Joycelyn Lo and Kai Huang brought their family’s Indo-Chinese cuisine concept all the way from New York City to Missouri City.

The concept began with Lo’s father, Peter, who opened Tangra Masala in Elmhurst, New York, in the early 2000s. After having success with that location, the Lo family opened a banquet hall called Tangra Asian Fusion in Sunnyside, New York.

Although Huang, Lo’s fiance, worked in construction doing project management, the couple wanted to find a way to work together.

“We wanted to always do something together, start a business because we always wanted to see each other,” Huang said.

Since Lo had experience in her father’s restaurant, the couple decided to start a restaurant. After struggling to find an affordable space in New York City, they began to consider moving in October 2021. A friend who had relocated to Sugar Land recommended they visit the Houston area.

“Things are cheaper here,” Huang said. “It’s very diverse; people love to eat here.”

Lo and Huang found their space in Missouri City after a six-month search. They moved down in July 2022, renovated the space, and opened Tangra’s Daughter in October.

Tangra is the Chinatown in Kolkata, India, the birthplace of both Lo’s father and Indo-Chinese cuisine. Huang describes the restaurant’s cuisine as Asian fusion—Chinese food infused with Indian seasonings.

“That’s what we thought we’d bring new to the table here, because we didn’t see a lot of Asian fusion like that, specifically Indo-Chinese,” Huang said.

The couple said they have had more success than they expected for a new restaurant, and many of their customers were familiar with the New York City locations. Additionally, Tangra’s Daughter caters to the Muslim community with the use of halal meat. Huang said the couple hopes to continue offering other cultures the chance to experience Indo-Chinese cuisine.

“If we could branch out, kind of just to share our cuisine out, that would be our ultimate goal,” Huang said.

Tangra’s Daughter

4707 Hwy. 6, Missouri City


Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-10:30 p.m., closed 3-4 p.m. daily