The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Brazos County officials are distributing free backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for K-12 students on July 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryan High Silver Campus Cafeteria.
Brazos County to distribute free school supplies
‘Back to School Bash’ invites K-12 families on July 12
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 11, 2024
Graduate G Tyrece Radford (23) drives to the basket during Texas A&Ms game against Nebraska in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
How Tyrece Radford can catch the attention of NBA scouts
Roman Arteaga, Sports Writer • July 10, 2024

After 5 years of college basketball at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Tyrece Radford is furthering his athletic career with the San Antonio...

Craig Reagans 1973 brown Mach 1 Mustang features custom stickers of Craig and his wife, and is completely rebuilt from the ground up. The interior was completely torn out and replaced with new dashboard and radio.
Compassion in the car community
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • July 9, 2024

This past Sunday, Cars and Coffee welcomed exactly one car: a sleek, brown Mustang that stood alone like a lone ranger in the Wild West. This...

Chancellor John Sharp during a Board of Regents meeting discussing the appointmet of interim dean Mark Welsh and discussion of a McElroy settlement on Sunday, July 30, 2023 in the Memorial Student Center.
Analysis: Chancellor Sharp’s retirement comes with new dilemmas
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 2, 2024

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday he will be retiring on June 30, 2025.  A figure notorious in state politics,...

Nipa Hot home cookin’

Nipa Hot has been servicing the spicy needs of Northgate for almost 10 years now, and has become such an institution that former students come back for the memories. “People who ate here during school always come back and say ‘Nipa Hot was a part of my college experience.’ They bring coolers with them and take extra servings home with them,” said owner
Zeny Dockery.
While some business names have obvious sources, I had to ask Dockery where his originated. “It is a play on words. In Thailand, we call rural homes ‘nipa huts’ and since we serve spicy food – Nipa Hot!”
The Bamboo Beef plate has sliced meat sauteed with garlic, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, chilies and coconut milk and, according to Dockery, customers love it. “Almost every dish can be vegetarian, and we don’t mind customizing the order; some diabetic customers don’t want sugar, and some want to keep the fat down by not using any oil. We don’t mind, since we cook it from scratch.”
Bamboo Beef is a best-seller at Nipa Hot, but less adventurous customers can opt for the Beef Basil or the Hot Spicy Noodles. Beef Basil is a great beginner dish, with sauteed beef, garlic and fresh basil.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Nipa Hot 101: Dockery wants customers to know: Don’t order the spiciest pepper level. “I see customers come in and order a No. 5 spicy (the hottest peppers) and a pitcher of water, and they suffer through the meal.” The range of spice is from No.0 (no spice) to a No. 5 (red from the habanero pepper) and Dockery says most people order a No. 3 level. “A three is still pretty spicy, but it is closer to what most people are accustomed to with spicy Mexican food.” Even if you crave a soft drink, Dockery says to drink water or tea. “The carbonation and the spices really don’t go well together; your stomach won’t like it.”
Collateral Damage: $$ of $$$$$. Beef Basil costs only $5.25, and 25? for extra rice.
Crowd Appeal: There is an addictive quality to Nipa Hot. It’s a plain building and a plain environment, but the food is spicy and always fresh. Some customers seem to like its healthy nature (most dishes are great for diets), and others like the spicy vegetarian plates. The big draw seems to be the Thai peppers and the occasional friend-to-friend dare to eat a No. 5-level dish.
Regulars Say: Proving Dockery’s point about Aggies coming back, Jack Charles, Class of 2001, said he returns to College Station for “friends, Nipa Hot and Freebirds.” “Living on Northgate, I ate at Nipa Hot with my friends all the time, so going back is like remembering all the fun,” Charles said. He laughs about his favorite memory of Nipa Hot: “A bunch of guys from Hotard went to Nipa Hot, and this one guy insisted that he was tough enough for a No. 5 spicy dish. After a couple hours, he managed to eat the dish, but was sweating so much his glasses fogged up. We never let him forget about it.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *