Pepper Twins Restaurant ~ Delicious Organic Chinese Food
My husband and I were delighted to discover Pepper Twins Restaurant. It is located in the River Oaks Shopping Center of Houston. We were both hungry for some good Chinese food.
Spicy food pleases our taste buds and knowing that Pepper Twins offers Sichuan cuisine (also spelled Szechuan) gave us extra incentive to visit it.
To tell you the truth we had another reason to first try this restaurant.
Are you familiar with Groupon? I had noticed television ads for some period of time. One day I discovered more about it by doing an online search. For the last several months we have been happily using Groupon coupons to get us into restaurants, museums and other interesting places at discounted pricing.
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From personal items like the Sonic toothbrush we purchased, to items and offerings of many different categories…there is something there for everyone.
A small sampling of museums in which we have used Groupon include the Houston Fire Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, and the The 1940 Air Terminal Museum. We will be visiting others in the future.
Back to this restaurant…
There are many good online reviews of this particular restaurant.
Yunan is the owner. She often imports such things as dry and fresh green peppercorns as well as authentic noodles from her hometown of Chongqing in southwestern China.
Chongqing sounds like a gorgeous cosmopolitan city. It is the 4th largest city in China and is often referred to as the “Mountain City.” Its natural terrain includes lakes, forests and much beauty in the category of flora and fauna.
Yangtze river cruises are often started at this location.
The semi-abstract paintings on the walls of Pepper Twins restaurant reflect this type of rolling terrain.
Below is a video showing much of what there is to enjoy in Chongqing.
People living in the Sichuan province in southwestern China are known for consuming foods with bold and spicy flavors. These include such items as garlic, chili peppers, star anise and ginger.
There is also the Sichuan pepper which is unlike any other type of peppercorn. According to what I read on Wikipedia, it has “slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth…that sets the stage for hot spices.” Click on the highlighted link above to read more about it.
Our friendly waiter asked us if we liked spicy foods. He also advised us that anything we ordered could be adjusted in the kitchen as to the level of hotness if we desired.
The spicy Wonton chips served at each table were delicious! Generally I skip eating them but found myself indulging in several of them because of how tasty they were.
Each of the 17 tables in this restaurant are covered with brown cloth tablecloths. White cloth napkins offer a sharp contrast to the brown. The photos that I was snapping showed some of the tables devoid of tablecloths or not yet fully set up for the next guest.
As one might imagine this restaurant is a popular place. Reservations are advised. The day we went there for the first time we really lucked out in getting one of the last available tables.
Closed on Mondays, every other day of the week they are open from 11:30AM to 2:30PM and from 4:30PM to 9PM. Without reservations it is probably safer to get there (like we did) after the heavy lunch crowd or earlier in the evening before they get really busy.
My husband and I ordered two dishes and knew that we would be sharing them since things are served country style. A big bowl of glutenous rice is served in a large insulated and covered dish at each table.
The Salty Pepper Shrimp was one of our choices. A total of 16 perfectly cooked good sized shrimp along with mild crunchy onions made for a delightful dish. I am guessing that they soak their onions in water to eliminate the pungency because they were truly mild. My husband does not enjoy a raw onion taste and he kept adding them to his plate along with the succulent shrimp. As you can easily see, it was peppery but just right as far as we were concerned.
We ordered Sweet & Sour Eggplant with Berkshire Pork and loved every last bite of it! When in Oriental restaurants I am always happy to find Eggplant with Garlic Sauce on the menu. This was every bit as savory but had an extra depth of flavor with the ground bits of pork and other seasonings.
The photo above shows my plate with some of everything ordered placed upon it. Believe me when I say that we both had seconds and loved every last bite! Nothing but excess rice was returned to the kitchen when our table was cleared!
We had very happy tummies when we left and will definitely return to try more of their entrées. It will be very difficult to not wish to order the very same thing. It was that delicious!
Location of Pepper Twins Restaurant: 1915 W. Gray St. A, Houston, Texas 77019.