California is known for their ethnic eats-I mean, they even have little towns such as Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Little Armenia and more-so it's no surprise that there are so many great ethnic eateries all around the city with its diverse population. Here's a guide to some of my favorite places over the past few years!
Tasty, authentic Mexican food at incredibly low prices. Try their signature carne asada burritos, freshly made sopes & a cup of horchata!
Ever had mochi + gelato (AKA mochilato)? If you haven't, stop by Mikawaya and try it out today! My favorite flavors are strawberry, green tea and chocolate hazelnut. And be sure to buy their homemade mochi too!
An assortment of freshly baked breads and sweets, Yamazaki is one of my favorite stops for cream puffs, curry puffs and more!
Want to sample Japanese street foods? Come to Mitsuru Cafe for their freshly made takoyaki and red bean wheel pies!
With a variety of ramen flavors, curries, rice bowls & appetizers, the mapo ramen and gyoza are tasty, filling & leave you wanting more!
Sushi served via a conveyor belt? Yes, you heard right! LA has plenty of revolving sushi restaurants & they're so much fun. Just pick and choose what you think looks good-it's that simple!
Love cooking your own foods? Then Shabu Shabu is the place for you. Identical to hot pot, you choose which meats and veggies go into your broth & the dipping sauces. Be prepared to wait on the weekends!
In addition to serving a variety of Japanese fare, Las Galas also serves American cuisine such as sandwiches and burgers for those whom may not be craving ethnic cuisine. Their salmon bento box is wonderful!
For delicious Japanese fare that'll leave your tummy and your wallet happy, try Sushi & Teri's bento specials! Lots of food, little money and tasty!
If you love dim sum & Chinese BBQ, then Lucky Deli is the place to go! Incredibly cheap and affordable, my favorites here are the BBQ pork buns and roasted duck.
Bacon-wrapped hotdogs....need I say more? Served with fresh grilled onions, jalapenos, pico de gallo & sliced avocados!
El Pollo Inka is the GO TO place for authentic Peruvian food. What you MUST order? The lomo saltado and rotisserie chicken-simply irresistible!
Named as one of the BEST ramen spots in the US, expect to wait 2+ hours at times (totally worth it!). The famous tonkotsu ramen is mouthwatering, as is the shredded rice pork bowl. You really can't go wrong with the ramen+rice combo here-best deal in the city!
Always such a large variety of dim sum items, the best are the pork and shrimp dumplings, egg tarts and radish cakes!
Simbala serves the Rowland Heights area some amazing authentic Taiwanese fare-the must have items here are the fried chicken plate, special shaved ice & of course, their most popular item: Chinese sausages!
If there is ONE thing you must eat when you're in LA, it's Yatai's famous spicy tuna crispy rice burger! We're talking spicy ahi tuna in between two fried rice patties with sliced avocados & Japanese mayo-quite possibly the BEST thing I've ever eaten!
Donuts+coffee=heaven! What could possibly be wrong with combining those two together! With more donuts and baked goods than you can imagine, the must try items here are the bacon and fruity pebble donut holes, green tea roti & cappuccino!
Come during lunch and take advantage of Wakasaya's lunch specials-one of the best deals you'll find at Little Tokyo! I love the kitsune udon & seared fatty salmon rice bowl combo!
A tiny little shop on Sunset Blvd serving up some major Bangkok flavors-the popular boat noodle soup, chicken pad thai or crispy pork with chinese broccoli are a MUST here!
I can NEVER get enough of Korean BBQ. With that said, Castle is the most affordable & best KBBQ restaurant in LA! For only $9.99 (7 meats), $12.99 (14 meats) & $15.99 (20 meats), it stomps the competition! Go & give Castle a try!
With Hawai'i right by California, it's no surprise Hawaiian cuisine is popular amongst Angelenos. Where to go for the best of the best? L&L! The spam musubi, sesame wings & BBQ chicken are some of the best in the city!
'Lette specials in one thing and one thing only: MACARONS. You better bet they're perfection if there is such a thing! The best flavors are the wedding dress, early grey tea, pineapple & bananas foster!
Hakata Ramen is yet another widely popular ramen spot in Little Tokyo-whether you go for lunch or dinner, there's always a wait! The yaki ramen is one of my favorites & I'd highly recommend it!