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DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Goode Co is the one that got me to try and make at home. I also like the one at Caracol. Also the ceviche's at Caracol are very good, especially like the one with scallops.

Aug 10, 2015
JJC in Houston

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

The secret to a great campenchana is to make homemade shrimp stock. I use large shirmp, less shells to peel. Saute 2 plum tomatos, 1/2 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1/4 bunch of chopped cilantro and 1 jalapeƱo in oil. Then add shrimp shells, salt, pepper and juice of 1/2 lime. Bring to a boil then simmer, 30 minutes. Strain the stock and cook your shrimp in the stock, then chill everything. I usually do this the night before. Then make a pico de gallo. I also use Heinz chili sauce with some horseradish and lime juice instead of ketchup. Mix the shrimp, add crab if you want with the pico and chili sauce. Start adding the shirmp stock until you get the consistency and flavor you want. I never could get the taste right unitl I started making the shrimp stock. You can also add chopped avocado to the mix. Freeze the leftover shrimp stock and use for soup.

Aug 08, 2015
JJC in Houston

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Goode Co on westpark. My gold standard for campechana. The only reason I go there.

Aug 02, 2015
JJC in Houston

Where to buy live lobsters in Houston (within beltway 8)

Super H mart has them for $9.99 a lb

Aug 02, 2015
JJC in Houston

Chicken necks in Houston, raw

By the produce section.

Jun 09, 2015
JJC in Houston

Please suggest a wedding gift

Penzeys wedding gift crate of spices

need mortar and pestle education has a good selection of high quality Thai granite mortar and pestles

Mar 08, 2014
JJC in Cookware

Looking for Vietnamese resto with fried eggroll skin stuffed in the goi cuon

I have had this at Thuan Kieu Com Tam in chinatown, cash only.

Apr 27, 2013
JJC in Houston

Chopped Salad

Try the Roka Cabana at Piola. 456 ROKA CABANA A layered tower of arugula, mozzarella fior di latte, diced tomatoes, diced yellow bell peppers, pistachio nuts, pomegranate dressing (!!Allergy Advice: contains pistachio nuts). $12.50.

Jun 21, 2012
JJC in Houston

Headed to Houston for Final Four. What's worth hitting and what's worth skipping?

Huynh Restaurant on St. Emanuel for duck salad, pork spring rolls, bone-in pork chop and stir fried tofu. Tampico for the snapper a la plancha. Himalya on 59 and hilcroft for hara masala. Goode Co. seafood for campenchana. Dolce Vita for margarita pizza and shaved brussel sprout salad.

912 St Emanuel, Houston, TX 77003

Mar 25, 2011
JJC in Houston

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

Try R. Dalton on Hempstead Highway. They will sell to you by the pound. The Filadelfia Estate Genuine Antigua is awesome!

Jul 25, 2008
JJC in Houston


Try Peking Cuisine on SW freeway near gessner.

Feb 29, 2008
JJC in Texas

Malaysia in Houston

Try Noyonya House in Sugar Land, I have eaten there once and was very happy. Had Roti Canai and a chicken curry that was excellent.

Dec 09, 2007
JJC in Texas

One night/ two days in Houston - where should we go?

IMO Pappas Brothers and Vic and Anthonys are the two top steakhouses in town. Go to Pappas so your husband can compare.

Nov 22, 2007
JJC in Texas

Pho - Close to Galleria in Houston?

The closest that I know of is Pho Binh 2021 Mangum.

Mar 15, 2007
JJC in Texas

Can you help me in "West" Houston?

Try Bistro Le Cep 11112 Westheimer, for very good french food.

Feb 26, 2007
JJC in Texas


I am not familiar with Pearland, but here are some of my Houston favorites. Go to for reviews and locations.
BBQ- Goode Company, William's Smoke House
Vietnamese - Kim Son this is Viet/Chinese, the one on the Southwest Frwy has good dim sum on weekends. There are many good Pho places my favorite is Pho Saigon.
Chinese - Fung's Kitchen, also has very good dim sum.
Seafood - Goode Company Seafood, must get Campechana
Tampico Seafood on Airline, must get Red Snapper a la plancha
Cafe Red Onion seafod y mas- cheviches frescos
Capt'n benny's- oysters
Magnolia bar and grill - Cajun seafood
Latin fusion - Churasscos, Americas, Cafe Red Onion
Tex-Mex - Chuy's, El Tiempo, Escalantes, Papasitos
Berryhill's for Baja Fish Tacos
If your downtown siteseeing go to Spec's liquor Warehouse. Much more than a liquor store this place is 80,000 square feet of food, beer and wine.

Feb 03, 2007
JJC in Texas

Miso dressing? [split from General Topics]

2 tbsp Miso
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp mayo
1 tsp water
wisk all together
can substitute peanut butter for mayo to make a peanut miso dressing.

Oct 18, 2006
JJC in Home Cooking

Best Food Blogs?

I enjoy Dave's blog and am not even from New York.

Jul 30, 2006
JJC in Food Media & News

mexican shrimp cocktail recipe

1 pound fresh shrimp, 50 to 60 per pound size, unpeeled
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup chopped plum tomato
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 quart water
Cocktail Assembly:
1 cup pico de gallo
1 cup reserved shrimp stock
1 cup prepared cocktail sauce
1 large ripe avocado, peeled and diced
Lettuce leaves, for garnish
Lime slices, for garnish
Tortilla chips, for garnish

For the shrimp: Peel the shrimp and save the shells for stock. In a 4-quart pot over medium heat, add oil. Add the tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the salt and pepper, lime juice, and reserved shrimp shells and stir. Add the water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the stock through a strainer into a bowl or another pot. Discard the vegetables and shells and reheat the stock. Add the shrimp and simmer until just cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain and refrigerate the stock, and the shrimp separately until chilled, about 1 hour.
In a bowl, combine chilled shrimp, pico de gallo, shrimp stock, cocktail sauce and avocado; mix gently. For each serving, place a lettuce leaf in a pretty bowl or a martini glass. Spoon in the shrimp mixture, allowing about 9 or 10 shrimp per serving. Garnish each shrimp cocktail with a lime wedge and a few tortilla chips.

The shrimp stock is the key to this recipe, it adds a wonderful flavor. If the shrimp are large you can cut them in half before cooking. When mixing together add enough of the stock to get the consistency that you desire. I also like to simmer the shrimp shells longer than 10 minutes to get a deeper flavor.

Jul 16, 2006
JJC in Home Cooking