I've complained repeatedly to friends about the lack of good Chinese food in Austin relative to cities with a large Asian population. Check out Hong Kong Food Street in Houston, which I tried earlier this summer that specializes in Cantonese food. It has a huge menu with dishes I haven't even heard of! They offer dishes that range from simple but addictive street snacks to banquet-style cuisine.
Remember the steamed crab over glutinous rice that I raved about in New York? Well, HK Food Street has a lobster version over seasoned rice. It's really decadent and oh so good!
Steamed Lobster with an Egg Sauce over Seasoned Rice
I'm addicted to stir-fried green beans (they're like green french fries but not starchy!), so of course I had to have a plate at the table if it's on the menu! I don't think I've had a bad version at any Chinese restaurant.
Stir-fried Green Beans with Ground Pork
My parents craved clams so we ordered a hot pot of clams doused in rice wine. This was ok. I think I prefer sauteed clams in spicy black bean sauce except in the case of Japanese sake clams.
Clam Hot Pot
The best dish of the day was the fried tofu covered with dried scallop gravy. The fried tofu soaked up the sauce like a sponge so that each bite was an explosion of scallop juice, but the outside retained the dry texture of fried foods. YUM!
Fried Tofu with Scallop Gravy