For those who believe in cheap food that doesn’t taste like it was ordered off of a dollar menu, street food is worth seeking out. Often prized as an essential component of traveling abroad — especially to countries including Thailand and Japan — Asian street food is becoming increasingly easy to find in Las Vegas. The cuisine is the perfect solution for anyone who is on a budget, on-the-go or in the mood for something new. Here are four places to find Asian street food in Las Vegas:
Japanese street food that’s as colorful as the setting
From the eye-catching graffiti-style murals on the wall to the creative menu, Paid in Full makes an impression. The southwest Las Vegas restaurant serves shareable dishes including udon fries and crispy tapioca (most for under $10) and individual plates including clams with unagi dumplings and crispy rainbow trout with snow peas. Also on the menu is vanilla soft serve with curry shortbread and coconut and sake, Japanese beers, and the bold addition of Mad Dog 20/20.
Paid in Full, 7225 S. Durango Drive, Suite 105; 725-605-4402
Bangkok street fare
Chef Nittaya Parawong’s Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen has long been a popular spot in Summerlin. Block 9 Thai Street Eats, which is located about 15 minutes south, is a sort of edgier younger sister spot. The casual restaurant serves Bangkok-inspired street food including red, yellow, green, and panang curry, skewers, and stir-fried vegetables.
Block 9 Thai Street Eats, 10595 Discovery Drive, Suite 5; 702-331-1088
A cozy Arts District spot
Just off of Main Street in the Arts District, diners will find the understated and intimate D E Thai Kitchen, specializing in Bangkok street food. The 900-square-foot restaurant serves Thai street food with a similarly tiny price tag. The menu includes fried tofu, chicken satay, Thai fried rice, curries, and more, with most items priced below $10.
DE Thai Kitchen, 1108 S. Third St.; 702-979-9121
Japanese street food in Chinatown
Las Vegas’ Chinatown neighborhood is a food lover’s paradise with seemingly endless culinary delights to uncover. For diners interested in sampling the area’s diverse range of dining options, Takopa makes a worthwhile addition to the list with cheap Japanese street food including okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake topped with bonito flakes), noodles, and takoyaki (octopus balls).
Takopa, 4215 Spring Mountain Road, Suite B106A; 702-445-6343