6 x NEW AMAZING ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM

We have a weakness for Asian destinations and Asian food. It may have something to do with the fact that I have Indonesian roots and growing up with eating various spices and herbs. This always results in sheer joy when I hear about a new Asian restaurant opening in Amsterdam. These are some newcomers we want you to hear about.

Intisari Bistro Indonesia, Balboastraat 24

If you know the Dutch, you know that Indonesian food has always been important. Most people know their way around with GadoGado, Saté and Nasi Goreng. We’re happy to mention that Intisari Bistro Indonesia recently opened its doors and the reviews are praising positively. www.intisari.nl

Asian Newcomers in Amsterdam

BAOHUIS,Van Limburg stirumstraat 115

This Asian street food newcomer has opened as of early summer and is partly run by renowned chef Justin Brown. The serve no nonsense bao buns (with pulled pork or veggie), cocktails, finger licking Asian bites and Asian beers! They are close by the Westerpark, and have an outside terrace with plenty of seats. baohuis.nl

Benji’s Toko & Benji’s Bro, Baarsjesweg 188 / Maassluitstraat 243

After the success at Benji’s East, they quickly made plans to open a second café. This time, with Indonesian flavours. During breakfast and lunch you can enjoy healthy Bali style dishes such as Buddha or Acai bowls, but at dinner the real Indonesian flavours come out. You can order a mini “rijstafel” for meat, fish eaters or vegetarians. In addition to these, there are also Indonesian side orders are available. The toko is a place where you can drink Bali style cocktails at night and cool events with DJ’s will follow. The interior is amazing and the staff is friendly. Benji’s is not wasting any time and opened their 3rd location in Amsterdam New West, Benji’s Bro, which will also become a co-working space. In conclusion, you will see us here often!

Beji's Toko | Asian Newcomers

Boi Boi Southwest, Heemstedestraat 27H

Some say that Boi Boi is the best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. They established back in 2015, but recently opened a new place near Hoofddorpplein in Amsterdam New West. To begin with, they serve the best Thai dishes we love to eat in Thailand. We can’t wait to try it! www.boiboi.com

Koma House, Krugerplein 2

This small Vietnamese restaurant has been getting amazing reviews by many customers, as well as from Asian influencers and trendsetters. The food is just as good as the ambiance, plus the staff is lovely. The owner is also Vietnamese so they know what they are doing. From rice bowls to buns, salad and catering, they do it!

Best Asian newcomers in Amsterdam

Paku Paku Amsterdam, Beukenplein 3H

Besides being the first Japanese fondue restaurant is the Netherlands, Paku paku is also a language bar where expats can meet to learn and speak Dutch to and from each other. What better way to get to know the Dutch culture then by sharing food and meeting locals! During dinner, guests drop their favourite fish, meat or veggies in the bubbling hot pot. You can compare it to a traditional fondue, but better and also a bit healthier because you are not frying your ingredients. 

Paku Paku Amsterdam

So which of these Asian Restaurants are you going to visit first?

Enjoy the spice!

Elke

ĂnĂn Saigon » Vietnamese Streetfood in Utrecht

Walking into ĂnĂn, you are instantly hit with the smells and colours of a busy side street in Saigon… or in Utrecht! The vibe is alive and the place is dotted with wait staff running between tables and the kitchen carrying steaming little plates of mouth-watering Vietnamese treats.

On top of the tables are typical of what you would find in a local Vietnamese eatery – colourful plastic trays filled with sauces, chop sticks and napkins. The chairs are also in style – bamboo. We are told that AnAn in Vietnamese means ‘eat eat’. Yes please.

ĂnĂn Utrecht

ĂnĂn literally means Eat Eat

The menu is impressive with so much to choose from. The small dishes are designed to share (something all Asians like to do) and 2 to 4 dishes are equal to a full meal. And let’s all put our hands together for their extensive choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes too. 

Asian Beers
Asian beers at ĂnĂn 

ĂnĂn Vietnamese Streetfood

The food starts to come out and it smells amazing. The vegetables are fresh and the broths and sauces are salty and sweet, leaving a warm feeling in the throat. They have a selection of ‘Banh Hoi’ – roll it yourself dishes. The ingredients are crunchy and when put together, the aroma and taste of that first bite are so good. The great thing about Vietnamese cuisine (besides the prices) is that because the dishes are so light, there is always room to sample more. The duck curry is a power house and rocks our taste buds, as is the udon dumpling soup with vegetables.

ĂnĂn Saigon » Vietnamese Streetfood in Utrecht

ĂnĂn is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. You can always walk in and try your luck, but it is recommended to book as it can get quite busy.

ĂnĂn
Voorstraat 23, 3512AH, Utrecht
Website

Love,

Rahima

*Rahima is one of our new guest editors from Australia who lives in Utrecht and loves everything “gezellig”! She will write about the best and most delicious hotspots in Utrecht! Follow her via rahimasaikal.squarespace.com

Amsterdams new Asian Hotspot » HappyHappyJoyJoy

I love Asian food! Whether it’s Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean or Japanese, these cuisines bring a little spice to my life. So I was thrilled when I heard about this new Asian kid in town: HappyHappyJoyJoy. Yes the name is very Asian too and I love it.

This Asian hotspot is situated in the Bilderdijkstraat and around the corner of the buzzing Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam. Their concept is simple but effective. They serve Asian Streetfood. Not your usual starters or mains but small and surprising Asian dishes to share and taste. Taste typical Asian dishes like Har Kau and Shao Mai or red hot specialties like ‘hot & spicy shrimps’ or steamed mussels in XO sauce.

Happyhappyjoyjoy serves streetfood with Thai, Malaysian , Indonesian, Chinese and Korean influences.

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The first thing you notice when you enter is the interior. It’s awesome. Red umbrella’s cover the ceiling and typical Asian propaganda cover the walls.
You can dine right across from the open kitchen, sit at the bar or book a private room in the back. It can get quite busy during the week so make sure you reserve yourself a table. In the weekends you should be able to walk in for lunch.

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Food and business, 2 things that go very well together in Asia. Book your private table here.

I tried the Mussels, Thai fishcakes, Korean salad and the famous Pad Thai. All delicious and you can really taste the different flavors. They serve a variety of Asian tea’s, beers and drinks such as fresh coconuts, palm juice and sparkling lychee ramune. The only negative thing I have to say is that they don’t serve vegetarian DimSum, only meat. This was a disappointment because I’m always on a quest to find the best DimSum in Amsterdam.

HappyHappyJoyJoy Mussels
Spicy steamed mussels, yummie!

HappyHappyJoyJoy also does take away and you can book small or bigger events. Diner cards, special chopsticks and their signature sweet chilly sauce are all available through their WebshopSo whatever your Asian preference is, I think you can say (with an Asian accent); I’m very happy happy! 

Love,

Elke

HappyHappyJoyJoy
Bilderdijkstraat 158hs

1053 LC Amsterdam
+31(0)20 344 6433
Open for Lunch & Dinner 

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