Deana Saukam is a food writer and photographer who has mastered the noodle lift and has the Instagram shots to prove it. Although she’s based in LA, she is a bonafide globetrotter, having just returned from a food-filled ricochet from Shanghai to Tokyo to Hong Kong and back. Deana grew up in Houston, Texas and used to live in Austin—so yeah, she knows her BBQ—but we’re here today to uncover the best noodles, dumplings, sushi and curry in Los Angeles. If you’re curious about Chinese food specifically, Deana recommends you check out this PlaceList from her best friend Mei Lin, who casually won Top Chef in 2015. From Thai Town to the San Gabriel Valley, see where Faim Fatale finds her Asian food fix in greater Los Angeles when she’s not preoccupied with a plate of surf ‘n turf in the bubble bath.
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Sapp Coffee Shop
Luv2eat Thai Bistro
Shunji Japanese Cuisine
DS: I also love Sushi Zo. I get hyped every time I go there. I love them. Best freakin' omakase.
Din Tai Fung
DS: For Chinese, you can't go wrong with Din Tai Fung. Order the pork XLB’s, the noodles, the spicy wontons. They’re good. Oh and the pork fried rice. Those are all solid. Yum.
Newport Seafood Restaurant
DS: Also I love Newport Seafood for—it’s kind of like a Vietnamese-Chinese style of seafood dishes. It’s amazing. Everything is good here, but you have to order the lobster.
Yu Chun Restaurant
DS: I love Yu Chun for the cold noodles and the galbi combo.
DS: Park’s BBQ is so freakin’ good. There’s a combo I love that has the flower cut beef galbi. It's got bulgogi and some other stuff I can’t remember, but it’s perfect. It’s good for two people, get a little bit of everything. I love the japchae and the kimchi stew.