Monday, February 8th

The Best Banh Mi in Austin

Banh Mi in Austin

Everyone is always debating who makes the best bánh mì in Austin. At least, my friends always are. Maybe your friends have loftier things to worry about, but my crew is serious about sandwiches. What started with a few simple comments on Instagram manifested into a full-scale event, with the aim to finally put it to bed. We were going to crown a winner.

When a determined group of food bloggers put their minds to a competition, you’d better believe the judging was not taken lightly. Master of data, Tasting Buds ensured that we didn’t enter into this haphazardly. There was voting ahead of time to determine who would make it into the competition. We settled on two categories: grilled pork and the traditional combo. Scoring sheets were simple. Each sandwich was to be scored from 1-10 and there were places to write notes about the bread, the filling, and anything else we wanted to talk about.

Banh Mi in Austin

The contenders were selected in advance and we dutifully fetched our assigned sandwiches before convening at the home of Foodie is the New Forty. The restaurants were not told about the competition, so the sandwiches were as authentic and regular as any other Saturday. The players:

Baguette House

Lily’s Sandwich Restaurant

Lulu B’s

Ng BMT

Saigon Le Vendeur

Tam Deli & Cafe

Thanh Nhi

Austin Banh Mi

In a state of raging hunger, we painstakingly set up the sandwiches. The Smoking Ho, pictured above, brought butcher paper and a massive cutting board. He’s our resident AFBA bánh mì expert so be sure to check out his City Guide post on the topic. After a lengthy photo shoot of the sandwich table, it was time to dig in. The room was quiet as everyone worked their way through the sandwiches, thoughtfully taking notes and sipping the Vietnamese coffees made by Girl Eats World.

Afterwards we discussed our findings over cream puffs and love letters. And the verdict is…

Banh Mi Austin

…that taste is subjective. Sorry, were you expecting a definitive winner? I’m getting to that. But before you skip to the bottom of this post, let me note that if one bánh mì was significantly better than all the rest, everyone would already know about it. But let me break down some of our findings.

When it came down to bread, everyone agreed that the most desired factor was crunchiness. And across the board, the bread was softer than we’d hoped. Lulu B’s bread held up the best, in my opinion. Lily’s was the best looking but possibly the worst quality bread. Lily’s was actually the worst overall.

Baguette House fared well on the combo (and also make the longest sandwiches) but the pork was abysmal. Still, Baguette House ranked among the top two. Which place had the best ranking among the group? Saigon Le Vendeur! More than half the judges picked Saigon as their favorite overall when polled at the end of the day. But Saigon’s combo was the most polarizing of sandwiches, yielding the highest and lowest of scores. (I ranked it as the worst sandwich of the day, but rated the pork very highly.)

What role did preconceived notions play?

Most of us came into this with personal preferences, but only a few kept those opinions after tasting the sandwiches side by side. My favorite, Tam Deli, remained my favorite. The same for Brisket and Bagels, who remained loyal to Ng BMT.

The judging was very individual, as each of us valued different things. While all agreed that filling carried more weight than bread, we had differing opinions on texture, flavor, and sauce. I gave higher points for those loaded with jalapeños, while South Austin Foodie felt they could be overpowering. Some appreciated a good sauce but Craft Taste was repulsed by mayonnaise. Gaminess was prized by some, but a negative for other’s palettes.

I placed a higher value on the veggies over the meats and might have been alone in that. Lulu B’s does not make a combo, so their lemongrass chicken was the lone variation. As someone who doesn’t love lemongrass, I appreciated how subtle it was. Others disliked that they could barely detect the lemongrass.

Value and service didn’t place a huge part in the rankings but we did discuss them. Tam Deli ranked as a high value option for low price point and sandwiches loaded with filling. (They were also the shortest in length.) Lulu B’s was the most expensive and also has the worst service of the group.

We did not include Elizabeth Street’s bánh mì purely for cost reasons, so I’ll have to head over and try one while the others are fresh in my mind. Because there were only so many of us and we could only reasonably eat so many bánh mì, we had to leave some out. Sadly our tasting and this post do not account for Dang Banh Mi, Bun Belly, Pho Van, I Heart Pho, Ya Ya’s, and more. If you have strong opinions about any of those places, please leave a comment so that others can see it.

Austin #BanhMania

So there you have it, the results of #BanhMania. On this day, the victor was Saigon Le Vendeur!

To read more about our Banh Mania, check out this post from Foodie is the New Forty.

Tuesday, January 26th

Year of Adventure

This post is part of my relationship with Netflix as a Stream Team partner.

I’ve been bad about updating my About page, so it looks like I’m a mom to two cats and completely ignores the fact that there’s a new little human in my life. But she’s here and she’s awesome.

Violet and Daddy

These last five months with Violet have been the greatest adventure of our lives so far. And I think the surprises and fun will keep coming all through 2016. I wish I could say our plans for the year have us traveling to Botswana or even New York, but our adventures will be of the more conventional variety. Still, if we look at each day as having the potential for adventure then we’re all in a position to do something great, right?

Some things on our horizon:

– Food! We’re starting to think about Violet’s next stages, which will include feeding her actual food. I can’t wait to see her little face as she gets to try her first sweet potatoes, avocados, and all sorts of other delights.

Little Sipper

– Swimming! My tiny mermaid will return to the sea. Or the kiddie pool.

Mermaids

– Crawling, toddling, sitting up. She’s going to be on the move before we know it and I’m afraid…but that’s all part of adventure, right?


 

So what am I watching? 

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat came up in my list of suggested titles because I’ve watched The Inbetweeners oh, I don’t…5,000 times? The British comedy is about a group of college freshman who didn’t make it into campus housing and are all put in a house together. It’s funny, shocking, and touching, like so many good British shows. I watched it twice. And if you’ve never watched The Inbetweeners, go do it now! Leave work if you have to.

Degrassi

Degrassi

Yes. I am probably the oldest living fan of Degrassi and I squealed when Netflix bought the series after its recent cancelation. For the uninitiated, this series has been on forever. It started in the 80s and came back in 2001 as Degrassi: The New Generation. (This is when I started watching.) It’s been on since then and this latest iteration is called Degrassi: The New Class. This is some edgy, Canadian teen programming, people.

Making a Murderer

making a murderer

The documentary show everyone is talking about, Making a Murderer, is just as compelling as it claims to be. I wasn’t hooked right away but eventually it did suck me in. The extreme poverty and subject matter make it tough to watch.

A Young Doctor’s Notebook

A Young Doctors Notebook

This story about a doctor played by both Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe is unlike anything else on television. The bleak Russian landscape is brought to life by a small cast in a tiny hospital. It’s gruesome and funny and tragic. Daniel Radcliffe is simply fantastic. Two short seasons are available on Netflix and I can’t wait for more.

What are you watching?

Monday, January 25th

Korea House

Korea House, Austin Texas

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about food over here. Or, ahem, ANYTHING. So if you’re reading this and haven’t written me off for dead, thanks. I recently bought a new laptop which prompted me to clean up my old laptop. Buried in a series of forgotten folders, I discovered these photos I had taken at Korea House.

I can’t remember when I last ate there, but Chris and I used to visit from time to time for some grilling. I had heard that their sushi was pretty good, too, so on this particular visit I ordered a spicy roll of some sort. Probably tuna. Based on this one roll, can’t say much about the sushi. But for some simple grilling and light Asian beers, this place is A-OK.

Spicy Tuna Roll at Korea House, Austin Texas

The banchan is solid and my favorites are fermented black beans, kimchi, and pickled cucumbers. If you want bean paste, you’ll have to ask for it. Most people come for the bulgogi, and I am no different. It’s flavorful and satisfying. Perfect for a novice griller because it doesn’t matter too much if you overcook it.

Korean BBQ at Korean House, Austin Texas

Octopus at Korea House, Austin Texas

Now octopus takes a little skill. It’s easy to overcook. But you also don’t want to undercook it. When you hit that sweet spot it’s nice and tender, slightly chewy.

Banchan at Korea House, Austin Texas

While the atmosphere falls far short of charming, Korea House is the type of place you feel immediately comfortable, such as you would in a dive bar. It feels worn in, tried and true. The service is efficient and sometimes terse, but you’ll be glad of that when you’re waiting outside for a table. Despite the crowds, the wait is never too long. Everything moves quickly and your water glasses will be refilled and you won’t want for anything. Looking at these photos, I think it’s time I go back.

