Review of Pepper Twins: Organic Chinese Restaurant in Houston

Updated on March 4, 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.

Interior of Pepper Twins
Interior of Pepper Twins | Source

Sichuan Cuisine in Houston

My husband and I were delighted to discover Pepper Twins, a Chinese restaurant in the River Oaks Shopping Center of Houston. They have since opened other locations in the Houston metro area, as well.

We were both hungry for some good Chinese food. Spicy food pleases our taste buds. Knowing that Pepper Twins offers Sichuan cuisine (also spelled Szechuan) gave us extra incentive to visit it.

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Hot tea | Source

Groupon Discounts

We had another reason to try this restaurant. Are you familiar with Groupon? I had noticed television ads for some time. One day I discovered more about it by doing an online search. For the last several months, we have been happily using Groupon coupons to get us into restaurants, museums, and other places at discounted pricing.

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Sign on building | Source

Pepper Twins Restaurant

There are many excellent online reviews of this particular restaurant.

Dr. Yunan Yang (a former cancer researcher) is the owner. She often imports such things as dry and fresh green peppercorns as well as authentic noodles from her hometown of Chongqing in southwestern China.

Chongqing sounds like a gorgeous cosmopolitan city. It is the fourth largest city in China and is often referred to as the “Mountain City.” Its natural terrain includes lakes, forests, and much beauty in the category of flora and fauna.

Yangtze river cruises often start at this location.

The semi-abstract paintings on the walls of Pepper Twins reflect this type of rolling terrain.

Below is a video showing much of what there is to enjoy in Chongqing.

Spicy Foods

People living in the Sichuan province in southwestern China are known for consuming foods with bold and spicy flavors. These include such items as garlic, chili peppers, star anise, and ginger.

There is also the Sichuan pepper, which is unlike any other type of peppercorn. According to what I read on Wikipedia, it has “slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth . . . that sets the stage for hot spices.”

Our friendly waiter asked us if we liked spicy foods. He also advised us that anything we ordered could be adjusted in the kitchen as to the level of hotness if we desired.

The spicy wonton chips served at each table were delicious! Generally, I skip eating them but found myself indulging in several of them because of how tasty they were.

Spicy wonton chips
Spicy wonton chips | Source

Interior Decor

Each of the 17 tables in this restaurant were set with brown cloth tablecloths and white cloth napkins, which offered a sharp contrast to the brown. The photos that I was snapping showed some of the tables devoid of tablecloths or not yet fully set up for the next guest.

As one might imagine, this restaurant is a popular place. Reservations are advised. The day we went there for the first time, we lucked out in getting one of the last available tables.

Closed on Mondays, every other day of the week, they are open from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and from 4:30 PM to 9 PM. Without reservations, it is probably safer to get there (like we did) after the lunch crowd or earlier in the evening before they get swamped with customers.

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Paper-shaded lighting fixtures | Source
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Wall decor | Source
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Interior decor | Source

The Food

My husband and I ordered two dishes and knew that we would be sharing them since things are served country style. A big bowl of glutenous rice came to the table in a large insulated, covered dish.

The salty pepper shrimp was one of our choices. A total of 16 perfectly cooked good-sized shrimp along with mild crunchy onions made for a delightful dish. I am guessing that they soak their onions in water to eliminate the pungency because they were genuinely mild. My husband does not enjoy a raw onion taste, and he kept adding them to his plate along with the delicious shrimp. As you can easily see, it was peppery but just right as far as we were concerned.

We ordered sweet and sour eggplant with Berkshire pork and loved every last bite of it! When in Asian restaurants, I am always happy to find eggplant with garlic sauce on the menu. This eggplant dish was every bit as savory but had an extra depth of flavor with the ground bits of pork and other seasonings.

The second last photo below shows my plate with some of everything ordered placed upon it. Believe me when I say that we both had seconds and loved every last bite! Nothing but excess rice was returned to the kitchen when our table was cleared!

We had happy tummies when we left and have returned to try more of their entrées. It is tough not to order the very same thing each time. It is that delicious!

