Best Asian Food In Austin

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Best Asian Food in Austin

February 27, 2020

Best Asian Food In Austin

MYTH: Asian food gives you Coronavirus.

But across the nation, Asian restaurants and Chinatowns are suffering because people are too scared to go there now. While I think Austin has been immune to this racism, I do think that the mom and pop Asian restaurants in Austin have been affected.

So in light of recent events with Coronavirus (COVID-19), I thought this would be an appropriate time for me to write a guide to the best Asian food in Austin. The reason why I haven’t written anything on this topic in the 10 years that I’ve been blogging and I have a blog post on practically everything at this point is because the Asian food in Austin hasn’t been that great.

SEE ALSO: 24 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin, Updated 2020

Harsh right? But compared to NYC, Houston, or even Taiwan – where I was born – the Asian food in Austin is lacking. HOWEVER, it has improved over the years so here are my favorite spots for Asian food in Austin for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese food with price ranges.


BEST ASIAN FOOD IN AUSTIN: CHINESE

ASIA CAFE

For anyone who is willing to make the drive up to Asia Cafe in North Austin, they have the best Chinese food in Austin IMO. Generous portions, affordable, and this is where my parents will eat. 

If you like spicy, hot & spicy lamb or the spicy fish fillet. It’s their iconic dishes but I personally opt for the braised pork and spicy beef noodle soup. 

Price Range: $

What To Order: honey walnut shrimp, braised pork with preserved veggie, stir-fried water spinach, and spicy beef noodle soup

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #114a

 

101 By Teahaus in Austin

101 BY TEAHOUSE

My favorite Taiwanese beef noodle soup in Austin is at 101 By Teahouse. I wouldn’t recommend their bubble tea but the beef noodle soup is stellar. 

Price Range: $

What To Order: beef noodle soup

6929 Airport Blvd #132

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Spots For Bubble Tea In Austin

 

Li Hot Pot in Austin Texas

LI HOT POT

I love hot pot but the options in Austin were always kind of pricey so I was thrilled to find Li Hot Pot. The soup base is $7.99 – $8.99 and then you pick your add-ins. I like supreme beef, supreme marbled meat, pig blood, sweet born, napa cabbage, frozen tofu, king oyster mushroom, and potato starch noodles.

I recommend getting the half and half pot that comes with both regular broth and spicy broth so you can dip from both. Hot pot is best enjoyed with a couple of friends where you can share the pot and it ends up being about $10 a person! There’s nothing like steaming hot pot with cold beer.

Price Range: $$

What To Order: half and half pot

825 E Rundberg Ln

SEE ALSO: My Favorite Asian Noodles & Ramen In Austin

 

MAMA FU’S

Yes, I did just put Mama Fu’s on this post but hear me out. It’s American-Chinese food but it’s pretty cheap and it’s convenient takeout. Not everything is good on the menu so I’ve listed my favorites below.

Price Range: $

What To Order: sesame pork, lo mein, and wonton soup

Multiple locations in Austin

 

Old Thousand in Austin Texas

OLD THOUSAND

If you want to take someone on a date that includes Chinese food, I recommend Old Thousand on the East side. It’s a hip spot with a cocktail bar. Happy time is Monday to Friday from 5 – 6:30pm with food discounts and 50% off all bottles of wine.

Price Range: $$

What To Order: mapo eggplant (vegan), green beans, kung pao cauliflower, general tso chicken, and char siu

1000 E 11th St

 

Peached Tortilla in Austin Texas

THE PEACHED TORTILLA

The Peached Tortilla serves Southern/Asian comfort food with a more casual lunch menu of tacos, tostadas, and bowls. I personally like the dinner menu more, specifically the lush pork belly bowl, dan dan noodles, and Hainan chicken. I think Peached is the only place in Austin that you can get Hainan chicken and it’s SO good with the ginger scallion dipping sauce.

You can also book The Peached Tortilla food truck for events and weddings. 

Price Range: $$

What To Order: Hainan chicken, pork belly bowl, and dan dan noodles

5520 Burnet Rd #100

 

Sugarpine in Austin Texas

SUGAR PINE

This beautiful spread of food is at Sugar Pine, a new cafe in North Austin. You’ll find onigiri, chicken karaage, soba noodles, sets, and homemade ice cream. Not only is everything beautifully plates, it’s also delicious. 

