Nit Noi gives patrons
a 'little bit' of Thai food in large area
Rice Village has seen its patronage skyrocket
in the last year.
Many urban professionals traipse its eclectic
shops as if the area itself were not of this city but a transplanted oasis
for those with a
taste for something different.
As a result, many businesses within its
radius are flourishing, especially restaurants that cater to the burgeoning
trend to break from
Take Nit Noi, a journey through Thai cuisine
located at 2426 Bolsover St.
The restaurant's owner, Alice Vongvisith
(who first operated Nit Noi, which means "little bit" in Thai, in the Philippines
mid-1970s), decided to bring her blend
of curry spice to Houston in hopes of living the American dream.
Within weeks, Nit Noi saw its popularity
spread like a virus, only this time no one wanted to be cured -- they just
The decor is bare-bones minimalism, devoid
of the kitschy accoutrements of high-end establishments that spend more
energy on image
Nit Noi, though, somehow manages to incorporate
an intimate feel in a large space -- not an easy task, considering the
sheer volume of
patrons eating at one time.
In the beginning, there was no menu.
Vongvisith would simply greet her customers
and tell them what they should eat.
Unfortunately, I enjoyed no such special
treatment, but found the menu to be thorough enough for me to navigate
Ever the adventurer, I opted for the Crispy
Sea Rolls, which come loaded with lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, tomato
and special house
The rolls are a tasty invite to all the
spice Thai food has to offer.
For the main course, Vongvisith makes what
she calls "Alice's Special" -- shrimp with garlic sauce, red bell peppers,
green onions and
Order this, and the waiter nods as if you've
passed some kind of impromptu exam.
This take on shrimp is wholly enjoyable
and can be quite addictive, so don't rush into it.
In keeping with the latest trend toward
overindulgence, the portions are a bit large, so be prepared to take a
doggy bag for leftovers.
Because I ventured to dine during the lunch
crunch, there was no time for dessert, although the options sounded interesting:
rice and Thai custard with or without
Feel free to try this, if only for the
sake of adventure.
After all, if Vongvisith makes it, chances
are it's something to lick your chops for.
Till next time, bon appetit!