Kirin at Korea House, Austin Texas

What are your favorites at Korea House?

Korea House

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78757

M-F 11 am-10pm, Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm

Thursday, January 7th

Jamming with the Presidents

My love for TV intros has been previously documented, but recently I realized a love for both the imagery and scores (especially the scores) of American president shows. Maybe I’m feeling extra patriotic because we’re in an election year.

BIll Clinton playing saxophone for Boris Yeltsin

The West Wing is beloved by many. Including me. The show’s writing is unbelievable. And Martin Sheen is the best president ever. And how did Josh Malina go from acting on a show this good to the shit that is Scandal? But I’m getting off track here.

W. G. Snuffy Walden composed the music for many TV shows, including The Wonder Years, thirtysomething, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Friday Night Lights, Roswell, and many, many more. But The West Wing is his most famous and won him an Emmy.

The Kennedys features a magnificent solo trumpet that paves the way for swelling strings and takes a turn toward darkness. It’s hopeful, then sad. Much like the story of the Kennedys. I believe that the opening would have made a stronger visual impact with just the swirling flag and credits, nothing else. But it still makes a powerful statement.

Composer Sean Callery also did Homeland, 24, Medium, Elementary, Bones, and lots more. Another prolific, talented TV composer.

I think my favorite of the three openings is House of Cards. The score is sinister, mysterious, and compelling. The time lapse footage of DC is all shadows and light, hinting at the evil that lurks within the city and the government.

I am drawn to this music and find myself listening to it semi-regularly. It’s my favorite part of the show, along with the styling of Robin Wright Penn. I’m not the only who loves it, as there are several articles about the song and composer Jeff Beal. This piece on Slate talks about how the music evolved between the first and second season.

Beal also wrote music for The Newsroom, GCB, Monk, Ugly Betty, Rome, and Carnivàle, among many others.

Tuesday, December 29th

Why I’m Against the Open-Carry Handgun Law

handgun

This Friday, January 1st 2016, the open carry law takes effect giving licensed gun owners freedom to wear their firearms in plain site. Up until now, the law allowed for concealed firearms, so the argument has been, wouldn’t you rather see who’s walking around with guns? 

Um, no. Not in the slightest. Without turning this into a discussion about political leanings and beliefs, guns don’t make me feel safe. They make me feel scared. And I feel that seeing someone walking around in public with a gun holstered to their body is going to be intimidating to those of us who are unarmed. Without even distinguishing between the good guys and bad guys, the very presence of firearms changes the setting. There are places where I expect to see guns, like when I get off an airplane in Mexico. But when I’m pushing my baby in a stroller around Town Lake, or having coffee with a friend, I’d prefer not to feel scared or intimidated.

And what is the point of open-carrying, if not to intimidate? I’ve seen some feedback from pro-gun folks who think it’s a bad idea because it could make the carrier a target. If the shit is going to go down, isn’t it wise to take out the person with the gun first? What exactly is the benefit to anyone to have firearms out in the open?

I only hope that the state’s almost million registered gun owners choose to keep their firearms hidden, or better yet, locked up at home. But I guess that remains to be seen. I hope that many companies exercise their right to ban open-carrying in their establishments, such as the following businesses have done:

  • Chili’s
  • Chipotle
  • HEB
  • Panera Bread
  • Randall’s
  • Sonic
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Whataburger
  • Whole Foods

I’m not trying to change anyone else’s views here or debate the Second Amendment. So if you’ve stumbled on this post and are looking for a fight in the comments section, I’m not interested. You aren’t going to change my mind about what makes me comfortable. But thoughtful discussion is welcome.

And yes, most states have some degree of open-carry laws in effect. For a quick explanation of permission vs. non-permissive states, you can find more information here.

Tuesday, December 22nd

End of the Year Netflix Binge

We’re approaching the holiday in mere days. Hopefully that means some time off for most of you and in between gifts and lovely meals and family hugs and puppy snuggles and taking those giant bows off your brand new cars, you’ll have some downtime. (And my, don’t you all have such idyllic lives?) I’ll be hitting the Netflix pretty hard in my downtime, and I can’t wait. I think I’m going to pick one series to binge watch. What should it be?

