2 or 3 in the morning and it’s a great place to try new things.

Sinh Sinh Restaurant

9788 Bellaire Blvd.

Houston, TX 77036

(713) 541-2888

Normally I will try to remember to actually take pictures of the outsides of places. Their website has some pics of the exterior just in case you’re dying to know what it looks like. On this trip however I didn’t even think about exterior shots as I was kind of distracted by the tanks of crazy looking fish. More beauties below:

This one kinda looks like a frog.Prawns!


Cleveland or Bust

Originally when I decided to start this blog I wanted to make it into a mini travel blog about fun things to do in Houston, awesome coffee shops and my growing cooking obsession. Then I got my acceptance letter back from my top choice graduate school in Cleveland and suddenly blogging about Houston wasn’t as much of a priority anymore. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be writing about my adventures getting myself together and moving across country to another city and state thousands of miles away.

I’m actually ok with that part; the part I’m not ok with is the amount of snow I’ve recently learned Cleveland receives. Yikes. I am a Texas girl, a South Texas girl at that, and a native Houstonian. Houston: the Space City, the Bayou City, home of the Rockets, the Astros, a hub for oil and gas industry and teeming with cowboys. The city where it snows once every 10 years, and the roads, rarely, if ever freeze over. That being said I’m going to put on my big girl face and give this new city and this new adventure all I’ve got. From now on its Cleveland or bust.