You’re hungry and craving Asian food…maybe fried rice or ramen or sushi? We’ve got you covered with our post on the Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville, NC. You’re guaranteed to find a something on our list that’ll hit the spot. Ready to find and eat some of the best Asian food in Asheville? Let’s go!
There are two Itto Ramen’s in Asheville. One is located downtown across from the Asheville Art Museum. The other is located on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Itto’s Classic Ramen is made with their original broth, house made ramen, chashu pork, bamboo shoots, half or a seasoned egg, scallion, organic arugula, and nori. It’s easily one of our favorite dishes. I like to add corn to mine. We also really love the Itto Deluxe Ramen which is the same as the Classic with the addition of black garlic oil.
Itto also has a brothless option, the Itto House Special Ramen, which is one of the best dishes we’ve ever had. It’s made with a sesame base and is made with spicy oil, parmesan cheese, ground pork, a seasoned egg, scallions, crispy onions and white truffle oil.
When we are traveling and away from Asheville, there are a couple of restaurants that we crave. One of them is Wild Ginger. This is easily one of our favorite Asian restaurants in Asheville but also one of our favorite restaurants overall. We’ve had everything from their whole fish to their lemongrass beef satay to their steamed shrimp and pork dumplings and all of it is delicious. Our favorite things to eat there, however, are their chicken phở and their banh mi. The portions are generous, the food is always fresh, hot, and seasoned perfectly, and the owners and staff are really kind.
El Kimchi Food Truck | Locations Vary
Okay, so El Kimchi isn’t a brick and mortar restaurant, but it still offers some of the best Asian food in Asheville. And though the location varies on where El Kimchi is parked, it’s easy to find them by hopping on their Facebook page. (They usually post where they’ll be at the beginning of the week.) And often they’re parked at one of the breweries which makes it a fun place to grab a meal and a beer. Their kimchi is awesome and can be added to anything you order. It can also be purchased in large containers if you want to take some home. Our personal favorites are their beef bibimbap and their burritos.
While also not a restaurant, Highland Brewing Company makes our list of the Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville because we wanted to support and recognize an Asian owned business in Asheville. We love their AVL IPA, Rising Haze IPA, and their Daycation IPA. If you haven’t been to their space, put it on the list. In addition to their taproom, they also have an awesome outdoor space with picnic tables, places to hang a hammock, volleyball courts, and even a trail. Oh and if you wanted to get some food while at Highland, no worries. There’s usually a food truck parked out in front, too in case you want some actual food.
Chef May opened Thai Pearl in March of 2020 on Haywood Road in West Asheville. It’s one of our favorite Asian restaurants in Asheville. Their fried rice is our go to but we also love their green papaya salad made with carrot, fresh garlic, tomato, crushed peanuts with Thai chili-lime-fish sauce, and sugar dressing. Their larb chicken salad is also amazing. Each of their hot dishes can be served up with different spice levels ranging from none to Thai hot (VERY hot)! If you’re in the mood for authentic Thai food and you’re on the west side of town, check out Thai Pearl.
There are a couple of really good sushi places in Asheville but in trying to pick the best one, Green Tea Sushi is at the top of our list. In addition to their delicious sushi, you can also order Pad Thai, Fried Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, etc. They’ve also got vegetarian options and a kids menu.
If you’re craving some delicious Chinese food, head on over to Red Ginger Dim Sum and Tapas. It’s located in downtown Asheville and is known for it’s handmade dumplings. If you go, try the Szechuan wontons style dumplings with shrimp and pork in homemade hot chili oil. The savory green beans and Gua Bao are also really tasty. Oh and when it’s cold out, the won ton soup can’t be beat.
What started out as a food truck ended up as a brick and mortar in downtown Asheville. And it is sooo good. We like to choose whatever is on the Chef’s special but there’s also a special place in our hearts for the chicken with green curry.
J Chong | Farmers Markets
No list of the best Asian Restaurants in Asheville would be complete without mentioning J Chong. J’s dumplings and homemade chili oil are for sale at a couple of the farmers markets around town. Pick up a dozen or more and then take them home and make your own Cantonese food. Trust us, this is hands-down some of the best food you can find in Asheville, NC.
Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville, NC
We are so lucky to have so many options for delicious Asian food in Asheville, NC. How many of these places have you been to? Leave a comment below or save and share for later. And if you go, we’d love to know which of these places were your favorites!