San Jose's 4 best spots to score cheap Southeast Asian eats

Tofoo Com Chay | Photo: John D./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 17, 2020.

Craving Southeast Asian food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southeast Asian restaurants around San Jose, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. King Eggroll

Photo: Jackson S./Yelp

Topping the list is King Eggroll. Located at 980 Lundy Ave. in North Valley, the Vietnamese spot, which offers dim sum and more, is the highest-rated cheap Southeast Asian restaurant in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 722 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Allister D., who reviewed King Eggroll on Dec. 15, wrote, "I've been coming here for years now and there's not a single complaint. Prices are still cheap, service is fast and efficient; the food items are hot and freshly made."

Yelper Joy L. wrote, "Great food. Love it. Their food isn't stale like other buffet places."

2. Tofoo Com Chay

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Next up is downtown's Tofoo Com Chay, situated at 388 E. Santa Clara St. With 4.5 stars out of 1,036 reviews on Yelp, the vegetarian, vegan and Vietnamese spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.

Bree C. noted, "This place is always good. Love their pho and the soup has so much flavor. The people who work there are super friendly and attentive. Not much seating space, but that's never stopped us."

Yelper Ronnie C. wrote, "My boyfriend and I have been coming a lot due to the convenience and the affordable price. The owner is always so nice. Every time we walk in, he would greet us with much enthusiasm."

3. Pho Y #1

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Evergreen Central's Pho Y #1, located at 1660 E. Capitol Expressway, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced Vietnamese spot, which offers noodles and more, four stars out of 1,297 reviews.

Yelper Andrew S., who reviewed Pho Y #1 on Jan. 6, wrote, "I really liked the soup and steak here. The meat was very tender and tasty."

Yelper Kathleen L. added,  "When we first walked in, you smell the delicious aroma of pho. We were greeted and seated right away. Service was efficient and effective."

4. Pho Ga Hung

Photo: John D./Yelp

Pho Ga Hung, a Vietnamese spot in East San Jose, is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 84 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1818 Tully Road, Suite 120 to see for yourself. 

Yelper Kacie N., who reviewed Pho Ga Hung on Nov. 4, wrote, "I love eating here. This place is very consistent. I used to go here all the time with my parents when I was a kid. Now I'm in my 30s and still love coming here."

Michael A. noted, "First came here 30 years ago, blown away with how good the pho was with the broth simmering endlessly."

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