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25 San Antonio Asian Restaurants We Can't Live Without 

As far as cities go, San Antonio is lucky to have vibrant Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese communities, that have shared their culture and food with the rest of the city's population. Whether you're craving ramen, sushi, pho or homemade kimchi, we've got a list of places that will always have you covered.
Berni Vietnamese
8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982
Service is speedy, and servings are massive at this spotless Vietnamese joint off Wurzbach that ends your meal with a warm bowl of tapioca.
Photo via Instagram, sophie_satx
Fujiya Japanese Garden
9030 Wurzbach Road, (210) 615-7553, fujiyajapanesegarden.com
Servers in traditional attire, a long list of sushi rolls to choose from, and a collection of Japanese bites (get the katsudon) have made this a favorite in the city since 1972.
Photo via Instagram, drjones1011
Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco Road, (210) 366-4508
This café introduced many San Antonians to Korean cuisine and has been rewarded with the top spot in the Best Korean category of our annual Best of San Antonio readers poll for many years. Homemade kimchi and the superior bulgogi continue to entice diners.
Photo via Instagram, alanmauricio84
Golden Wok
Multiple locations, goldenwoksa.com
Sometimes you want tiny pockets of deliciousness in your mouth. Enter Golden Wok’s extensive dim sum menu, which helped propel it as Best Chinese in several of our Best of San Antonio readers polls. The hargau, tapioca skin stuffed with shrimp, are a staff favorite. Visit the Wurzbach location on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for a dim sum house feel. Pick your poison from carts brought around to each table.
Photo via Instagram, jennifer__wan
Godai Sushi Bar and Restaurant
11203 West Ave., (210) 348-6781
Fusion sushi with a Western flair is the vibe at Godai. Classic sushi rolls, sashimi and yakisoba are all on the menu. Don’t miss wine specials during Spurs games and always take a look at the specials board.
Photo at Instagram, Current
Kimura
152 E. Pecan St., Suite 102, (210) 444-0702
San Anto's first noodle house came by way of chef Michael Sohocki, which means authentic as can be ramen, seasonal sides in a bar setting.
Photo via Instagram, mae_gusta_kidd
Arirang Korean Restaurant
2154 Austin Hwy, (210) 650-3845, arirangkoreanrestaurant.net.
Get ready to try some Korean snacks, or pan chan, at this spot — there’s at least 50 items on the bilingual menu and traditional soju, a rice-based distilled liquor, on offer. We’re a fan of the pa jeon, green onion pancakes stuffed with seafood, and anything with octopus, but there’s also plenty of kimchi and Korean barbecue.
Photo via Instagram, miss_eater_tx
Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway, (210) 805-8111
A bright dining space near the San Antonio river is the setting for creative sushi, tasty sashimi and warm katsu don. Noteworthy menu items include the green tea and tempura ice cream.
Photo via Instagram, nique_was_here
Kim Wah Chinese Barbecue
7080 Bandera Road, (210) 520-2200 Don’t be fooled by a long line of fan-drying ducks: You must order ahead. The duck is divine, wrapped in a puffy, dim-sum-like bun. As for the rest of dinner — order from the serious Chinese menu and the chalkboard where you’ll find such exotic treats as braised intestine. Yum.
Photo via Instagram, whoopassgirl
Kungfu Noodle
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586
The noodles, available in both stretched and thick ribbons, are hand-pulled by a pair of Chinese transplants, hailing from the Anhui province. Go for the spicy lamb noodles, stay for the pork and celery dumplings.
Photo by Dan Payton
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Lily’s Philippine Restaurant
8210 Glider Ave., (210) 674-7007
From whole-cooked fish to fragrant stews to chicken adobo to biko and cassava cake, Lily’s is your go-to for life on the island.
Photo via Instagram, yo_its_rev
Ming's Noodle Bar 5249 McCullough Ave., (210) 570-6318
When Ming’s Noodle Bar opened in mid-December, the small shop was taking a gamble on whether diners would latch on to this market staple. Six months later, as we sat slurping spicy coconut noodles in 97-degree temperatures, it’s evident Ming’s Noodle Bar has cemented owner Ming Qian’s grasp on our city.
