Where to find some of the best Asian restaurants across New Hampshire

Bowls of Asian food with chicken, beef and vegetables chow mein and rice with pork.

Bowls with chicken, beef and vegetables chow mein and rice with pork. (Courtesy Getty Images)

By Mrinali Dhembla

May 6, 2024

Happy Asian American Pacific Islander month to all AAPI Granite Staters!

New Hampshire is seeing a rising diversity index—it went up from 54.9% in 2010 to 61.1% in 2020—with the Asian population making 6% of the state population in the 2020 census, up from 3.2% in 2010.

So, of course this demographic shift is also seen in food choices that Granite Staters prefer. After all, who doesn’t like an amazing pho bowl, a juicy momo or a crispy egg roll?

Enjoy Asia’s rich flavor, culture, and history at these staff-picked Asian restaurants in New Hampshire!

East Asian

  • Wok the Wok in Hampton: This family-style Chinese restaurant has been in the game for almost two decades. Serving as a perfect pit stop after a day at the beach, Wok the Wok serves a variety of seafood options alongside a classic Chinese food menu.
  • Buba Noodle in Manchester and Concord: Known for its Asian-inspired tapas, Buba Noodle, which has locations on Elm Street in Manchester and Main Street in Concord, serves a select menu of ramen, steamed baos, and pho.
  • Sue’s Korean Kitchen in Stratham: Sue’s Korean Kitchen serves traditional Korean food in a neighborhood café-like feel. There are options for everyone—meat and non-meat lovers!
  • Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Concord: Ichiban offers Japanese food with an American twist (you may want to try the sushi pizza!). Its menu also features classic Japanese dishes like sushi, Udon noodles, and sashimi.

South Asian:

  • Café Momo in Manchester: Offering traditional Nepali food in an intimate setting, Café Momo offers more than 10 types of delectable (vegan options available!) momos. You can also try out a whole nine yards meal by ordering one of the thalis (plates).
  • Chowrastha in Nashua: This self-service eatery offers snack items and classic recipes from every corner—-East, West, North and South—-of India. Hence the name “Chowrastha,” or, the meeting of four roads.
  • Shalimar India in Portsmouth: A cozy North Indian restaurant, Shalimar has been in the business since 1992. This restaurant brings out royal recipes from the courts of Mughal emperors to the Seacoast.
  • Curry Indian and Pakistani Restaurant in Keene: Owned by a Pakistani Granite Stater, Mohammed Ali, Curry Indian and Pakistani Restaurant serves 100% Halal recipes. The recipes taste so close home that Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai ate at this restaurant last year while on a visit to the state.

Southeast Asian:

  • Tasya’s Kitchen in Somersworth: Located on High Street in Somersworth (home to a large Indonesian community), Tasya’s Kitchen brings to Granite Staters traditional dishes such as pempek (savory fishcake delicacy), Indonesian meatballs, and rice bowls.
  • V’S Sandwich in Tilton: Serving Boba sundaes in the summer, don’t miss out on its Cajun-inspired fusion Banh-mi. The drinks menu, including a wide selection of tea flavors, runs almost as long as the food menu!
  • Bali State House in Somersworth: Currently serving a special menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Bali State House serves Indonesia’s classic noodle dish Mie Goreng, alongside a full menu of meat-based and vegetarian entrées.
  • Thai Garden in Keene: Located on Main Street in Keene. and owned by Panom Voravittayathorn of Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand, this eatery prides itself on serving authentic Thai food. Don’t miss out on its $9.95 lunch special served on weekdays! (Fun fact: I had my first-ever meal in New Hampshire here, and it was 10/10.

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  • Mrinali Dhembla

    Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mrinali Dhembla is Granite Post's multimedia reporter. She's previously worked as deputy editor at The Keene Sentinel, and has experience writing for many national and international publications. When not doing journalism, she likes to cook food (and eat it).

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