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Salty pepper shrimpSweet and sour eggplant with Berkshire porkThe photo above shows our plate with some of everything orderedInsulated dish of hot rice
Salty pepper shrimp
Salty pepper shrimp | Source
Sweet and sour eggplant with Berkshire pork
Sweet and sour eggplant with Berkshire pork | Source
The photo above shows our plate with some of everything ordered
The photo above shows our plate with some of everything ordered | Source
Insulated dish of hot rice
Insulated dish of hot rice | Source
5 stars for Pepper Twins Restaurant

Multiple Locations Now

The first location of Pepper Twins and the one we visited is the first one listed below. Since that time, other sites have opened, and plans are for even more opening soon.

  • 1915 W. Gray St. A, Houston, Texas 77019
  • 315 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
  • 3915 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
  • 1315 W Grand Pkwy S, Katy, TX 77494
  • 9721 W Broadway St #103, Pearland, TX 77584
  • Coming soon: Galleria Mall at 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
  • Coming soon: 5161 San Felipe St, #300, Houston, TX 77056

Handful of Sichuan peppers
Handful of Sichuan peppers | Source

Do you enjoy eating spicy foods?

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Sources

  • http://txpeppertwins.com/about-2/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongqing
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper
  • https://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/09/13/the-science-behind-the-tingling-of-sichuan-peppercorns/

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        Yes, we have also discovered new places because of using Groupon coupons. Some restaurants only offer them when they are new and are trying to get more customers. Other places seem to offer them on a regular basis. Whatever their reasons, it is nice to be able to take advantage of bargains.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        A Chinese place where you should make reservations is a rare place indeed. Your description definitely makes it seem like the place to go for someone who wants a good meal in Houston. I enjoy taking advantage of Groupon opportunities. Sometimes they are new adventures you never knew about.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        Happy to hear that you enjoyed this article for several reasons. I think that you will be amazed at the savings you will enjoy when you start using Groupon coupons. It is great that they are also offered in Canada where you live.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This article is enjoyable, like all your hubs, but it's also useful. I've heard of the word "Groupon", but I've never investigated what it represents. I've just done a quick check online and found that it operates where I live. It looks like it's going to be very interesting to explore the service!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

        Do an Internet search to see if you have Groupon coupons in your part of the country. They are amazing! Using them saves not only on food in restaurants but also admission prices to certain museums, etc.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Donna,

        Thanks, for your comment. Enjoy your day also!

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        After reading this I am sooo hungry for some shrimp. If I ever go to Houston, I will make sure I eat at Pepper Twins restaurant. I was unaware of coupons. I will check it out.

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        Donna Rayne 

        3 weeks ago from Sutter Creek

        Peggy, this is an intriguing article and very well written. Thank you for sharing it!

        Have a lovely day!

        Donna Rayne

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Thanks for your advice. After 3+ years of putting this, and many other posts on my website, the costs were outweighing any benefits. Perhaps after another 2 or 3 years, it might have worked? At my age, I decided that time is not on my side.

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        You really are missing the boat. There is money to be made with these Houston articles....just sayin'

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        Those Sichuan peppers are different from the normal hot peppers. They may be small, but pack a powerful punch of spiciness. Thanks for your comment.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        Too bad that we live so far apart. It would be fun to share meals with you. I am pleased that you enjoyed this article about Pepper Twins Restaurant.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Bushra,

        Pepper Twins Restaurant is a great place to dine. Glad you enjoyed learning about it.

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        manatita44 

        3 weeks ago from london

        Looks palatable. I do eat Chinese and my favourites are broccoli in black bean sauce with rice, or broccoli in garlic sauce with egg fried rice.

        Their peppers look very different, But I like the décor and ambient feel.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I don't tolerate too many spicy foods but I do like them. Your meal looks delicious. The restaurant looks like a lovely place to eat. I really like Chinese food and if I was nearby i would definitely want to try out this restaurant. You gave us an excellent article describing this restaurant.

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        Aishatu Ali 

        3 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

        Looks like a very nice place!

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