Katy Malaysian & Vietnamese Restaurants Now Serving Central Houston
Since opening in 2018, popular Malaysian street food restaurant in Katy Asian Town Center, Phat Eatery, has racked up both acclaim and awards. These include a positive review in 2019 from Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook and winning the Lone Star Entree Champion Reserve award for its Beef Rendang at the 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! Best Bites Competition. Those inside Houston’s 610 Loop who were reluctant to make a long slog to Katy now have an option much closer to home. Alex Au-Yeung’s new shop Phat Kitchen is now open and offering pickup from Blodgett Food Hall at 2616 Blodgett. In addition, Houston is getting an early opportunity to try Yelo, Au-Yeung’s banh mi-focused eatery helmed by Cuc Lam, formerly of SING. Yelo’s storefront is slated to open in Katy later this year.
Both Yelo and Phat Kitchen are “ghost kitchens” operating out of Blodgett Food Hall, meaning these are not traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants — just kitchens preparing food exclusively for delivery or pickup. There’s no real difference regarding the menus or the wide range of food options, though. The food hall is situated at the edge of Houston’s Third Ward and Museum District.
Customers have many options. Both Phat Kitchen and Yelo’s menus are diverse, with categories that include dim sum, noodle soups, Phat Bites (Phat Kitchen’s term for small bites) and even even a few vegetarian items. Yelo’s choices include vermicelli bowls and both traditional and creative twists on banh mi. One such twist is the Char Sui Meatball Banh Mi served with an au jus for dipping.
Houston Food Finder’s readers and newsletter subscribers who signed up for a special, pre-opening preview received an advanced tasting featuring several of the kitchen’s dishes and were able to fill out a special survey providing feedback.
Phat Eatery’s Beef Rendang which is a staple at the Katy restaurant, and features beef banana shank, coconut curry and potatoes has been among the favorite food items from the advanced tasting. Some of the others that received rave reviews include the Pho-rench Dip (a Vietnamese take on the classic French Dip sandwich with spiced brisket, cilantro, basil, jalapeno and sambal on a baguette, served with a side of pho broth to dip the sandwich into.), roti canai — a warm, flaky, croissant-like bread served with curry dip — and the vermicelli bowl.
Au-Yeung saw the potential for a delivery-only restaurant, or ghost kitchen, after seeing to-go sales skyrocket for Phat Eatery after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Au-Yeung began operations out of Blodgett Food Hall, a shared kitchen space owned by Cloudkitchens.
Customers should also watch for another upcoming project from Au-Yeung: Pig + Duck. The new ghost kitchen, which will also operate out of Blodgett Food Hall, will offer Chinese barbecue, including char siu, roasted pork and Peking duck.
For now, Phat Eatery is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and stays open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Starting Monday, November 9, the kitchen is adding breakfast, opening daily at 8 a.m. Orders are available for pick up or delivers. Go online to view the menu, see if you’re within the delivery area and place an order.
Disclosure: Phat Eatery is a current Houston Food Finder sponsor.