I’ve been keeping up with my streaming of new and old things so that we could discuss them here. Leave me a comment and let this ole Stream Team gal know what else to watch. Here’s what’s been keeping my eyes company lately:

Master of None

Master of None starring Aziz Ansari

I’ve always been on the fence about Aziz Ansari, unsure if I really liked him or not. But after watching Master of None, I am 100% TEAM AZIZ. The ten-episode season is among the best shows of 2015 and instantly garnered tons of attention. The premise of a single Indian actor living in New York is somewhat autobiographical in nature and his character’s parents are played by his actual parents. Although funny, the show tackles some deep subject matter and left me thinking about it for a long time.

Bonus for Adult Swim fans: H. Jon Benjamin and Eric Wareheim play two of his friends.

Laid

Laid TV Show

Aaaaaahhh! I love this show. Laid is an Australian comedy that was tragically put down after two six-episode seasons. I almost hate to tell you about this show because it’ll break your heart to only have a dozen episodes, but it’s too good not to share.

The premise: Woman realizes that everyone she’s ever slept with dies! The second season digs deeper and gets a little poignant on us, but by and large this is a hilariously dry comedy. NETFLIX! PLEASE BUY THIS SERIES AND MAKE MORE EPISODES.

Related: If you watch Laid Netflix will recommend a movie called The Little Death. This one is also completely worth your time. I watched it twice, actually.

The Little Death

Call the Midwife

With four seasons streaming on Netflix and no sign of BBC calling it quits (they just announced Season 6) Call the Midwife is a solid bet for hours of entertainment. It’s joyful, incredibly sad, and so very touching. It’s a story where people are good and kind; poverty is the villain.

Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time)

Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time)

Demetri Martin looks like a little boy from the seventies and is one of the smartest comics out there. He went to Yale and then blew off Harvard to study law at NYU, which he also blew off…for comedy. Lucky for us. If you like stand up, don’t miss this one.

Okay, my Netflix people. Tell me what you’ve been watching. And have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21st

The Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding

Photo by Grey to Blue

Recently I was tipped off to a unique experience for brides. The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative, with vendors showcasing their stuff in a wedding format. Kind of like Tony and Tina’s Wedding, but attendees are scoping out the dresses, catering, and other details for their own big day. My friends Rachel and Brian are getting married next year and I wanted to hear their take on The Big Fake Wedding when they were in Austin. To my delight, Brian wrote down his thoughts and I wanted to share it will all of you. My message to all the brides out there is to get your grooms involved! 

A Whole New World

This fall The Big Fake Wedding was kind enough to host an event at The Palm Door on 6th Street. My fiancée—let’s call her Brachel—and I had tickets; Brachel thought it would be a great way to introduce me to the upcoming steps we would need to take for planning our wedding. She was absolutely right. I did not title this A Whole New World because Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie as a child (who doesn’t love Gilbert Gottfried?) but because I learned more in one night than I had in attending a lifetime’s worth of weddings.

We arrived right before the wedding vow renewal was about to begin. This is the part of weddings with which I am most familiar. A couple stood in front of an officiant to exchange vows, rings, and a prayer that no one stood up to shout any objections. After the ceremony we were invited to stay for dinner, enjoy the music, and meet with area wedding professionals.

There was not a wasted space, nor a wasted opportunity for me to learn. Brachel herself has worked in facets of the wedding industry for years and had always told me I had no idea what we were signing up for. While waiting in line for food and drink I learned that tables and chairs are not always provided by the venue. China, flatware, tablecloths and napkins are also available to rent for the big day. Each table was decorated to show different décor options. The menu was also diverse and featured items that I would not have previously thought would be served at a wedding. Like quinoa. (Did you know that quinoa and couscous are two different things? #deepthoughts)

The second half of the venue was the vendors’ space. This is where Brachel really shined, as she introduced me to some professionals in industries I was familiar with, like photographers, and others I was not aware of, such as invitation and save-the-date designers. It was like a baby visiting Santa Claus for the first time: overwhelming with a lot of shiny objects to catch my eye.

