There's a lot to do in Asia Town in Houston. Great deals to be had, too!
My girlfriends, Christine, Beth, and I enjoyed a day together, to show you how you can shop, get a massage, and eat a nice lunch, for under 50 bucks! We had a lot of fun along the way too.
Our first stop was a shopping trip to FIT, off of Bellaire and Beltway 8. We were welcomed in Japanese by every worker in the store, which was an enthusiastic way to start our day. FIT is Japan's version of our Dollar Stores. Everything there is only two dollars, if not marked otherwise.
We spoke with supervisor, Eison Leung. "When they first discover us, they're pretty surprised we're here, then we have repeat customers. We get a lot of students too," he says. He went on to say that the majority of customers are a mix of American and Asian. He says it's a fun place for Americans to learn about other cultures.
If you're not from Japan, it's intriguing just to figure out what some of the gadgets are. Almost everything is a conversation piece. Love the bill! Only $10. As we left, we were sent off with another friendly message in Japanese from all of the employees. This time, it was thank you.
Next stop: massage! We found an incredible bargain, an hour-long Reflexology massage for only twenty dollars. Every nerve in your feet is connected to an organ in your body. Reflexology has been known to help everything from insomnia to hypertension. The owner of Joy Foot Reflexology tells us their technique can help with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and promoting weight loss. It's not just about the feet. The massage includes head and neck, as well.
Next stop: Mamak Malaysian Cuisine for lunch. We were introduced to the incredible art of pancake making. Not like the ones served with butter & syrup, and it's nothing like pizza crust, that often flies in the air. We're talking about a delicious delicacy called roti canai, made of rice flour and tossed to perfection.
We were more than ready to try some of the signature dishes at Mamak. We began our meal with fresh, cold coconut water, served in a carved fresh green coconut. We also tested the pineapple fried rice, flaming spare ribs (yes, they really came out on fire), and Pattaya soft shell crab. We thought they were all divine. A three course meal, less than twenty dollars each, plus we had food left over, for a later meal. We agreed that this was a perfect girl's day out!
For more information, visit http://www.fitjpstore.com
We couldn't find a web site for Mamak, but here's where it's located:
Mamak Malaysian Restaurant
9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite 238 in Houston
Contact the restaurant by phone at 713-776-2388.