Austin is an eclectic mixture of people from all different backgrounds. Bringing various cuisines from across the Pacific, we are home to several popular Asian-owned businesses in Austin that we love to frequent. From pho to ramen to sweet treats, Austin has more of reason to celebrate our diversity with a unique selection of international food.
Fierce Whiskers Distillery
Taste the smooth finish of Fierce Whiskers whiskey and the intimate story behind them. Using both new and old techniques, Fierce Whiskers Distillery takes both to create the ultimate bourbon and whiskey. Co-founders Tri Vo and Tim Penney are both Asian-American entrepreneurs and native Texans focused on bringing quality liquor to the industry. Proud Asian-American businesses in Austin come with hard work and dedication like Fierce Whiskers Distillery aims to achieve.
If you love ramen then you are all too familiar with the uber-popular Ramen Tatsu-Ya and other Tatsu-Ya Concepts. Arguably one of the best Asian-owned businesses in Austin, Tatsu-Ya Concepts is known for its multiple locations of ramen restaurants and other businesses. Chef-Owner Tatsu Aikawa spent time at the Michelin-starred kaiseki-sushi bar in Urasawa in LA before he eventually returned to Austin to contribute authentic Japanese ramen to Texas. Other Tatsu-Ya concepts include Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya, Tiki Tatsu-Ya, DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya, and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya!
Bao’d Up in Aldrich Street
Get all sorts of bao combinations when you visit Bao’d Up at the Aldrich Street shopping center. Come hungry or bring your friends because you can pack a lot of bao in with various platter sizes. One of our favorite Asian-owned businesses in Austin, Bao’d Up started in 2017 by Ting and co-founder Alex Wu. Bao’d Up offers classic dumplings like juicy pork, spicy brisket, creamy veggie, or teriyaki bao. You can also customize your meal into noodle/bao combos! Don’t forget the classic milk tea or fruit tea to go with your meal!
Cookie Wookie Kitchen
Enjoy cute cookies with a kawaii touch. Cookie Wookie Kitchen brings the Asian-inspired decoration and flavors to Austin with various pickup locations. When Erica Yern quit her NYC television producing job in 2018, she and her family packed up and headed to Austin, TX for a slower pace. With their new digs, she began to blossom as a blogger and prolific home baker, combining classic American baked goods with Asian flavors from her youth. Upon sharing her creations with the public, Cookie Wookie Kitchen was born.
This is the perfect lunch or breakfast spot, perfect for hosting meetings or just casual gathering with friends or family. Offering a variety of salads, sandwiches, and crépes, Café Créme is one of our favorite Asian-owned businesses in Austin to celebrate. Enjoy savory and sweet crépes, toasted bagel varieties, breakfast sandwiches, and breakfast tacos! You can even book a conference room for your meetings.
A hip destination on South Congress, Lucky Robot is a hot spot for sushi and all the appetizers that accompany it. Focused on culinary innovations and conscientious sourcing, Lucky Robot offers the best Asian cuisine experience. Try classics like seaweed salad, miso soup, and steamed pork buns for an appetizer, and then move on to an endless rainbow of sushi varieties.
This popular bakery is home to various Asian-inspired desserts. OMG Squee was also featured on Queer Eye, Austin edition and has gained even more visitation. They offer 100% gluten-free Asian-American desserts like macarons, taiyaki, mochi donuts, cheesecakes, and traditional bubble tea. Order pickup or enjoy in-house at one of our favorite Asian-owned businesses in Austin.
For authentic Vietnamese pho, PhoNatic is a popular spot for that hot noodle soupy goodness. Founders Pat Lee and Sara Lee opened their first restaurant Pho Saigon together in 2006 after they were in college. To welcome more of the public to Vietnamese dining, they introduced fast-casual concept PhoNatic which took off with popularity! Get all your favorite flavors from meaty to vegan when you visit your nearest PhoNatic.
Traditional Paitan Ramen (a creamy or white soup) comes from this ramen spot Sazan Ramen! Choose from all your favorite ramens like spicy paitan, traditional chicken or pork broth, or Ma-Yu (black) ramen, made with black garlic oil. There are various appetizers like wings, edamame, and bakudan fries as well!
East Side Kings
Bringing stunning flavors from traditional Japanese street food, East Side Kings is a must-stop food truck. You can find popular street food like pork belly buns, Thai chicken karaage, spicy avocado bun, and beet home fries seasoned with delicious green onion and togarashi. Grab some kewpie mayo dipping sauce and you’re good to go! Find East Side Kings on South Lamar and East 6th parked outside Liberty for your late-night food cravings.