Price Range: $$

What To Order: onigiri, chicken karaage, soba noodles, sets, and ice cream

8578 Research Blvd

 

Wu Chow in Austin Texas

WU CHOW

​If you’re celebrating a special occasion and you want Chinese food, Wu Chow in downtown Austin is the spot. Wu Chow has iconic Chinese dishes like Lion’s Head meatballs, Hunan style beef, Singapore noodles, seafood bird’s nest, salt & pepper squid, pork dumplings, and whole fish. 

Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 5 – 6pm.

Price Range: $$$

What To Order: whole fish and seafood bird’s nest

500 W 5th St 

 

New Fortune in Austin

NEW FORTUNE

You guys are always asking me for the best dim sum brunch in Austin and well, there are only like 3 spots to choose from so here are my two recommendations. New Fortune in the Chinatown Center is the most authentic that’s a HUGE restaurant and you can experience the rush of dim sum carts with different Asian dialectics.

Go with friends and order a bunch of different small dishes. 

Price Range: $

What To Order: fried dumplings, shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, steamed bbq pork bun, pan-fried turnip cake, and fried sesame balls

10901 N Lamar Blvd

 

LIN ASIAN BAR

And if you want a fancy dim sum brunch, Lin Asian Bar on West 6th is a great spot. It does get pretty busy on the weekends so be prepared to wait.

Price Range: $$

What To Order: soup dumplings, fried dumplings, and pork buns

1203 W 6th St

 

Best frozen dumplings

BEST FROZEN DUMPLINGS

And the best for frozen dumplings, honestly, buy a bag at the Asian supermarket. This is the brand that my parents always buy so I’ve always bought this brand. It’s super cheap – about 30 dumplings for $5 – $6.

How to cook dumplings: Bring a pot of water to boiling and then boil dumplings for 3-4 minutes. Or until they float and the skin looks slightly translucent. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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BEST LOCAL FROZEN DUMPLINGS

And if you want to support a local dumpling brand in Austin, check out Steamies. Steamies makes Chinese dumplings with locally sourced ingredients that are each made from hand – they also have vegan dumplings!

You can find Steamies at the Mueller Farmers Market on Sunday from 10am-2pm and Lakeline Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am-2pm.


BEST KOREAN FOOD IN AUSTIN

Korea House in Austin

KOREA HOUSE

For an authentic Korean meal, go to Korea House in North Austin. Korean House tucked in a strip center but the food is authentic and is reminiscent of a home-cooked meal.

The Dosirak (Korean lunch box) is a steal during the week from 11am – 2pm with a beef bulgogi lunch box that includes 2 banchan, ginger salad, Korean egg drop soup, mandu, and rice for only $11

Price Range: $$

What To Order: bulgogi, Galbi Tang, bibimbap, and haemul pajeon (seafood and scallion pancake)

2700 W Anderson Ln #501, koreahouseaustin.com/#menu

 

Chosun Galbi in Austin Texas

CHOSUN GALBI

I just went to Chosun Galbi for the first time recently and it’s at the top of my list of favorite Korean restaurants in Austin because of the Korean bbq meat is really good and at a reasonable price and the banchan (complimentary side dishes) are really good too.

Between the four of us, we ordered the Assorted BBQ (for 3) – a combination of fresh short ribs, marinated short ribs, thinly sliced beef brisket, beef bulgogi, pork bulgogi, chicken bulgogi, and 3 jumbo shrimps for $83.95. I really liked that the staff helped us cook the meat and checked on us periodically to restock banchan. 

We also got the Gam Ja Tang hot pot and didn’t think it was that great. 

713 E Huntland Dr, chosungalbiaustin.com

 

Noodle bowl at Chi'Lantro BBQ in Austin Texas

CHI’LANTRO

Everyone loves Chi’Lantro’s kimchi fries but they also have chicken wings, tacos, rice and noodle bowls.

Price Range: $

Multiple locations in Austin

 

CHARM KOREAN BBQ

I love Charm Korean BBQ because it’s the only all-you-can-eat Korean bbq spot in Austin. It’s best experienced with a group of friends with soju/sake. It ranges from $25.99 to $49.99 depending on if you want premium meats like prime rib.

Price Range: $$$

1200 W Howard Ln

 

Oseyo Korean restaurant in Austin Texas

OSEYO 

My favorite spot for Korean food is Oseyo, the newest Korean restaurant in Austin that’s located in East Austin. The food is more expensive and a smaller portion than Korean House but I think the food is better and the space is gorgeous. So if you’re wanting to do date night or impress clients, then I highly recommend Oseyo. Oseyo has a private room in the back that’s available for events. 

