As well as being a hugely popular tourist destination, South East Asia offers some of the most popular food in the world. If you’re a local or just visiting, Portland is home to some awesome South East Asian restaurants that offer up some of the region’s most delicious dishes. Here are some of the best restaurants that offer Indonesian, Burmese, Singaporean, Cambodia and even Laos cuisine in Portland, Oregon (in no particular order)…
1. Wajan – a restaurant specializing in Indonesian food in a charming environment
Located on Burnside Street, Wajan is a restaurant that specializes in Indonesian food. It offers a great environment coupled with unique art that makes you feel like you’re in Indonesia.
With specials that include dishes like Tahu Goreng Nanas and Soto Betawi Soup, the restaurant also offers the Kue Lumpur Surga Ubi, a sweet potato pudding that you will remember for the rest of your life. You can also get unique cocktails at Wajan, including Ungu, Hijau, Coklat, and Kuning. There are several other snacks and plates available as well.
The restaurant stays open from 12 pm to 8:30 pm and is a great place for someone looking to enjoy lunch from southeast Asia.
Address: 4611 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215, United States
2. Top Burmese – a boho restaurant serving traditional Burmese dishes and vegan options (with robot servers)
A Burmese restaurant situated in northwest Portland on 21st Avenue, Top Burmese is the perfect place to enjoy samosas and other great dishes.
Their Coconut Rice with tofu, also known as Ohn Tamin’, and Gin Thoke’, or Ginger Salad, are some great vegan offerings. The recently added Nan Gyi Thoke, Pan Toasted Parathas, and Oh No Khao Soi are also worth a try because of their amazing taste.
Top Burmese stays open from 11 in the morning to 9 pm and offers some of the most unique Asian dishes that you might not find anywhere else in Portland.
Address: 413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, United States
3. Cully Central – one of the few restaurants in Portland offering Laotian food
A restaurant offering a variety of cuisines, Cully Central can be found in northeast Portland on Cully Boulevard. It is one of the few restaurants in Portland that provides Laotian food.
The entree menu, which offers Khao Piak Sen handmade rice noodles, Larb Gai, Thum Mak Hoong, and Nam Khao, along with several other dishes, is definitely worth a try. The vegan options offered by the restaurant include Mushroom Larb. The desserts offered by Cully Central, which include Fried Banana and Sweet Coconut Mango Sticky Rice Dessert are delicious.
The Laos cuisine restaurant stays open from 4 to 9 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 9pm on the weekend.
Address: 4579 NE Cully Blvd, Portland, OR 97218, United States
4. Hat Yai – great dishes from Southern Thailand including awesome vegan curry
Hat Yai, a Thai restaurant located in northeast Portland on Killingsworth Street, offers the best Turmeric Curry Mussel in town.
Chicken and Beef Skewers, along with a number of Curry & Roti Sets, which include Braised Beef Cheek, Braised Chicken Thigh, and Hat Yai Combo, are some of the many dishes available at the restaurant. Their Vegan Curry also tastes amazing and is worth a try for anyone looking for vegan food.
Open from 11:30 am to 9 pm, Hat Yai offers dine-in, takeaway, and delivery.
Address: 1605 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211, United States
5. Mekong Bistro – excellent Cambodian food, famous for many dishes including noodle soups and Baw-Baw
A Cambodian restaurant, the Mekong Bistro, is based on Siskiyou Street in northeast Portland.
The restaurant is famous for its noodle soups. Known as Kui Tievv, the noodle soup menu includes Kui Tievv Phnom Peng, Kui Teivv Beef, Seafood Noodle Soup, Thai Boat Noodle Soup, Kao Soi, and Kao Soi Special. Mekong Bistro offers a special type of porridge, known as Baw-Baw, which is made up of rice and shredded chicken; it is a special dish that can’t be found in other restaurants.
The restaurant offers dine-in, takeaway, and online delivery. It stays open from 4 pm to 12 am.
Address: 8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97220, United States
6. Sibeiho – a Singaporean restaurant offering delicious dishes and a food store, which is a great place to find a variety of cookbooks
The perfect place for great Singaporean cuisine, Sibeiho, is located on 23rd Avenue. Along with being a restaurant, Sibeiho is also a food store where you can find a variety of cookbooks and Sambals from Singapore.
If you want authentic and delicious snacks and meals straight out of Singapore, this is the place for you. It offers both dine-in and curbside pickup and is open four days a week from Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.
Address: 740 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, United States
7. Mirisata – 100% vegan restaurant specializing in mouth-watering Sri-Lankan food
Mirisata is a South Asian restaurant that specializes in providing the best Sri-Lankan food. It can be found in southeast Portland on Belmont Street.
Their short eats menu includes Impossible Beef Rolls, Parippu Vade, Polos Cutlets, and Fish Patties. You can also get different types of roti at the restaurant. The entree menu offers Kottu Roti, String Kottu, and String Hopper Meal, among other mouth-watering offerings. If you want something sweet, you can try their Watalappan; a custard made from cashews, coconut milk, and kithul jaggery.
The restaurant stays open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 9 pm and offers dine-in services along with curbside pickup and no-contact delivery.
Address: 2420 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, United States
8. Top Burmese Bistro Royale – one of the best-rated Burmese restaurants in Portland
One of the best-rated Burmese restaurants, Top Burmese Bistro Royale is well-known for offering some of the best southeast Asia dishes.
