Whether it reminds you of your last trip to Southeast Asia, or you just want a change of cuisine, there are so many great Southeast Asian restaurants scattered throughout Shanghai. We’ve gone ahead and helped you in making a list of some of the most popular ones, whether it be Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian or Malaysian food: it is time to mix, or spice, things up.
1) Thai: Muang Thai Kitchen (泰厨)View In Map
For cheap and reliable Thai food, head to Muang Thai Kitchen. The grub on offer is the typical range of amazing Thai food: from papaya salad to curries that will leave you craving more, and will have you coming back for more. The drinks are also typically Thai, with Thai tea being a favourite amongst those who have fond memories of their visits to Thailand.
Add: 288 Chengdu Beilu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6327 7579
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
2) Thai: Urban Thai (妈咪泰料)View In Map
This authentic, small, Thai restaurant is great for all occasions. Launched in 2011 by a mother and daughter, they serve a wide variety of vegetarian, spicy, and non-spicy food. Their menu boasts the classics ranging from satay, papaya salad and spring rolls to pad thai, and also has set lunches for 58 RMB (one dish and a drink), 68 RMB (a starter or soup, dish and a drink) or 88 RMB (a starter, soup, dish and a drink). They deliver too if you prefer that option, perfect for a rainy night in. Check their website for the areas that they deliver to. Apart from the Chengle Lu chain listed below, they also have a location at Dagu Lu, also in Jing’an District.
Add: 938 Changle Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 3250 3863
Opening Hours: 11:30-22:00
3) Vietnamese: Mekong River (湄公河越南餐厅)View In Map
Mekong River serves food like they do in Vietnam: simple, cheap, and good. Mekong River serves all the Vietnamese favourites, including pork spring rolls with caramelized pork, vermicelli, lettuce and carrots, and pho with a few different toppings. The atmosphere here is lively, and feels a bit like a typical pho joint in Vietnam.
Add: 5F Metro City, 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6426 8256
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
4) Vietnamese: Pho Real （富民路店） View In Map
The Pho is so good at this little restaurant (which has a few different outlets) that there is a constant queue during peak hours. The best option here is the Pho, obviously, but they also serve some other dishes, all of which are super fresh and tasty. Especially good for a lunch with friends, and quick if you come at a time when there is no need to queue.
Add: 166 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 8110
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
5) Malaysian: Awana （满金香） View In Map
This Malaysian fusion eatery has been popular for a while now, and still serves some great Malaysian cuisine; think bowls of laksa, dragon beans and chicken rice. The food here is reasonably priced, and they have set lunches for 368 RMB for 2-3 people, including pepper crab, Malaysian curries, pancakes, iced lemon tea and more depending on the set you choose.
Add: 1124 Beijing Xilu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6266 6646
Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
6) Malaysian: Food Fusion （融合马来西亚餐厅） View In Map
Another Malaysian fusion restaurant, as Malaysian cooking has so many different influence it is barely not fusion, can be found in Parkson mall. This eatery is very nice, and the food is authentic. It is great for a quick bite, and the restaurant fills up quickly during the daily lunch and dinner rush.
Add: 8F Parkson, 918 Huaihai Zhonglu, Luwan District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6385 3906
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
7) Indonesian: Bali Laguna (巴厘岛)View In Map
Set in a beautiful and peaceful setting, Bali Laguna offers authentic and delicious Indonesian food. The starters range from prawns and fish cakes to satay skewers (58-75 RMB) and the mains start at 78 RMB; 580 RMB if you are up for an entire lobster. Most excitingly, they have an array of traditional Indonesian desserts that you won’t be able to turn down, from glutinous pandan rice cakes to Indonesian cinnamon layer cake.
Add: Door 3, Jing’an Gongyuan, 189 Huashan Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6248 6970
Opening Hours: 11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30, and 14:30-17:00 special for high tea
8) Indonesia: Bali BistroView In Map
Cheaper than Bali Laguna, Bali Bistro is also a great option whether you want to try Indonesian food for the first time, or whether you are already familiar with it and just have a craving. They serve the popular gado-gado and sate ayam, and have a range of spicy curries too.
Add: 75 Wanhangdu Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6288 5778
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
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Keywords: Southeast Asian Restaurants in Shanghai Malaysian Indonesian Vietnamese Food Thai
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