To List the Impossible List: Orlando's 10Best Asian

We don’t mean to be dramatic, but it really is that difficult. Orlando’s Asian offerings are many. Like, seriously – many. You could start perhaps, with Vietnamese – as one of the things that makes the City Beautiful beautiful is its large Vietnamese population…which makes choosing a favorite Vietnamese joint a process in itself (note to editors: a 10Best Vietnamese list could be in order!) One such goodies on this list: Saigon Noodle, is well known and loved, but certainly not the only game in town for pho and beyond. This list is Asian, though, which covers a vast swath of culinary goodness. Case in point: Tamarind’s Indian goodness, Thai Purple Orchid’s well priced and authentic Thai goodness o or Mamak Asian Street Food’s mouthwatering menu of goodness, which starts with Malaysian, but runs its delicious tendrils into the likes of India, Korea and more. And speaking of Korean, the BBB Tofu House overflows with so many scrumptious and authentic soups and dishes (the soondubu is a house specialty) you're definitely going to want to make numerous return trips.



Not all of Winter Park's great restaurants are ensconced in tony digs. Many are hiding in plain sight. That's the case with Tamarind, where great South and North Indian cuisine surmounted the obstacles of strip-mall obscurity to become a local...  Read More

Mills 50


For authentic Chinese dine-in or delivery, you won't go wrong with Tasty Wok. A long standing favorite in Colonialtown North (the Mills 50 neighborhood is a hotbed of so many Vietnamese gems that other Asian delights are often under-reported)...  Read More



Lots of restaurants say they've got a family vibe but the mother-daughter proprietresses at Thai Purple Orchid Cafe, a modest little gem in an aging Colonial Drive strip center, serve it up with just the right amount of eastern spice. Sonia (a...  Read More



To be fair, Hawkers, as the name would indicate, is not merely Chinese, however enough of its small-plate delicacies are that we feel okay about throwing it into the mix. The restaurant's concept is simple: assemble an array of edibles one might...  Read More

West Orlando


The smells alone emanating from this Korean haven inside the 1st Oriental Supermarket are the stuff your sinuses' dreams are made of. To lean one's face into the steam above a bowl of the silkyspicywonderful soondubu? The culinary sauna you...  Read More

Mills 50


Bao. Fun to say. Fun to eat. And at King Bao, a Mills 50 purveyor of this trendy, if ancient, Asian steamed bun delicacy, cheap. King Bao's fluffy, doughy handhelds are beyond reasonable – $7 for a two-bao combo, $9 for three – and stuff loads...  Read More



This restaurant, among several other Orlando eateries, gained nationwide notoriety when Guy Fieri paid a visit for his show, "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," but folks in Orlando (occasionally referred to as Pholando for all the wonderful...  Read More

Audubon Park


There's a word we want to use about Domu's phenomenal curry ramen (the other varieties are palate stunners, as well) but we're not sure how to spell that noise Homer Simpson makes when he is particularly food-enthralled. Ramen, the bowls are...  Read More



It's air-conditioned confines may be miles away from the sultry Southeast Asian climes in which one would enjoy the layered flavors of the Malaysian food stalls for which it is named, but Mamak Asian Street Food's plates, small and large, are an...  Read More



Sophisticated, spicy and authentic are words you'll often hear associated with Chuan Lu Yuan, a Mills 50-outpost so popular it can keep its doors open 'til 2 a.m! We'd add colorful, flavorful, aromatic and delicious, though it's likely all been...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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