Los Angeles' 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Southeast Asian food

Los Angeles' 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Southeast Asian food
Sanamluang Cafe | Photo: Winnie N./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 22, 2020.

Craving Southeast Asian food?

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

1. Sanamluang Cafe

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Topping the list is Sanamluang Cafe. Located at 5176 Hollywood Blvd. in East Hollywood, the Thai spot is the most popular affordable Southeast Asian restaurant in Los Angeles, boasting four stars out of 1,517 reviews on Yelp. The restaurant serves fried spare ribs, spicy beef noodles and roasted duck curry.

2. My Dung Sandwich Shop

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Next up is Chinatown's My Dung Sandwich Shop, situated at 314 Ord St. With 4.5 stars out of 117 reviews on Yelp, the Vietnamese spot, which offers sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option. The shop serves a variety of banh mi sandwiches such as grilled pork or chicken.

Yelper Crystal S., who reviewed My Dung Sandwich Shop on May 20, wrote, "...The bread is perfect. A little crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. Once it's stuffed with meat and vegetables, you will be amazed you got something so good for about $4."

Helen L. noted, "This is probably the most underrated place in Chinatown, The sandwiches here are so delicious and authentic with unbeatable prices. They even have options without meat."

3. Sunshine Restaurant

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Hollywood's Sunshine Restaurant, located at 861 N. Western Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Thai spot 4.5 stars out of 150 reviews. The menu features shrimp chop suey, vegetable and tofu green curry and pineapple fried rice.

Yelper Kristina E. wrote, "...The hurricane soup is a must on a cloudy day. It is packed with flavor and contains lots of seafood."

Julie J. noted, "Authentic Thai food restaurant... My favourite dishes are their pod sew eu, papaya salad and tom kha."

4. Pho 21

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Pho 21, a Vietnamese spot in Canoga Park, is another much-loved, low-priced go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 784 Yelp reviews. Head over to 21525 Sherman Way to see for yourself. On the menu, look for Vietnamese dishes such as stir-fried eel with curry or deep-fried squid.

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