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Where to Find the Best Ramen and Pho in San Antonio 

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With cooler temperatures happening more often in San Antonio, it only makes sense that you'll warm up with a bowl of something delicious. Whether you prefer ramen or pho, here are the hot Asian bowls you need to have in your life.
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Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway, (210) 805-8111,
Pork-lovers will want to stop by for the pork-based broth and spice it up with sriracha. Though the bowl is plenty filling, be sure to order some apps like the crispy gyoza or the simple vegetable tempura.
Photo via Instagram / archivist_ang
Ito Ramen
14395 Blanco Road, (210) 843-4230,
Priding itself in serving up authentic AF bowls, Ito Ramen gives you plenty of options: regular or spicy, pork or seafood, veggie or not. However you customize your bowl, it will definitely be tasty and completely satisfying.
Photo via Instagram / leiaquintos
Lucky Noodle
8525 Blanco Road, (210) 267-9717
An offshoot of Kungfu Noodle, the still-young Lucky Noodle. The noodles are hand-pulled, meaning they’re made especially for you, and you can choose whether you want them thin, flat, or Fettuccine-style. Be sure to customize your bowl with your favorite protein – and you better order the brisket at some point. (This is Texas, after all.)
Photo via Instagram / lovebriecheese
152 East Pecan Street #102, (210) 444-0702,
Though there’s other options on the menu, you’ll want to order the ramen at Kimura (also available Freight Gallery and Cherrity Bar). Go for the tonkotsu, adapt it to your liking, and top it off with the house spice. It will definitely change your life.
Photo via Instagram / notorioushuyig
Kungfu Noodle
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586,
Whenever you’re in Leon Valley, do yourself a favor and stop by Kungfu. You’ll be able to choose what kind of girth you want your noodle to have, as well as your protein, spice level and all the other yumminess inside. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the sweet potato noodle soup with beef.
Photo via Instagram / yaaaash.tx
Nama Ramen
6565 Babcock Road, (210) 641-2888,
Nama lets your choose from four different base broths – shoyu, tonkotsu, miso or spicy miso. Once you make that hard decision, you can have fun and make different combinations with add-ons like roasted corn, hot oil, woodear mushroom, bamboo shoots and more depending on what already comes in your bowl.
Photo via Instagram / nama_ramen
Tenko Ramen
312 Pearl Parkway Bldg 6, #6112, (210) 267-2996,
Head over to the food hall and grab a bowl of Tenko’s ramen. While it makes a perfect bougie snap for your Instagram, this bowl lets you choose from a handful of different broths with fun add-ons.
Photo via Instagram / em.huber
Viva Pho
2114 NW Military Hwy, (210) 525-8388,
Over in Castle Hills, you should definitely hit up Viva Pho when hunger strikes and all you want is some pho. Honestly, you’ll either become a regular or never come back, but this place is worth trying. If you do, you’ll get to find your favorite bowl with different noodle, broth and protein options.
Photo via Instagram / letseatsa
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 West Hildebrand Avenue, (210) 736-5471
With the Japanese aesthetic checking all the boxes for super authentic dining experience, Niki’s also delivers for tasty noodles. Though specializing in sushi, this Hildebrand restaurant serves up ramen that consistently hits the spot.
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Pho Plus Restaurant
1550 Austin Hwy #103, (210) 822-0173,
Folks in this neck of the woods will want to hit up Pho Plus for their Asian soup needs. Go for the tofu and vegetable option or choose from one of the meats like rare flank steak, chicken or meatball. If you really want to go all out, you can get the supreme option with all of the meats.
Photo via Instagram / el_dieguis
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Ming's Noodle Bar
5253 McCullough Avenue, (210) 564-9349,
Over at Ming’s Thing, you’ll want to head straight over to the Noodle Bar. There’s a variety of pre-made bowls with rice, egg or sweet potato noodles paired with different broths like miso, ma la, red curry coconut or chicken. While these noodles are more than satisfying, you’ll want to order up a few steamed buns while you’re there.
Photo via Instagram / lizarrdqueen
Berni Vietnamese Restaurant
8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982,
Trust this strip-mall Vietnamese eatery to come through when you’re craving pho. With 15 variations of the noodley goodness (including a tofu veggie option), you’re bound to find a bowl or two that you’ll love.
