Milwaukee's 4 favorite spots to find cheap Southeast Asian food

In search of a new favorite Southeast Asian spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southeast Asian restaurants around Milwaukee, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. Xankia

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Topping the list is Xankia. Located at 222 W. Wells St. in Kilbourn Town, the Vietnamese spot, which offers bubble tea and sandwiches, is the highest rated budget-friendly Southeast Asian restaurant in Milwaukee, boasting four stars out of 132 reviews on Yelp.

Expect appetizers like egg rolls and spring rolls, phở, bánh mì sandwiches and entrees like Grilled Pork Noodle with special house sauce, lettuce, daikon, carrots and jalapeños.

2. Vientiane Noodle Shop

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Silver City's Vientiane Noodle Shop, located at 3422 W. National Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive Thai and Laotian spot, which offers noodles and more, four stars out of 80 reviews.

Start off with Laotian-style fried beef jerky, fried chicken wings or fried quail as an appetizer before honing in on bigger portions like pan friend noodles, noodle soups or a plethora of fried rice meals. (Take a look at the full menu here.)

3. Thai Bangkok

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Thai Bangkok, a Thai spot in North Meadows, is another affordable go-to, with four stars out of 75 Yelp reviews. Head over to 9112 W. Brown Deer Road to see for yourself. 

This new joint has a wide variety of menu options including different proteins and bases. Notable menu options include Kow Pad Curry with onions, egg and yellow curry powder; Gang Gai with bamboo shoots and mushroom in a red Thai sauce; and Pad Prik with fried scallion and bell peppers in brown sauce. All entrees come with choice of protein, and appetizers, soups and salads round out the menu. 

4. Asian Papayoyo

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Over in Avenues West, check out Asian Papayoyo, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Asian fusion and Malaysian spot by heading over to 2040 W. Wisconsin Ave. 

Grab some cheese sticks, dumplings or edamame as a precursor for the meal to come. Entrees include Mendy Lamb with rice, teriyaki fried chicken and curry fried chicken steak. (Here's the full menu.)


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