Just as the City of Angels is a sparkling hub for entertainment, fashion, and commerce, it’s also one for food—and considering its strategic location encompassing Koreatown and bordering the heavily-Asian-populated San Gabriel Valley, it’s home to famous and beloved Asian food in particular. These Los Angeles eateries are must-trys because they’re unique, made with love, and reminiscent of home.
1. Myungrang ($)
450 S Western Ave Ste 313 Los Angeles, CA 90020
You’ve probably already seen these colorful corn dogs on instagram by now, but these unique snacks are all the rage in LA’s Koreatown. This to-go chain started out in Korea and is known for its highly-rated squid ink and mozzarella corn dogs. Personally, I find their tteokbokki to be a perfect night bite!
2. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle ($$)
2057 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025
If you’re a ramen fan and you haven’t had Tsujita’s dipping noodles yet, you HAVE to go. A unique type of ramen eaten in a transformative way, the tsukemen served at Tsujita is the best of its kind! As Jasmine Z. stated perfectly in her yelp review, “Each bite of noodles with a splash of lime juice, the dipping broth, and the spicy sauce they provide gives me chills every time.” It’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience!
3. Half and Half ($)
3007 Huntington Dr Ste 104 Pasadena, CA 91107
How could we make an article about Asian food in LA and not mention its top-tier boba shops? Half and Half is considered one of the most reliable boba places in SoCal, thanks to its solid milk teas and famous hot honey boba. In case you needed any more convincing, some users even call it the best boba in SGV!
4. Sun Nong Dan ($$)
3470 W 6th St Ste 7 Los Angeles, CA 90020
With over a thousand reviews on Yelp, Sun Nong Dan is decidedly one of the most popular Korean restaurants in LA. Its specialty Galbi Jjim, or braised short ribs, brings in customers from all around the States. Their other bestsellers include purple rice and oxtail soup.
5. LOVE ($$)
8205 Santa Monica Blvd Unit 5, 6 West Hollywood, CA 90046
Clean. Flavorful. Eye-catching. As one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world, LA is bound to have vegan options for almost every cuisine. West Hollywood’s LOVE is that option for Thai food enthusiasts. Pictured: their popular Crispy Rice. Yelp users also recommend their yellow curry and the love-on-fire sushi roll!
6. Big Boi ($$)
2027 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025
This restaurant is known for its trendy, warm aesthetic and modern takes on Filipino comfort foods. While I haven’t been to Big Boi myself, my friends absolutely love it, and I’m a huge fan of the owners’ dessert shop, which is just down the street. The next time you’re in Sawtelle treat yourself to some longanisa, tocino, and fried rice, as pictured here.
7. Ixlb Dim Sum Eats ($)
5900 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
Get a quick dim sum fix from this takeaway spot with rave reviews. Located on Sunset Blvd., Ixlb Dim Sum Eats is known for its har gow (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai.
8. Spoon by H ($$)
7158 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
This local, family-owned Korean cafe has received praise from the LA Times, Eater Los Angeles, and Forbes. They have plenty of intricately made and delicious options whether you’re craving entrees or dessert. I recommend the Berry Waffle if you’ve got a sweet tooth like me.
9. Kang Ho Dong Bakjeong ($$)
3465 W 6th St Ste 20 Los Angeles, CA 90020
Kang Ho Dong Bakjeong is THE KBBQ spot in Los Angeles. I love the restaurant’s lively and friendly atmosphere, and the food is noted for its consistent high quality. “Never disappoints. Even during the hardest year,” says Gabriel B. on Yelp.
10. Broken Mouth | Lee’s Homestyle ($$)
231 E 9th St Los Angeles, CA 90015
This eatery combines Hawaiian and Californian tradition to create something completely unique. Their popular dishes include purple rice spam musubi and a “local plate” that features delicious Portuguese sausage and sunny-side-up eggs.
11. Hoy Ka Thai Restaurant ($$)
5908 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
This popular Thai town spot is known for its noodles. If you’re in a hurry, Hoy Ka is a great option because of its efficient service. The Hoy-Ka noodles and Pad See Ew are both amazing choices.
3300 W 6th St Unit 2 Los Angeles, CA 90020
This all-out dessert place is the perfect closer to our decadent list. Offered in a variety of flavors like oreo tiramisu and mango melon, Oakobing’s signature Korean shaved ice is perfect for sharing. (Or not!)
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