Oriental Garden: Delicious Chinese Food in Spring, Texas

Updated on April 15, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Oriental Garden restaurant entrance
Oriental Garden restaurant entrance | Source

A Recent Discovery

We recently discovered Oriental Garden, a Chinese restaurant located in Spring, Texas. An inviting ambiance with pretty décor is just inside the restaurant entrance doors. A friendly greeting also awaits customers.

This is a hospitable neighborhood-type of Chinese restaurant. Many photos of patrons are featured. My husband and I have heard friendly banter back and forth between regular customers and waitstaff each of the several times we have dined there.

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Oriental Garden exteriorPhotos of regular customers in the restaurant
Oriental Garden exterior
Oriental Garden exterior | Source
Photos of regular customers in the restaurant
Photos of regular customers in the restaurant | Source

Symbolism in the Décor

There is a lot of symbolism used in the décor. Listed below is a small sample of what you might spot.

  • Orchid: modesty and beauty
  • Phoenix and dragon together: a happy and harmonious union
  • Bamboo: longevity plus strength and good luck
  • Goldfish: abundance and prosperity
  • Horse: perseverance, speed, and power

The décor is admittedly pretty. Comfortable armchairs are provided. Linen tablecloths and napkins are on the tables, and attractive artwork is on the walls.

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Oriental Garden interiorArtwork on the wallsSuch a pretty interiorDistinctive artwork on the wallsOriental Garden interiorSculptural artwork on the wallsInterior of the restaurant looking towards the entrance
Oriental Garden interior
Oriental Garden interior | Source
Artwork on the walls
Artwork on the walls | Source
Such a pretty interior
Such a pretty interior | Source
Distinctive artwork on the walls
Distinctive artwork on the walls | Source
Oriental Garden interior
Oriental Garden interior | Source
Sculptural artwork on the walls
Sculptural artwork on the walls | Source
Interior of the restaurant looking towards the entrance
Interior of the restaurant looking towards the entrance | Source

The Food

What people are probably most interested in is the quality of the food. If the food is terrible, then all the artwork in the world can hardly make up for that. As the folksy-sounding expression states, ”That would be like putting lipstick on a pig.”

The owners of the Oriental Garden restaurant make an effort to accommodate their customers in every way possible. They alter dishes to satisfy a patron’s tastes, wishes, or allergies.

Both soups that we have thus far tasted have both been delicious. My husband and I often choose the hot and sour soup as our first choice when dining in Chinese restaurants. Their egg drop soup was rich and delicious and was an excellent alternate choice.

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Hot and sour soupEgg drop soup
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup | Source
Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup | Source

Entrées at Oriental Garden

I prefer the nuttiness of brown rice and substituted that for steamed rice when I ordered the pork with garlic sauce one day for lunch. My husband generally prefers steamed rice. Both of our entrées were flavorful, good and the portions were most generous. The pork and beef dishes are yummy and most satisfying.

My tasting buddy (husband) and I agree that their seafood entrées are delectable! The shrimp and scallops are not only flavored well but are prepared with a deft hand in the kitchen.

It is easy to overcook such delicacies wherein they become tough and rubbery in texture. The chef at this restaurant knows just how to caress the best flavor and succulence out of the seafood that we have enjoyed to date. We both look forward to trying out even more of their seafood dishes in the future.

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Shrimp and scallops with pepper sauce, steamed rice, and eggrollHunan beef luncheon specialShrimp in garlic saucePork with Garlic Sauce, Brown Rice, and an Eggroll
Shrimp and scallops with pepper sauce, steamed rice, and eggroll
Shrimp and scallops with pepper sauce, steamed rice, and eggroll | Source
Hunan beef luncheon special
Hunan beef luncheon special | Source
Shrimp in garlic sauce
Shrimp in garlic sauce | Source
Pork with Garlic Sauce, Brown Rice, and an Eggroll
Pork with Garlic Sauce, Brown Rice, and an Eggroll | Source

Location, Specials, and Hours

Located in a strip mall location on Champions Forest Drive and Louetta, the address is 16734 Champion Forest Drive, Spring, Texas 77379.

People who live nearby are encouraged to return often.

  • Monday evenings: Kids get to eat a kid’s meal for free for every entrée that is purchased when dining inside.
  • Wednesday evenings: Senior citizens get 10% off their entire bill, whether dining inside or carrying out orders.
  • Loyalty cards: Cards are issued and punched for each lunch purchased. The 11th lunch is free.

Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday, they remain open until 10 p.m. Not photographed by me is the bar area of the restaurant, which is separate from the dining room.

If this restaurant were closer to our part of town, we would go there more often! When exploring parts of the Houston metro area up in that direction, we now know where to dine.

5 stars for Oriental Garden

Born to the earth are three kinds of creatures. Some are winged and fly. Some are furred and run. Still, others stretch their mouths and talk. All must eat and drink to survive.

— Lu Yu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Adrienne,

      Like you, we miss going out to our favorite Chinese restaurants because of the pandemic. I hope that the majority of them survive and that we can once again enjoy the ambiance, as well as the food.

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      4 weeks ago

      This Chinese restaurant in Texas is very attractive. Thank you for sharing the symbolic meaning behind the decor find in Chinese restaurants. Your pictures of the food served make me hungry. Haven't been to a Chinese restaurant for some time due to the virus, hopefully will go back to visiting one soon.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dora,

      So glad you liked learning some of the symbolism in Chinese decorating schemes.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      They do a wonderful job with shrimp preparation in this restaurant along with the rest of their food offerings. I feel certain from what you wrote that you would like eating here.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      It is sad that with the coronavirus we can't go to our favorite Chinese restaurants. Some are probably offering take-out meals. I just hope that they survive when this is over.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      You are one of the few people I know who does not like Chinese food. How about Mexican food? Those two types of restaurants are very popular down here amidst the many others.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks especially for sharing the meaning of the Chinese symbols. Your articles are very information and interesting.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      I agree that the outside of this restaurant gives no hint as to what is inside other than the fact of it being Chinese food. It is so pretty on the inside.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chitrangada,

      We like Chinese food also and everything we have had in the Oriental Garden Restaurant has been delicious. Thanks for being the first to comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I think I've told you before that shrimp is my favorite food to order at a restaurant, and the photo looks yummy. I would definitely eat there. I like the lipstick on the pig. Hee.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      This makes me hungry. My local Chinese restaurant has closed indefinitely for the virus and I’m missing them. I like how you present the symbols.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm afraid I'm not a Chinese food kind of guy, but the decor is stunning for sure.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      You have given a thorough review of this restaurant with mouthwatering photos. The inside is much more impressive than the outside of the building.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent article and I love Chinese food. The symbolism and the ambiance of the Oriental Garden looks great, and the food appears so tempting.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

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