I love Asian cuisine! And, I don’t think that it is only because of my Asian heritage that’s why I do. Ask any food enthusiast out there and it is likely you’ve heard of this word as the reason for this: spices!

Duck in soft bun. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Duck in soft bun. Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

Asian cuisine excites the palate. The balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy is pretty common in Asian food regardless if it’s from Indonesia, Thailand, Korea or Japan! And despite the uncanny similarities with the ingredients or cooking methods used to create the dish, each country has their own “mark” on it making it unique from its contemporaries. And it is just one of the many more reasons why it is hard not to crave for Asian food!

Luckily for me, there are a lot of great quality Asian restaurants in Ireland – and a lot of them are cheap, too! Over the years, the number of Asian restaurants in Dublin increased – all thanks to the surge of Asian Expats (like me!) and tourists. And for this article, let me share with you some of my personal favorites!

Pho Viet

Crispy ban xheo! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Crispy ban xheo! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

This authentic Vietnamese restaurant was discovered purely by accident. We were watching the St. Paddy’s Day parade around Parnell St. and felt hunger pangs after standing for so long. The weather was cold and we were badly craving for some hot broth and luckily for us, this restaurant was just a few steps from where we stand!

Do try their crispy pancakes (Ban Xheo) or fresh spring rolls to start. And then, take your pick on which pho to warm your hearts especially on a cold winter day. And, don’t forget to order a cuppa of Vietnamese coffee, too!

For more information on opening hours and sample menu, visit Pho Viet’s official website: http://www.phoviet.ie/

Duck

 

Inside duck! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
Inside duck! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

I lived in Singapore for a year and at the time I lived there, Cantonese-styled noodles were one of my “comfort” meals. I mean, why wouldn’t it? It’s tasty, super cheap, filling, and I can choose which topping I want!

It wasn’t until a couple of months later after moving here that Duck opened its doors in Fade St. So, imagine my happiness when I saw the ad from our local Asian grocery!

The restaurant is tiny and reminded me a lot of the hawker-styled food courts that I miss in Singapore. The menu is simple and they have “budget meals” where you can order a meal with a drink for about a tenner – so this is fantastic for students on a tight budget!

For more information on opening hours and sample menu, visit Duck’s official website: http://www.duck.ie/

Musashi

This matcha mousse cake is just divine! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite
This matcha mousse cake is just divine! Photo via Grab a Ticket, Buy a Bite

Japanese food will always be one of my favorites. Apart from my never-ending fascination about the country and culture of Japan, I just love the simplicity and freshness that comes from their food. Our trip to Japan in spring of 2013 cemented that even further as I have tasted the awesomeness of the “real deal”!

There are a number of Japanese restaurants around Dublin and Musashi is one of our favorites. Apart from the close proximity from our apartment, our dining experience here has always been positive.

Do try their selection of sushi and sashimi platters. The seafood is fresh and prices are not ridiculously expensive, too. And for dessert, I recommend the matcha cheesecake – yum!

For more information on opening hours and sample menu, visit Musashi’s official website: http://musashidublin.com/

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