Lodgeur Guide: Asian Restaurants in Houston

a spicy tilapia soup
B2J Suancai Fish on Bellaire Food Street specializes in a spicy tilapia soup, but you can usually order a bowl of beef soup if you arrive earlier in the day.

Houston is home to more than 1200 restaurants centered on food from East or Southeast Asia, including James Beard Award winners. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or an exquisite dinner, there’s something for everyone in Houston’s vibrant Asian restaurant scene. From traditional Chinese cuisine to Japanese sushi bars and Korean BBQ joints, these eateries offer up delicious dishes from all over Asia.

With such a rich selection of Asian food in Houston, choosing the best is a moving target. This is Lodgeur’s list of great choices you may not find on all the other lists. It includes up-and-coming restaurants and established favorites.

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

chips and salsa at Loro
Wonton chips and salsa at Loro Asian Smokehouse.

Located in a renovated Church in the Heights neighborhood, Loro merges Texas bbq with Southeast Asian flavors. Founded by James Beard Award winning chefs Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Loro is a casual foodie heaven with a legendary happy hour menu.

The Malaysian curry chicken rice bowl, smoked beef brisket, green0curry hush puppies, and oak-grilled zucchini with cashew sambal are Lodgeur favorites. Due to the incredible variety of creative and delicious dishes, Loro is certainly one of the few barbecue restaurants where carnivores and vegetarians can both leave with a full stomach!

About half of the dishes are served tapas style, making it easy to taste and share a variety of flavors. The food comes out lightening fast and the frozen cocktails hit the spot every time. Indoor seating and covered picnic benches outside with fans. Loro works well for large groups and families.

Siu Lap City

The Texas love for barbecue includes barbecue from around the world. Siu Lap City serves up authentic Chinese BBQ in a no-frills atmosphere. Try the BBQ pork and fresh bok choi for a happy belly.

PopFancy Dessert Bar

An image from the Harry Potter theme at PopFancy.
An image from the Harry Potter theme at PopFancy.

Step inside the mouth-watering world of PopFancy Dessert Bar, Houston’s most stylish spot for creative and delicious desserts and drinks. Celebrate your favorite fandoms in honor of Harry Potter, BTS, 1990s anime–just to name a few! With all its fandom attention to detail you’re sure to find something that resonates with you. Don’t forget to dress up too – guests of any age are welcome! Want easy access? Purchase tickets online so you can skip the line at entrance for only $1.

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Exterior photo of Kura Revolving Sushi Bar located at Mid Main Lofts

Kura Sushi restaurant in Houston is a playful dining experience. The menu features a variety of sushi, sashimi, and rolls starting at $3/plate. But it’s not just the food that makes Kura such an enjoyable place to eat – there’s also their famous conveyor belt system and robot waiters!

JINYA Ramen Bar

Katsu-pork bao at Jinya Ramen Bar in Midtown Houston.
Katsu-pork bao at Jinya Ramen Bar in Midtown Houston.

Get your ramen-fix satisfied at Jinya Ramen Bar in Houston! With over 20 toppings, you’re sure to find a flavor that tantalizes your taste buds. From the traditional miso and shoyu flavors to more daring combinations like spicy garlic tonkotsu or vegan ramen, this popular spot is guaranteed to please everyone’s palate!

B2J Suancai Fish

Suancai Fish soup
The fish soup is the star of the show at B2J Suancai on Bellaire Food Street.

The menu at B2J Suancai is pretty limited but the space has a comfortable, playful vibe. Most days, you should expect to order the signature tilapia soup. It comes in a Texas-sized bowl for sharing and you can choose the add-ins. We recommend adding in the tofu, black mushrooms and pickled cabbage. Afterward, head next door to PopFancy for a fun treat.

Spicy Girl

Asian food on the table
Stir fry, curry and soup dumplings at Spicy Girl.

Spicy Girl offers mostly Szechuan dishes, along with Peking duck, and some Thai-style curries. Spicy Girl is known for its friendly, attentive service and generous portion sizes, so plan on taking home leftovers! Order the pan-fried soup dumplings as well; they’re a must-try.

Mai’s Restaurant

Mai's Restaurant
Experience traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho and bun bo hue, and modern creations like grilled pork banh mi sandwiches and shrimp summer rolls at Mai’s.

Mai’s Restaurant in Houston is a popular Vietnamese restaurant that has drawn Anthony Bourdain on his visits to the city. Mai’s is known for its distinct flavors and fresh ingredients, as well as its environmental stewardship. Traditional dishes like pho and bun bo hue coexist with more modern creations like grilled pork banh mi sandwiches and shrimp summer rolls on the menu. Whether you want to try traditional Vietnamese cuisine or something new, Mai’s is sure to have something on the menu that will satisfy your taste buds!

Wanna Bao

bao sandwich

For a delicious taste of Szechuan cuisine, look no further than Wanna Bao restaurant in Houston. Located Midtown, this modern Chinese restaurant is best known for its soup dumplings. The menu features an array of appetizers and sides as well as vegetarian options – making it easy for all diners to find something they’ll love.

Fukuoka Sushi Bar & Grill

Fukuoka Sushi in Midtown
Experience the mouthwatering Houston Roll, showcasing snow crab, avocado, and spicy mayo, or savor the Fukuoka Roll, starring shrimp, jalapeño, and cilantro at Fukuoka Sushi Bar & Grill.

Midtown’s Fukuoka serves up consistently good sushi and ramen that won’t break the bank. The fried rice, yakisoba and ramen make Fukuoka a great choice for parties that have a mix of seafood lovers and avoiders.

Mala Sichuan Bistro

Mala Sichuan has 5 Houston-area locations, and the Montrose location has the bougiest ambiance. Known for its housemade dumplings, Mala is a Houston institution for Sichuan homestlye and street food. Their maps tofu is on point.

Flippin’ Patties

Although Flippin’ Patties is known for its burgers and fries, Lodgeur’s favorite menu item is the chicken pup. The puet burger is also a solid choice, with akaushi beef, marinated pecan smoked pork butt, onions, and provolone. Daily specials are available during “Magic Hours”.

The Rice Box

Egg roll, fried rice, wonton soup and Thai tea on nitro at the Rice Box

At The Rice Box, experience the power of visual allure fused with exquisite gastronomy. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant night markets of dynamic Asian metropolises, its neon-lit decor gives the restaurant a futuristic edge that distinguishes it in the Houston dining scene. The Rice Box reimagines Chinese-American classics, offering dishes like Kung Pao Chicken and General Tso’s, alongside Sesame Chicken and a variety of vegetarian delights including the acclaimed Salt & Pepper Tofu. It further extends its culinary prowess to street food, featuring delectable Sticky Sesame Balls and refreshing Thai Tea on tap. With its presence in four locations in Houston, The Rice Box ensures accessibility to its unique ambience and tantalizing food, making a glimpse of the future just around the corner, no matter where you are in the city.

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