I love the kalbi tang soup and kalbi!

What To Order: kimchi jigae, kalbi (beef short rib), bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated ribeye), jajangmeyon, and kalbi tang.

Price Range: $$$

1628 E Cesar Chavez St


BEST THAI FOOD IN AUSTIN

Thai Fresh in Austin Texas

THAI FRESH

If you ever get the chance to meet Jam at Thai Fresh, which is pretty likely as she’s always at her restaurant, she’s super sweet. Thai Fresh is a bit more expensive than your typical Thai restaurant in Austin but that’s because gratuity is included the cost already. 

Thai Fresh also does cooking classes so you can learn how to make your own drunken noodles or pad thai. 

What To Order: drunken noodles and any of the ice cream

Price Range: $$

909 W Mary St

SEE ALSO: 24 Best Healthy Restaurants In Austin, Updated 2020

 

Dee Dee Austin

DEE DEE

Dee Dee is a food truck that is currently parked at Radio Coffee in South Austin. If you really want authentic Thai food, Dee Dee is the most authentic as you can get. The Pad kaprow and laab moo is so good but it’s really, really spicy, Tame the fire with their mango & sticky rice, and an iced Thai tea.

What To Order: pad kaprow, laab moo, and mango & sticky rice

Price Range: $

4204 Manchaca Road 

 

MADAM MAM’S

When I was in college at UT Austin, I would treat myself to a meal at Madam Mam’s after an exam. Madam Mam’s has the best fried rice IMO but only when it’s paired with their homemade chili oil. It’s so good that people started stealing the jars so they only give you a little plastic container of it now.

What To Order: fried rice with chili oil

Price Range: $$

2514 Guadalupe St

 

TITAYA’S

For pad Thai, I recommend going to Titaya’s. When I’m craving Asian takeout, I usually order the pad Thai and tom kha soup from Titaya’s.

What To Order: pad Thai and tom kha soup

Price Range: $$

5501 N Lamar Blvd

 

Sway Thai, Best Asian Food In Austin

SWAY

You’re probably seeing a trend here on this best Asian food in Austin blog post with affordable options up to a fancy option that’s $$$$. Sway is one of the highly recommend fine dining restaurants in Austin and they serve authentic Thai cuisine. I will warn you that most things on the menu are super spicy. 

What To Order: chicken wings, jungle curry, blue crab fried rice, son in law, and tiger cry

Price Range: $$$$

1417 s 1st st and 11501 Rock Rose Ave #100


BEST JAPANESE / SUSHI IN AUSTIN

Kome Austin

KOME

There aren’t a ton of options in Austin for just straight-up simple sushi so my favorite sushi spot for a quick weekday meal is Kome. The teishoku (combination lunch) is a great lunch deal. Happy hour is Monday to Thursday from 5 – 6pm with $5 izakaya cocktails, $5 well drinks, discounted snacks and sushi.

What To Order: shrimp tempura, age-dashi tofu, kara-age, takoyaki, any of the teishoku (combination lunch), and sushi lunch

Price Range: $$

5301 Airport Blvd #100

 

Ramen Tatsu-ya in Austin Texas, Best Asian Food In Austin

RAMEN TATSU-YA

Who doesn’t Ramen Tatsu-Ya?! Their pork tonkotsu pork bone broth is magical. I recently had the veggie ramen and unfortunately, it was disappointing but read down for a good veggie ramen!

What To Order: tonkotsu orginal, mi-so-hot, and ol’skool ramen

Price Range: $$

Multiple locations in Austin

 

Daruma Ramen in Austin Texas

DARUMA RAMEN

My favorite ramen spot in Austin is Daruma on 6th street because they use a chicken broth. I haven’t had the veggie ramen personally but my vegetarian friends have told me it’s really good.

Daruma also has a soft-serve machine with different soft serve every month. Not every flavor is good… I’ve had their wasabi soft serve before it wasn’t good but their other flavors are! 

What To Order: miso ramen or sho yu ramen

Price Range: $$

612-b E 6th St

 

Sushi Junai Omakase

SUSHI JUNAI OMAKASE

Sushi Junai just opened their third location in downtown Austin on 3rd and Congress but this isn’t their all-you-can-eat sushi like their first location. Sushi Junai Omakase is their fine dining concept with an 18-course omakase.