My visit to The Big Fake Wedding was a blast, and I learned so much more about what we can consider as options for our big day. Long country tables, vibrant linens, German chocolate cake. The possibilities are endless! This event is a must attend for any engaged couple, and has helped me get more involved in the planning process.

-by Brian Helmick, with fiancée Brachel Rachel Gill

Monday, December 14th

Prevention R3 Summit at Moody Theater: TICKET GIVEAWAY!

Having gone to the Prevention R3 Summit when they were last here in 2014, I was so happy to hear they are returning next month. It’s a new time of year and a new venue, but we can expect the same quality of programming and fun from the great people from Rodale. I’m excited about the changes!

Prevention R3 Summit logo

January 15th and 16th will be two days of reviving, refreshing, and reinventing with speakers talking about everything from nutrition and exercise, to sexual health and meditation. I’ll be attending again as an invited guest and hope to see you there.

Some of what you can expect to see this year:

  • Keynote speaker Joan Lunden will talk about how her healthy lifestyle helped her navigate a successful career in the public eye, through breast cancer, and beyond.
  • Headliners Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Jennifer Ashton (The Doctors) will provide the roadmap to your healthiest year ever.
  • Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez (A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story) with share her uplifting story.
  • Chef Chad Sarno (former head chef of Whole Foods) will demonstrate how to achieve your health goals starting in the kitchen.
  • Larysa DiDio (celebrity personal trainer) will lead a Fit 10 workshop. Wear your workout gear, ladies!
  • And there’s lots more including beauty consultations, yummy things to eat, natural wellness workshops, and all while bonding with a sisterhood who have their own personal health on the brain.

Tickets are available here and you can use code R3BLOG for $20 off a weekend pass.

*One lucky reader will win a free pair tickets simply by sharing this post and leaving a comment below telling me one thing you’ve incorporated into your lifestyle to make your own health a priority.

Tuesday, November 24th

Netflix and Chill

I really, really LOVE TV. When we cut the cord on our cable more than a year ago, I was a little afraid. But in a post-cable world where we can stream everything, cable just isn’t necessary anymore. I have to credit Netflix for changing the game. It was their original content that spurred other companies to follow suit. After a dark period of lackluster programming, things have swung back around to quality and sophistication.

Now we have lots of incredible series. They are being cranked out as fast as we can watch. Projects that might never have seen the light of day on traditional networks now have a shot. It means the shows we are watching are more creative, interesting, and not as targeted toward demographics and time slots. Do you guys realize how huge that is? We’re living in a new world, people.

Netflix logo

In what might be the best fitting partnership I’ve ever had on this blog, I’m now a part of the Netflix Stream Team. That means that once a month or so I’ll be talking about what I’m watching. New things available on Netflix or perhaps old things that I’m just discovering or revisiting. So make sure you give me your recommendations!

This month the Stream Team is talking about five more minutes. Like, what your kids beg for at bedtime. I definitely did this as a kid, as I was a night owl born to two early birds. By the time I was nine I learned that I could fulfill all my late-night fantasies fairly easily. My dad would turn on Letterman and promptly fall asleep, unaware that I was curled up on the floor watching. In my house it was as simply as getting out of bed and crawling back to the living room like a spy.

Violet is only three months old, but she’s pulling that #5moreminutes routine in her own way. She fights to stay awake and half the time when she finally goes down it doesn’t stick. But who could resist this face:

Five More Minutes

I’m sure that when she’s old enough, Violet will give me some compelling reasons to stay up an extra five minutes. Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have teamed up to create Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites for just these moments. I mean, sometimes your kids need an extra five before bed.


I’ve been streaming a bunch of grown-up Netflix shows lately that are longer than five minutes. One that’s stuck with me is Bloodline. Have you guys watched it? It’s a 13-episode Netflix original about a family with devastating secrets, starring Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, Chloë Sevigny, and most notably, Kyle Chandler. (Is there anyone on earth who doesn’t have a crush on Kyle Chandler?)

