They say opposites attract when it comes to love, but the same can hold true when it comes to food. We’ve been experiencing unlikely combinations of food forever, and what may sound like an odd pairing to the ear can turn out to be a great idea for the tummy. As one of the most diverse food cities in the world, Houston is home to a few unique restaurants that fuse cultures and cuisines like never before. The next time your stomach starts rumbling, check out one of these fun food mashups.
Crawfish & Noodles
Vietnamese food with a Cajun flair is all the rage in Houston these days, especially when it comes to seafood. Crawfish & Noodles takes that concept to another level with their flavorful crawfish with a variety of Vietnamese sides. You can get VietCajun crawfish, oysters, shrimp, clams and even fried catfish along with some traditional Vietnamese dishes such as stir fry noodles and fried rice. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried frog legs.
Coreanos calls itself Houston’s number one Mexican Korean food truck, and we see why. The award-winning establishment serves up savory Korean barbeque using flavors traditionally associated with Mexican dishes. A few favorites to try include Coreanos’ take on the hot dog – a bacon-wrapped wiener with caramelized kimchi and a special sauce. You might also try their Korean barbecue tacos or the Og Burrito, a marinated bulgogi loaded with crispy fries, cheese, pico de gallo, kimchi, cabbage and spicy mayo.
Bismillah Café might be the Queen Bee when it comes to unexpected – yet delicious – food mashups. Head chef Inam Moghul marries traditional Pakistani fare with American-style burgers to create a truly unique experience. Bismillah is known for quirky menu items such as the donut burger – a beef patty sandwiched between two glazed donuts, with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese. The real surprise here is the secret menu, where regular customers get to try out new dishes and spread the word to their friends.
U-Maki Sushi Burrito
You love sushi. You love burritos. Now you can fall in love with the sushi burrito at U-Maki Sushi Burrito! The Japanese and Latin flavor combinations will definitely leave you feeling like you’ve visited an exotic locale. The made-to-order burritos can be as varied and creative as you are. Take a bite of The Wild Cajun, which includes fried crawfish, snow crab, and crunchy tempura flakes. If you’re super hungry, try the Fatboy, which has tuna, salmon and snow crab. Watching your figure? The Skinny Girl is the way to go.
Have you ever heard of Chindian food? It’s a fusion between Chinese and Indian cuisine, and it’s one more reason to love the Houston food scene. Aling’s Hakka Chinese Cuisine brings both cultures together for some pretty creative versions of traditional menu items. Located in Sugar Land, Aling’s features Hakka pepper chicken, Machurian beef and lobster dishes, pickled shrimp, and a host of rice, noodles, vegetables and desserts.