The $150 18-course omakase features an A5 wagyu beef from Japan with shaved truffle and 24k edible gold on top. 

There’s also a 15-course omakase option for $75 but doesn’t include the wagyu, caviar, and foie gras.

What To Order: 18-course omakase

Price Range: $$$$

315 Congress Ave #100

 

UCHIKO

Everyone knows that the best Japanese restaurants in Austin are Uchi and Uchiko so I feel like I don’t need to explain too much. Uchiko does more modern Japanese cuisine whereas Uchi is more traditional Japanese cuisine. Sit at the sushi bar if you want the full experience.

Both restaurants are pricey but they have happy hour every day! Sake social is every day from 5–6:30pm.

What To Order: 

Price Range: $$$$

4200 N Lamar Blvd

 

Nigiri at Uchi Austin

UCHI

Uchi is really known for the omakase tasting menu.

What To Order: hot rack wagyu beef, foie gras sushi, and other sushi obviously 

Price Range: $$$$

801 S Lamar Blvd 

 

TenTen, Japanese restaurant in Austin Texas

TENTEN

TenTen just is a new modern Japanese rsetaurant that just opened in downtown Austin on West 6th street. Check out my video on Instagram for my dining experience! 

What To Order: charred edamame⁣, ⁣giant tiger prawns, sashimi platter, crab leg, a5 ⁣wagyu strip ($140 for 9 pieces), and peach blossom cocktail⠀

Price Range: $$$$

501 W 6th St

SEE ALSO: 20 Best Breweries In Austin For Craft Beer, Updated 2020


BEST VIETNAMESE FOOD IN AUSTIN

 

Pho Dan in Austin Texas

PHO DAN

My favorite spot for pho is Pho Dan in North Austin – it’s affordable, clean, and hits the spot when I need something soupy. My go-to pho order is #13 but I recommend for you to look at what kind of meat you like. I like marble brisket because it’s more tender than round steak.

I also like #40A – the steamed rice with charbroiled beef and egg rolls.

Price Range: $

1220 N Lamar Blvd 

 

THANH NHI

The best vermicelli bowl in Austin IMO is Dong Nai. It’s a hole-in-the-wall small restaurant located in a strip mall so it’s not fancy by any meals but the food is cheap and really good. The grilled pork vermicelli bowl comes with perfectly marinated and barbecued pork, fried spring rolls, and a little saucer of fish sauce.

I love Thanh Nhi’s #A1 special spring rolls with grilled pork sausage, a deep-fried spring roll wrapped rolled up inside the spring roll.

Price Range: $

1335 E Whitestone Blvd T100

 

BAGUETTE HOUSE

For banh mi, I always go to Baguette House located in the MT shopping center. They bake the baguettes from scratch and the sandwiches are long and skinny.  

What To Order: #1 house special combination banh mi

Price Range: $

10901 North Lamar Boulevard

 

888 PAN ASIAN RESTAURANT

If you go to 888 on any Friday, there’s a one hour wait for this popular Pan Asian restaurant that serves Vietnamese and Chinese dishes in South Austin.

What To Order: roast duck egg noodle soup and beef flat rice noodles

Price Range: $

2400 E Oltorf St #1A

 

1618 Asian Fusion in Austin Texas, Best Asian Food In Austin

1618 ASIAN FUSION

Another spot if you want Asian food in a fancy space is 1618 Asian Fusion on Riverside. They have cocktails (a stellar, smokey old fashioned cocktail), lobster, whole Peking duck, fried whole fish, and live music.

What To Order: filet mignon pepper steak, Thai crispy red snapper, and spicy chili Singapore lobster

Price Range: $$$

1618 E Riverside Dr

 

Elizabeth St Cafe in Austin Texas, Best Asian Food In Austin

ELIZABETH STREET CAFE

I only go to Elizabeth St Cafe is someone else paying because, to be honest, it’s just expensive. By comparison, their pho is $18 versus the typical bowl of pho that’s $7. I do love their kaffir lime fried chicken bún (vermicelli bowl). 

What To Order: spring rolls and kaffir lime fried chicken bún

Price Range: $$$

1501 S 1st St


I know I am missing Indian food on this list but I plan on writing a separate blog post on best Indian restaurants in Austin.

AFBA CityGuide 2020

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2020 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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