If you find your shumai in Houston, Texas especially authentic, you have Hoi Fung to thank. He is the first chef who brought authentic Cantonese cuisine to the city in 1982 after moving from Hong Kong. Now, his own daughter is carrying on the family’s legacy of cooks, with her own spin on Chinese food.

Shop address: 7320 Southwest Fwy APT 115, Houston, TX 77074, United States

This is the fourth episode of our latest “Mean Street Gourmet” series about mom-and-pop stores across the Chinese diaspora. In the next episode, Up next, we take you to Paris to meet a xiaolongbao maker who was inspired by her French and Chinese roots.

00:00 Houston’s first Cantonese restaurant
00:36 How it started
01:06 Father and daughter
01:30 Daughter’s specialty
02:21 Why carry on the legacy

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Producer: Dolly Li
Script: Lyn Yang
Videographer: Joy Jihyun Jeong
Editor: Cliff Man
Mastering: Victor Peña

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28 thoughts on “The Hong Kong Chef Who Brought Cantonese Food To Houston”

  1. It's nice to see a video about the Chinese food scene in Houston. It has a lot of good Chinese restaurants and a large Asian community; and, these facts aren't widely known. People think of the the Bay Area, the LA Area, and New York City when they think of Chinese food in the United States.

  2. I'm in Houston, Cantonese and planning on going here now. So many of these restaurants are closing back where I am from in LA. It's nice to see that it looks like Fung's will be around for the next generation.

  3. It's so common to see the next generation run from their parent's line of work and follow a different path. This was refreshing to see. Your food looks wonderful and I wish you continued success!

  4. Really love how Goldthread is featuring Houston! First Mein and now Fung’s Kitchen!! I grew up eating at Fung’s at least twice a month. It was all my mom craved when she was pregnant with me 🥰

  5. Great to see Chef Fong's daughter carry on the legacy for Cantonese cuisine. Here in Honolulu, so many kids won't take that step and ultimately, the restaurant close. May his daughter never lose that passion to continue, especially during these trying times.

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