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Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Asia

Destination(s): Bangkok

Looking to experience authentic Asian cuisine at affordable rates? Our top 10 cheap restaurants in Asia guide has the information you need to find hearty portions at rates that won't exceed your budget. Tsukemen-ya Jou offers up some of the best dipping soup Tokyo has to offer. Other winning dishes include authentic Asian fare with lots of noodles - but don't order more than you can eat - it's considered the height of bad taste. Din Tai Fung specializes in quick service and hearty portions. Our favorites include the steamed pork buns and shrimp siu mai. Suda is a corner restaurant in Bangkok popular with locals and tourists alike for their extensive Thai menu. The quality here is very good and the prices are more than reasonable making this one of the better dining bargains around. You can also wet your whistle while you're here with some Thai beer and whiskey. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Asia

Fukumori

Fukumori

  • 4-9-18 Nozawa, Setagaya-ku
  • tel:03-3410-0081
  • Visit website
  • Tokyo

The prestigious Ramen Database ramen ranking website (/) has great things to say about Ramen Fukumori (中華そば ふくもり): 30th in Tokyo for tsukemen (ramen noodles and soup served separately) and 26th for its shoyu (soy sauce) based soup. It's one of the definite jewels of the Kan-nana Dori ramen drag, and is not to be missed by anybody wishing to try Tokyo-style noodles.
The interior is pleasant and downright spacious by ramen joint standards, with a tatami room to boot. The staff is friendly and helpful, although you should order from the ticket vending machines at the entrance. Unfortunately, there are no pictures, so you'll have either have to brush up on your kanji reading abilities or ask the staff for help. It could be as easy as asking for tsukemen or shoyu ("tsukebuto" or "chukasoba," on the menu).
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Tsukemen-ya Jou

Tsukemen-ya Jou

  • 2-34-2 Nozawa, Setagaya-ku
  • tel:03-5712-3557
  • Tokyo

The "jou" in Tsukemen-ya Jou (つけ麺や 穣) means 10 to the 28th power. As surprising as it may be that there is actually a Japanese character for this number, even more surprising is the amount of noodles they serve up on plates alongside bowls of savory dipping soup. Actually, there are three sizes to choose from, and the small is something anybody can handle. Order the large size (大盛り) from the ticket vending machine, however, and you're looking at around 600 grams of delicious, thick and curly noodles. All sizes are the same price, but beware: it's simply bad etiquette to order more than you can handle.

The dipping soups are some of the best that Tokyo's tsukemen (ramen with noodles and soup served separately) scene has to offer. They proudly advertise their tuna-based seafood soup on the storefront, but just as delicious - and oh-so-refreshing on a hot summer day - is their special yuzu (ゆず; lemon-like citrus fruit) soup.
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Bumbu Bali

Bumbu Bali

Cafe Wayan

Cafe Wayan

  • Monkey Forest Road
  • tel:+62 361 97 5447
  • Bali, 80571
Soi 38 Night Market (Thonglor)

Soi 38 Night Market (Thonglor)

When the sun goes down, the food carts come out. This night market near Thonglor offers a number of local favorites from pad Thai, noodle soup, krapow moo sap, and grilled meats, to smoothies and mango and sticky rice. Prices are local (cheap) and depending on what your there to eat, you might have to wait in line. There are places to sit on plastic stools and metal tables. The mango and sticky rice is notable as is anything done up in the flaming wok cart near the entry to the soi. That particular cook typically shows up last of all the vendors, often just after 8 pm. His assistants set up everything and wait from about 7 pm on. Put your order in before he gets there; the list gets long fast. There are no restrooms. However, you can ask kindly at one of the several open storefront restaurants. You ought to buy a little something in that case -- a drink, appetizer, or the like. These places are also good for eating and the wait is generally a little shorter and more seats are available. Take the Skytrain to Thonglor Station and the entrance to Soi 38 is right under the station on the south side of Sukhumvit (opposite the well known Thonglor Street).

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Suda

Suda

  • 6-6/1 Soi 14, Sukhumvit Road
  • tel:+66 2 229 4518
  • Bangkok, 10110

This corner restaurant is a good economical choice, popular with a mix of foreigners and locals. The expansive, but strictly Thai menu shows English names and photos and so makes Suda a good place to explore the cuisine a bit. The quality of the recipes isn't earthshattering but it isn't bad either and the restaurant has a loyal fan base. Bright orange plastic chairs spill out onto the walk and tables fill up quickly at night. Beer is served as is whiskey, but only the Thai version. The assorted bottles stored around the joint are actually left there by customers who come back regularly to keep working on them. Suda's convenient location just off Sukhumvit Road under the Asoke SkyTrain station doesn't hurt either. read more about Suda

Honeymoon dessert

Honeymoon dessert

  • 10C Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
  • Sai Kung
  • tel:852 2571 4246
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  • Hong Kong
Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

  • 3/F 130 Silvercord, 30 Canton Road
  • tel:852 2730 6928
  • Hong Kong

With hearty service and systematic quick orders, Din Tai Fung here is the first in Hong Kong and the first expansion outside of Taiwan. At its peak this restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui sold over 3,000 steamed pork buns, Shrimp Siu Mai is another popular dimsum with a near crunchy texture and delicate appearance inside bamboo steamers. Be sure to order Braised beef noodles served in beef broth. If the lines are too long then Hard Rock cafe is just next door. read more about Din Tai Fung

Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen

Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen

  • 1, Ashoka Road
  • tel:011 23382031
  • New Delhi, 110001

Tucked away in an insignificant by-lane off Ashoka Road, the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen is one of the best places in town to experience mouth-watering Andhra cuisine. There are no alluring boards, instead, a no-nonsense, "Way to Canteen" sign that shows you the way. The dcor is strictly functional. The seating, canteen-style, eight to a table. The food, heavenly. For Rs. 80, you get two dry vegetables, two-three types of lentil soups -dal, sambhar, rasam, pickle, rice, roties/puries (bread), pickles, yogurt and a sweet dish. The helpings are unlimited. You are expected to eat as much as you can. And speedily make way for the next batch. read more about Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen

Veda

Veda

  • H 27, Outer Circle
  • Connaught Place
  • tel:+91 11 5151 3940
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  • New Delhi, 110001