The Best Asian Food in Baltimore: 9 Must Try Restaurants

Baltimore’s food scene is severely underrated, which is why we’re gonna share a slew of Charm City guides over the next few weeks.  Looking for seafood?  We gotchu.  Looking for dessert joints?  We gotchu.  Looking for fine dining options?  We gotchu.  See a pattern, friends?  We gotchu, periodt.

For today’s post, we’ll be discussing the best asian food in Baltimore so definitely make sure to bookmark and share because you’re in for a treat! We’re about to spotlight some seriously awesome places so we hope you’re ready to get your nom on.  So without further ado, let’s kick things off with Mayuree.

1.  Mayuree Thai Tavern

For those of you looking for amazing Thai food in Baltimore, Mayuree’s an absolute must.  This small family-owned establishment is located on 2318 Fleet Street, and they offer traditional Thai cuisine with a modern twist.

mayuree dumplings

Kick your meal off with a bang by treating yourself to homemade steamed dumplings and tom yum soup.  Then, enjoy any of the following entrees for a foolproof meal that will leave you happy and full: their drunken noodles, their green curry tofu, and their prik king crispy pork.  Just remember to save room for dessert because you don’t want to go without their fresh mango with two tone sticky rice.

drunken noodles

2.  Jong Kak

KBBQ smacks, always and forever.  If you haven’t indulged yet, what are you waiting for?  Located at 18 W 20th Street, this local hole-in-the-wall specializes in “soot-bool” Korean bbq.  The term directly translates to mesquite fire, and it’s a healthier AND tastier way to cook your meat.

Talk to any Charm City local, and they’ll have a story or two about how they ended up at Jong Kak after a fun night out.  It’s a favorite for college students and Koreans alike.  We recommend their marinated kalbi, their pork belly, and their spicy pork!  Pro tip:  consider getting a combo if you’re looking to feed a intimate group of people.

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3.  Ekiben

We couldn’t have a best asian food in Baltimore roundup without listing Ekiben.  With two locations in Charm City, they’re famous for their steamed buns and rice bowls.  The Neighborhood Bird’s a local treasure.  Made with Taiwanese curry fried chicken thigh and topped with spicy sambal mayo, pickles and fresh herbs, this handheld makes every local’s top 5 best eats list.

ekiben bun

The Tofu Brah and Spicy Pork are delicious as well.  The former comes with crispy tofu, spicy peanut sauce, seasonal slaw, fresh herbs and roasted aromatics, while the latter contains berbere braised pork, mango papaya slaw, tomato salsa and queso fresco.

ekiben rice bowls

Enjoy either in bun or rice form for a killer lunch or dinner.  PS.  portions are huge so go hungry, and remember to get an order of their tempura broccoli as well!

4.  Pho Bac

Easily one of the best, if not THE best, pho in Baltimore.  There’s just something so magical about the broth.   You can tell that it’s simmered for hours, and the noodles are chewy and the meat as tender as can be.  Head to this fabulous family owned business in Canton to get your fix!  In addition to their pipin’ hot bowls, other popular dishes include their spring rolls, Trang’s fried rice, and their lemongrass tofu.

5.  Kong Pocha

Craving Korean street food in Baltimore?  Now you know where to go.  We personally love their fried chicken and curry omu-rice, but they’re also known for their KBBQ and tteokbokki.  If you think Bonchon’s good, you’re in for a serious treat because their chicken is all that and then some.

We recommend getting their boneless platter with fries – they give you a huge portion, and the meat’s so beautifully done.  Expect crispy, crunchy goodness that’s savory, spicy and sweet all at the same time.   Whether you enjoy it in house or get it to go, their food’s guaranteed to give you all the feels so definitely make sure you indulge.

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6.  Thai Street

Run by chef/owner Kesorn Imsin, this Thai restaurant’s yet another Baltimorean gem you need to try.  With recipes that have been tweaked to perfection over many generations, expect flavorful food that will hit the spot each and every time.

pad thai

Located inside Broadway Market, some of our go-tos are their pad thai, their khao soi, their lump crab fried rice and their curry puffs.  Ermergerd, their curry puffs are like crispy, flaky pockets of heaven.  Stuffed with potato, onion, carrot, and yellow curry, these magical morsels are served with a scrumptious r-jard sauce that’s beyond addicting.

curry puffs

7.  Nihao

Located in Canton, this new Charm City establishment is chef Peter Chang’s latest venture.  With the incredible Pichet Ong at the helm, they’re offering contemporary Chinese cuisine with everything from whole peking duck to crispy bamboo fish.

nihao baltimore

Some of our favorite dishes include their cumin lamb, their wonton soup, and their eggplant, but we still have a long list of dishes to try!  There’s a reason why this place is on Esquire’s Best Restaurants for 2020 list so make sure you go ASAP, and let us know what some of your favorites are.

8.  Ramen Utsuke

What can we say?  We’re hopeless ramen-tics who can’t get enough.  If you’re looking for solid ramen in Baltimore, head to Light Street stat for Kyushu-style tonkotsu ramen and Sapporo-style miso ramen.

Our recommendations include their Tonkotsu Black and Red (Hakata style pork broth ramen seasoned with spicy paste and finished with a drizzle of black garlic oil and spicy oil) and their Oriole Park Ramen (silky style chicken broth ramen finished with a drizzle of black garlic oil and spicy oil).

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Their broth’s deep and flavorful without being overly salty, and not gonna lie, we often dream about their black garlic.  It adds a beautiful layer of depth that’ll hook you at first bite.  Expect generous portions with plentiful toppings, with the option of getting more as an add on.

They also have several vegetarian options available as well so there’s something for everyone.  We hear their takoyaki’s great as well, but we usually only get ramen from them so you guys will have to let us know what the deal is.

9.  Kumari

This restaurant will forever have a place in our hearts.  As alumni of Peabody Conservatory, we spent a lot of time here eating our weight in naan.  This jewel serves amazing Nepalese/Indian cuisine, and we have fond memories of pigging out at their lunch/weekend buffets.  Not sure how that will all change post COVID, but a la carte dining’s obviously available as well.

Their chicken momos are delicious, and we’re suckers for their butter chicken, their malai kofta, their lamb curry, and their vegetarian samosas.  All their curries are extremely flavorful, and they give you a healthy portion for each dish!  Order directly off their site to get 10-15% off – they run promos on there from time to time so definitely make sure to keep an eye out.

Alright friends, we hope you enjoyed our latest guide to the best asian restaurants in Baltimore.  Let us know what you thought of our picks by leaving a comment below – did we miss yours?  Where should we order from next?  For more on Charm City eats, click here and stay tuned for fresh new content coming your way.


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