Their Burmese Gold Samosas, Sweet Mango Wings, Coconut Noodle Soup with Tofu along with the Shan Noodle with Chicken taste great and are worth trying if you are looking for great quality eastern dishes. Tofu Noodle Salad and Hand Mix Rainbow Salad, along with others, are some great vegan options.
The restaurant stays open throughout the week from 11:30 am to 9 pm.
Address: 12655 SW 1st St, Beaverton, OR 97005, United States
9. Nong’s Khao Man Gai – one of the best Thai restaurants in southeast Portland
Nong’s Khao Man Gai is one of the best Thai restaurants located in southeast Portland on Ankeny Street.
Their Khao Man Gai, more commonly known as Thai Chicken & Rice, is a non-GMO dish with special Nong’s Sauce, cucumbers, and cilantro; it is one of the reasons behind the restaurant’s rising popularity. The Veggie Khao Man Gai is an option for people looking for vegan food. Khao Kha Muu, Chicken, Rice & Peanut, along with Tofu Peanut are also some delicious offerings.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai stays open throughout the week from 10 am to 8 pm.
Address: 609 SE Ankeny St C, Portland, OR 97214, United States
10. Magna Kusina – an amazing Filipino restaurant serving a variety of snacks, mains and desserts
Magna Kusina is an amazing Filipino restaurant that can be found on Clinton Street in southeast Portland.
The restaurant offers snacks like Lumpia, Sisig, and Pancit Miki-Bihon. Their skewers menu includes Manok, Galing sa Dagat, and Galing Sa Lupa. Kilawin na Baka and Escabeche are a part of Magna Kusina’s Ulam menu. They also have a dessert menu that consists of Biko and Tres Leches.
The restaurant opens only three days a week from Thursday to Saturday from 5 to 9 pm.
Address: 2525 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202, United States
11. Eem – Thai BBQ & Cocktails – a modern Thai restaurant which is great place for curry and cocktails
A modern Thai restaurant located on Williams Avenue, Eem – Thai BBQ & Cocktails, is a great place for curry and cocktails.
The curry menu offered by the restaurant includes White curry with brisket burnt ends & cauliflower and Massaman curry with smoked lamb shoulder & peanuts, among other options.
If you’re not in the mood for curry, you can try their BBQ fried rice, Sweet & Sour fried chicken, or Very Spicy Papaya Salad. Their drinks menu is also beyond anything you will find in the city with drinks like Pipe dream, Acid test, and White elephant, along with other one-of-a-kind drinks.
Eem – Thai BBQ & Cocktails offers online delivery, takeaway, and dine-in. It stays open from 11 am to 9 pm.
Address: 3808 North Williams Avenue st, 127, Portland, OR 97227, United States
12. Cha Ya Kitchen Southeast Asian Fusion – serving a combination of Thai and Chinese food
Based in southeast Portland on Madison Street, the Cha Ya Kitchen is a place where you can find both Thai and Chinese food.
The customers who have been to the restaurant recommend their Tofu with peanut Sauce and Spicy Chicken with fried egg. The restaurant also makes great Pad Thai Burrito with peanut sauce. Their Boba Tea is also out of this world and has a unique recipe that is exclusive to the restaurant.
The restaurant offers dine-in and no-contact delivery along with curbside pickup.
Address: 1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214, United States
13. Gado Gado – a great place to try cuisines from all over Asia
A restaurant in northeast Portland on Cesar E Chavez Boulevard, Gado Gado is a great place if you want to try cuisines from all over Asia.
Sambal, Squash Panipuri, Roti Canai, Lamb & Potato Perkedel, Chicken Sausage & Shrimp Siu-Mai, Sumatran Style Beef Rendang, and Crispy Brussels Sprouts are some of the many unique dishes that you can find at Gado Gado.
It stays open from 5 to 9 pm all days of the week, except for Tuesdays.
14. La Mai Plate – a top-tier Thai restaurant offering seasonal specials
La Mai Plate is another top-tier Thai restaurant on our list; it can be found on 13th Avenue in southeast Portland and boasts an amazing rating of 4.9 out of 5-stars.
It offers a wide range of options with a number of seasonal specials that include Sea Chips, La Mai Laska, and Sweet Winter. Their La Mai Roll, Curry Puff, Summer Roll, Tom Saa Soup, La Mai Plate, and La Mai Noodle, among other dishes, have been recommended by a number of customers who have been to the restaurant.
The restaurant offers takeaway services and stays open from 12 to 7 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Address: 7875 SE 13th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202
15. Top Burmese Burma Joy – another great Burmese restaurant offering a range of different foods
Another Top Burmese restaurant, Top Burmese Burma Joy, is located in northwest Portland on 23rd Avenue.
The restaurant offers a range of different foods including appetizers, signature noodles, and salads, along with other options. Their Kyay Oh and Punn They Noodles are among the best tasting in the market. Furthermore, the Burmese Mango Chicken Curry and the Papawadi Coconut Beef Curry are also in a league of their own.
Address: 1305 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, United States
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Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland, UK and the US but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and great football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and also runs his own blog and Instagram page. He also counts Melbourne, Cape Town and Tel Aviv among his favourite places. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @scottbalaam