Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown
When a restaurant is one of our most-named places in our Where the Chefs Eat series, you know it's gotta be good. At Fu Fu Cafe, find everything from noodles, dumplings and clay pots, to salted fish fried rice and pork blood with intestine and pickled vegetable.
Stop by for one of the city's best green onion pancakes ($2.50), lunch specials including sweet and sour fish, salt and pepper squid, and roasted spare ribs ($5.99), or an incredible clear flat noodle dish with Szechwaun chile sauce ($5.99). Another must-have dish is the steam pork bun (4 for $4.25); The soft and doughy soup dumplings are certainly hot, so be sure to slurp them up in one delicious bite.
2. Banana Leaf
Photo by Troy Fields You'll find bold and vibrant Malaysian fare at our No. 2 spot.
The original Banana Leaf is almost always packed at lunch, but lucky for us they've built a newer restaurant right across the street. Check out either for a taste of Malaysian cuisine, including a mix of southeast Asian dishes like sweet and spicy sambal beef, Indian chicken curry, or kang kung bachlan, a stir-fried spinach dish made with shrimp paste.
Lunch specials are available Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for just $5.50 to $6.50. For another $2, add your choice of spring rolls, satay or shrimp todmun, along with soup, salad, and hot or iced tea.
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