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Lai Lai Dumpling House

Map & Directions 9262 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036
  • Asian
  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • cash
  • Banquet Facilities, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Lot Available


Houston Press' Description

The first thing you need to know is that Lai Lai Dumpling House doesn't take credit cards. The second thing you need to know is that the first thing doesn't matter -- the prices are laughably low at this Chinatown restaurant. The namesake dumplings are not the delicate Cantonese or elegant Japanese gyoza versions, but rather thick skins surrounding heartily spiced fillings. Waiters may warn against Westerners trying some dishes, but most are pleasing to Asian-trained palates. The chicken Lai Lai is roasted, chopped and stir-fried to make the skins crispy, then glossed with a light cilantro sauce; the "moo shee" pork fried cake is saturated with a smoky flavor.

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  • Rodrigo B. on 08/20/11

    Lai Lai's has been serving it up since before I started coming here in 1997. Generous portions of General Tso's Chicken & the variety of dumplings here are excellent.

  • kathy on 01/16/10

    small, hole in the wall type place but personable service who is always offering some lil free food knick knack. i love their steamed pork dumplings! sauteed spinach and general tso is a must!

  • Cheapism on 03/29/11

    $4.55-7.45 gets you 8-10 dumplings that can be fried, boiled or steamed. They also have noodle and other dishes, all under $10. A tasty hole in the wall.

  • Matthew R. on 04/09/10

    General Tso is awesome and everything comes in large portions!

  • jacob on 02/23/12

    Dumplings. Green beans. Triple meat fried flat rice noodle

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