Kyle Chandler in Bloodline

The show is a bit slow-paced in the beginning, enough so that I almost gave up. But around the sixth episode it gained serious momentum and I was hooked. I never spoil TV shows, so I’ll just describe the series as mysterious, creepy, thrilling, and quite sad. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Keys, it’s an enticing world to immerse yourself in for a week or so, despite the dark subject matter. I’m even crazy about the opening credits. Season Two will come out in early 2016 and I can’t wait.

Another show I freaking love is The Great British Bake Off. How could a reality show about baking be that good? Trust me, it’s amazing. Right now Netflix is only streaming the sixth season, but I’m hoping they’ll add more. I laughed, I cried, I craved dessert. This is far better than any American competition show. If you’re skeptical, just watch the first episode and you’ll see what I mean.

The Great British Bake Off

What have you been watching?

Tuesday, November 17th

First Look: Wu Chow

Wu Chow, Austin Texas

The most anticipated restaurant opening of the year (for me, at least) has finally happened. Wu Chow has appeared at various events over the last year treating us to samples of egg rolls and soup dumplings and the city has worked itself up into a lather while we waited for more.

Ever since I went to the dim sum pop-up, I’ve been obsessed with checking out the dinner offerings. A couple weeks ago I had my chance at the soft opening. Our group of four sat outside on the patio to enjoy the beautiful weather, although I took a quick stroll inside and saw that it was equally chic and modern. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the music is mostly 90s hip hop, just like at sister restaurant Swift’s Attic. I completely dig this vibe.

Chicken & Taro Eggrolls at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Shanghai Soup Dumplings at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

In addition to the aforementioned egg rolls ($6) and soup dumplings ($10), pictured above, we ordered a few more starters. The Hot & Sour Soup ($4) was close to the version I grew up eating, just a little less spicy. Did your mom feed you hot and sour soup from your favorite Chinese take-out when you were sick? Mine did, and it’s such a comfort food to me.

We also had the Pork Steamed Dumplings ($8), which are delicious in their own right. Soup dumplings get all the attention, but I have enough love to give all the dumplings. It’s been a long time since I’ve had Mushu Pork ($11), many years, actually, but it was such a treat. I won’t let so much time pass before ordering this again. A steaming mound of savory pork, eggs, and veggies was served with delightfully thin pancakes and house-made hoisin. It was one of the most filling dishes we ordered.

Hot & Sour Soup at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Pork Steamed Dumplings at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Mushu Pork at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Pancakes at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

A dish that came highly recommended by our server was the Twice Cooked Pork Belly ($15). He did not steer us wrong. The slices were perfectly cooked and loaded with saucy and oniony flavor. It was the unanimous favorite at the table.

Twice Cooked Pork Belly at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Another dish that’s getting a lot of attention is the Mapo Tofu ($14). The tofu is pillowy soft and the black bean sauce and ground meat make for a hearty bowl of goodness. Mapo Tofu normally packs an intense heat and numbing quality, but this version is mellow. Wu Chow has a house made chili oil that’s loaded with flavor and like fire in your mouth, so you can add more heat if you want.

Mapo Tofu at Wu Chow Austin Texas

The Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken ($12) is one of the best values on the menu. The tender, crispy bites of chicken are ideal for sharing and the plate felt bottomless. The Singapore Noodles ($17) were lighter in texture and flavor than expected. Those looking for the curry to pack a bigger wallop might want to ask for that when ordering.

Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Singapore Noodles at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Salt & Pepper Squid ($16) is a personal favorite and I was so happy with Wu Chow’s rendition. It was light, tender, and uncomplicated. The fresh squid was allowed to shine and wasn’t buried under heavy batter or overcooked. Dry Fried Green Beans ($10) were tasty and bright. Like the chicken, this is a great dish to share with a table of friends and nibble on throughout the night.

Salt & Pepper Squid at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Dry Fried Green Beans at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

A note about the quantity of food you should order and portion size: Upon seating, our server described the portions as small plates and even used the term “Chinese tapas.” So we ordered quite a few things to share. These are decidedly NOT small plates, but normal portions. So there’s no need to go crazy. Go with a few people, order a few things to share, and enjoy.

Have you been to Wu Chow yet? Tell me what you think.

Wu Chow

500 W. 5th, Austin, TX 78701

M-Th 5 pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm, Sun 11-3