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Oriental Garden: Delicious Chinese Food in Spring, Texas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2020:

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.

Adrienne Farricelli on July 01, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

Hi Dora,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

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.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 11, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

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.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 11, 2020:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 11, 2020:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 11, 2020:

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

Liz Westwood from UK on April 11, 2020:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 11, 2020:

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.