Photo via Instagram / anniespetitetreats
Fujiya Japanese Garden
9030 Wurzbach Road, (210) 615-7553,
With the aesthetic of a legit japanese restaurant, Fujiya brings authentic chashu ramen, yakisoba, and a variety of udon noodles. Plus there’s lunch specials and happy hour, so Fujiya won’t have you breaking the bank.
Photo via Instagram / joshiethefoodie
Pho Ha Long Restaurant
6424 Northwest Loop 410 #104, (210) 521-4507,
This casual strip-mall eatery gives you exactly what you’re looking for. With nearly 25 pho options (even a kid version!), the long list of noodle options lets everyone in your party find the pho for them.
Photo via Instagram / whiskandrye
Bok Choy
5130 Broadway, (210) 437-2200,
Stop by for some warm noodley goodness and choose between the Good Pho You Bowl and the River City Ramen. Both have tofu, bean sprouts and shiitake mushrooms in common, though the ramen can be made vegan.
Photo via Instagram / inishesh
Pho Thien An
126 W Rector #108, (210) 348-8526
You know you can expect a solid bowl of pho when the first note under the menu is the spiciness scale. With meaty and veggie options alike to accompany the beef noodle broth, you’ll always want to opt for the large bowl.
Photo via Instagram / natasha_saree
Viet-Nam Restaurant
3244 Broadway, (210) 822-7461
A longtime go-to for Asian fare, this Broadway spot gives you two meaty options and another if you’re feeling like going the seafood route. Each topped with basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeños and lime, these bowls are super affordable at all under $10.
Photo via Instagram / christiangtorres
Wild Goji
7115 Blanco Road #110, (210) 277-0638,
Choose between a miso or tonkotsu broth, mild or spicy, pork or vegetable. For a warm broth that will hit the spot on cold days, stop by for a bowl and start with the fuji wontons.
Photo via Instagram / benitofranco
2535 Northwest Loop 410,
Though specializing in sushi, Kai has super respectable ramen offerings and a variety at that. From shachu to tonkatsu to seafood, there’s a ramen for everyone here.
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Pho Kim Long
4230 McCullough Avenue #2, (210) 829-8021
Served with basil, bean sprouts, lime and jalapeños, you’ll have to make the hard decision between 14 different types of pho. With vegetarian options and a variety of meaty options, you’ll find whatever type of pho you’re craving here.
Photo via Yelp / Heather R.
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Pacific Moon
15140 San Pedro Avenue, (210) 402-3411,
This late-night eatery will hit the spot when you’re on the hunt for booze-filled nights. Flavorful and with a kick of spiciness, Pacific Moon is here for when your antojo strikes.
Photo via Instagram / spqr194
Vietnam Gardens
5433 Blanco Road, (210) 377-1989,
Serving up a variety of Asian cuisines (Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese, this BYOB spot keeps it simple with just one pho option. There’s still a variety of protein options, but know that you can make up for it with a Thai tea or some dumplings.
Photo via Instagram / maritoperez
Ginza Ramen and Poke
15069 I-35 #217, Selma, (210) 646-8888
Though ramen and poke can be found at numerous menus across the 2-1-0, Ginza is the place to go if you’re heading up I-35 and out of the city. Though each bowl comes with a handful of standard ingredients, make it to your liking with your protein and broth of choice and have fun with add-ons like shrimp tempura or an extra egg.
Photo via Instagram / vanderhuge
Manola's Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine
7212 Blanco Road, (210) 348-9071,
No matter what direction you come from on Blanco Road, Manola’s offers the more traditional pho ga as well as the pho that adds your choice of meatball, round eye steak, or brisket. And because this is a Thai place, be sure to save room for the pineapple fried rice.
Photo via Instagram / foodonmymind247
Gogi Street
12820 Jones Maltsberger Road #104, (210) 455-5574,
This Korean fusion spot offers two ramen options: spicy or not. Both with BBQ chicken, onion, slaw and broccoli, the spicy version includes jalapeño, spicy sauce and chili oil.
Photo via Yelp / Javier D.
Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway, (210) 805-8111,
Pork-lovers will want to stop by for the pork-based broth and spice it up with sriracha. Though the bowl is plenty filling, be sure to order some apps like the crispy gyoza or the simple vegetable tempura.
Photo via Instagram / archivist_ang

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