I am a native Houstonian but have been out of the loop for a few years (being held captive in Dallas). I was visiting the folks for Thanksgiving this weekend and we decided to travel out to China town for dumplings. I read from a couple of sources that the place to check out was Lai Lai Dumpling House and I vaguely remembered going there some years back. I know from both reputation and personal experience that Chinese food in Houston puts the rest of Texas' cities to shame. I have to say that Lai Lai didn't deliver though. The first warning sign came after we entered and we realized that my wife was the only Chinese person eating in the joint. We ordered a variety of dumplings and a number of other dishes. All of the dumplings (fried, steamed, soup dumplings) were all way too doughy. The fillings were good overall but I couldn't get past how doughy the dumplings were.
Does anyone know of a restaurant that focuses on dumplings that is better than what I found at Lai Lai? I know such a place has got to exist in Houston..