Photo via Instagram, mingsthing
Thai Dee
5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622
Always a contender of Best Thai in our Best of San Antonio readers poll, Thai Dee serves up what we once described as “ridiculously good, huge dishes at rock-bottom prices.” Check the specials for truly authentic dishes and remember to BYOB.
Photo via Instagram, cara.bowman
MJ China Bistro
10103 Huebner Road, (210) 265-5800
MJ avoids most Chinese décor clichés and tries hard to do the same on the menu — with mixed but promising results. House specialties such as the MJ Steamed Bass typify the approach — try it at lunch.
Photo via Instagram, k8legr8
My ChockDee Oriental Market
115 E. Lindbergh Blvd., Universal City, (210) 566-2210
Nothing is labeled, so it’s helpful to learn a few of the dishes before visiting (unless surprise stewed blood is your dinner goal), or dive into fried pork belly, kare kare stew, longanisa or lumpia, all found at this buffet.
Photo via Instagram, michael.s.alonzo
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471
Don’t let the outside fool you. Inside is masterful sushi, fresh and simple. Some even say it’s the most authentic Japanese food in town. Sit at the sushi bar and watch your sushi being delicately formed. Western-style and Japanese-style seating are also available. Don’t miss the tempura dinners or ramen.
Photo via Instagram, silasloveskrystal
Pho Kim Long
4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 829-8021
Get the giggles out of the way before you head to Pho Kim Long. The joint carries pho favorites in massive bowls, vermicelli bun and Vietnamese sandwiches on soft bollilos. The lunch game is on-pointe.
Photo via Instagram, annahoangvu
Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant
5700 Wurzbach Road, (210) 647-7274
Likely one of the few spots in town to offer halo-halo, or Filipino shaved ice, Sari-Sari also offers an extensive list of soups, starters, entrees, all-day breakfast and baked goods.
Instagram, ricosuavehhh
Sichuan House
3505 Wurzbach Road, Suite 102, (210) 509-9999
Sichuan House delivers regional favorites hailing from Sichuan, found in the southwest of China. The menu is a bit daunting, but go for the handmade dumplings, smashed cucumber salad, tea-smoked duck, or eggplant. Remember to BYOB.
Photo via Instagram, pasmalz
Susie’s Lumpia House
8923 Culebra Road, Suite 106, (210) 616-4354
This buffet-style restaurant in the city’s far west side offers freshness and a rotating list of dishes. Stop in for lunch for under $12.
Photo via Instagram, s.a.foodie
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Kai Japanese & Asian Cuisine
2535 NW Loop 410, (210) 340-8888
Colorful plates with matching taste, this authentic Japanese restaurant serves affordable lunch specials and bento boxes. Try the shrimp tempura and a sake-rita.
Photo via Instagram, neugenx
Thai Chili
Multiple locations, thaichili.net
Curries, fish and noodle dishes in over 30 authentic varieties make this Thai spot, with locations off Thousand Oaks and Stone Oak, the ultimate in healthy pan-Asian cooking. Try the Phad Prik Khing, or Tod Mun Pla.
Photo via Instagram, brandonjermaine
Viet Nam Restaurant
3244 Broadway, (210) 822-7461
Albeit a name change in recent years, Viet Nam went back to the original moniker and continues to offer clay pots and banh xeo for the purist, and decadent spring rolls and richly accessorized pho for mainstream Asian dabblers.
Photo via Instagram, pjweirich
Yaya’s Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Multiple locations, yayasthai.com
This eatery has branches off Potranco, McCullough and Callaghan. The Thai pantheon stands out by virtue of its Panang curry with New York strip, the veggie-packed pad woon sen and fresh, well-seasoned apps like the lemongrass-packed fish cakes and the crisp, carefully fried spring rolls.
Photo via Instagram, stephelizzz
Sichuan Cuisine
2347 NW Military Hwy., (210) 525-8118
The OG Sichuan spot in SA is still going strong. Try the challenging sliced pig’s ear or duck tongues with jalapeño before retreating to the likes of the (also very good) stir-fried lamb with cumin.
Photo via Instagram, w0419
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Berni Vietnamese
8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982
Service is speedy, and servings are massive at this spotless Vietnamese joint off Wurzbach that ends your meal with a warm bowl of tapioca.
Photo via Instagram, sophie_satx
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