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14 Of The Best AAPI-Owned Restaurants In Philadelphia

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

14 Of The Best AAPI-Owned Restaurants In Philadelphia

From dim sum to pho and poke, these incredible restaurants have got you covered!

It has become increasingly clear we must all do more to condemn violence, uplift Asian voices, and fiscally support marginalized communities in our own backyard. One of the easiest ways to do this is by supporting our local AAPI-owned businesses and order food from one of Philly’s many incredible Asian restaurants.

The city’s reputation for incredible food is mostly due to its fantastic Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese restaurants. We asked our followers on Instagram to share their favorite spots around town with us and we’ve rounded them up below along with some of our own.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re looking for more alternatives, you can check out the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s list of AAPI-owned restaurants to support in the area.

First, here are your favorite places, according to our IG poll!

1. Terakawa, multiple locations

Terakawa Ramen focuses on Kyushu-style ramen, one of the most prestigious variations of “Tonkotsu Ramen.” On Terakawa’s menu, you’ll find recipes inspired by the Kumamoto region of Japan with al dente Kyushu-style noodles, creamy pork broth, and a variety of spices that are a Kumamoto specialty.

Find it at 204 North 9th street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 and 125 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

2. Poke-Man, University City

If you’re in the University City area make sure to check out Poke-Man for a tasty and flavorful poke bowl!

Find it at 3737 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

3. Banh Mi & Bottles, Bella Vista

This hybrid craft beer bottleshop and crafty cocktails bar offers a tasty modern twist on Vietnamese food. On their menu you’ll find plenty of options all the way from authentic Saigon Beef Pho to their Braised Pho Brisket Dip, an unconventional Vietnamese Sandwich that using braised brisket in Pho spices and serving as a French Dip.

Find it at  712-14 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

4. Sarvida, Fishtown

With its decadent ube French toast, Kamayan platters, and plenty of lumpiang to go around, Sarvida is the perfect spot to grab an uber tasty Filippino brunch (and lunch. And dinner.)!

Find it at 300 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125. 

5. Perla, Passyunk Square

Another great spot if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious Filipino cuisine in Philly. Housed in a totally cute, refurbished row house in East Passyunk, Perla is a little BYOB spot offering creative and contemporary Filipino dishes.

Find it at 1535 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

6. Nom Nom Ramen, Center City

Another great spot for Ramen, Nom Nom specializes on Hakata Style Tonkotsu Ramen, featuring frothy pork broth made with selected pork bones boiled for more than 24 hours, springy Hakata noodles, fresh scallions, marinated bamboo shoots, crunchy kikurage mushrooms and mouth-watering chashu pork belly.

Find it at 20 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

7. Ho Sai Gai, Chinatown

This old-school Chinese eatery combines the best of the Cantonese, Mandarin & Sichuan cuisine and cocktails for an absolutely delicious and flavorful meal!

Find it at  1000 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

8. Bon Chon, multiple locations

This world-renown Korean spot offers delicious and crispy chicken brushed with their signature Korean flavor sauce that makes for a one-of-a-kind, delicious fried chicken meal!

Find it at 1020 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, or 3836 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

9. Pho 75, Bella Vista

Looking to enjoy an authentic bowl of Pho? Then look no further than Pho 75. This Bella Vista spot offers a wide variety of Vietnamese pho soups from veggie-based ones to brisket and eye-round steak cut ones.

Find it  1122 Washington Ave F, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

10. Dim Sum Garden, Chinatown

Head chef Shizhou Da is the 5th generation of the original chef who created the very first Xiao Long Bao (Chinese steamed soup dumplings) in China and has over 30 years of experience in making fresh, traditional homemade Shanghai style dim sum. So if you’re looking for some authentic and absolutely mouth-watering dim sum don’t forget to check this awesome place out!

Find it at  1020 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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11. Baology, Logan Square

Chef and co-owner Judy Ni runs this casual Taiwanese eatery along with her husband chef Andy Tessier. At Baology, you’ll find scrumptious options like potstickers, pork belly buns, wraps and bento boxes inspired by Ni’s family recipes and traditions.

Find it at 1829 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

12. Kalaya, Bella Vista

If you’re looking for some award-winning Thai food then you best check out Chef Nok Suntaranon’s Kalaya. Named best new restaurant of 2020 by EsquireSuntanaron’s restaurant, which bears the name of the chef’s mother, offers a wide variety of dishes all the way from Tom Yum soup with a Kalaya twist to the adorable Shaw Muang, blue flower-shaped dumplings with ground chicken filling, cucumber, red chili, and cilantro.

Find it at  764 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

13. Hardena, Newbold

A great option if you’re looking to enjoy some Indonesian food, Harena has been nationally recognized for its delicious beef rendang and collard greens.

Find it at 1754 S Hicks St #2217, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

14. Chubby Cattle, Center City

If it’s hot pot you seek then you best check out Chubby Cattle in Center City. This high-tech hot pot spot lets you choose your ingredients from a refrigerated conveyor belt, and grab your meal from a magnetic train system to enjoy some A5 Wagyu Beef, handmade noodles, and fresh veggies!

Find it at  146 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

See also: 5 Ways To Support The #StopAsianHate Movement In Philadelphia

[Featured image: Instagram / @dimsumgarden]