Asian cuisine has always been extremely popular in The Triangle area. There are so many great Asian restaurants to choose from especially in Durham and Chapel Hill. Whether you prefer Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mongolian, or Thai food… There’s a pretty good mix of authentic & old-school restaurants, traditional affordable joints, along with high-end trendy and modern, fusion options. If you are craving Asian food one night, the number of choices can sometimes be overwhelming but fear not curry-fiends.

Here is a list of the top ten best Asian restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill that you should consider checking out and really can’t go wrong with:

Rasa Malaysia

Rasa Malaysia is the only Malaysian restaurant in the Triangle, but it holds the bar pretty high for any competitors that may be in its midst. The menu features an array of traditional Malaysian dishes such as Kari Ayam, a spicy chicken curry. This is the perfect spot for adventurous foodies that want to try something new!


Jujube is a unique Asian fusion restaurant in Chapel Hill. The menu is inspired by the flavors of China and Vietnam. Favorite menu items include the Kung Pao Chicken and its Lemongrass Grilled Hanger Steak, which was featured in Bon Appetit Magazine!

Shiki Sushi

According to IndyWeek, Shiki Sushi serves up the best sushi in Durham! This sleek, modern Asian bistro also features Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes as well.

Bua Thai Cuisine

Bua Thai Cuisine is one of the area’s newest Asian restaurants, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite. Its menu features authentic Thai cuisine along with a unique selection of baked goods.

Lime and Basil

Lime and Basil is a popular Vietnamese restaurant located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Its menu features traditional Vietnamese dishes such as Pho and Saigon Street Noodles.

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen is a cozy Chinese restaurant that is a favorite among locals in Chapel Hill. The chef, Kevin Zhu, specializes in Shanghai-style cooking and the menu features over 100 Chinese dishes!

M Kokko

M Kokko is a casual Korean restaurant that also features other Asian cuisines, such as Ramen or Bahn Mi. It’s associated with M Sushi, which is a restaurant dedicated to sushi and seafood.

Ms. Mong

The goal of Ms. Mong is to redefine Mongolian BBQ! This unique restaurant is located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. It features Mongolian-inspired BBQ bowls with a variety of sauces and other additions.

Koumi Japanese Restaurant

Koumi Japanese Restaurant is popular among Durham locals. It features sushi, along with other Asian dishes. Dine in or takeout!

Sake Bomb

Sake Bomb is a trendy Asian bistro and sushi bar located in Durham. It features BOGO (Buy One Get One) sushi every day and is a great spot for date night.

Other popular Asian restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill include Peony Asian Bistro, Basan, and Elements. You can also find many Asian food trucks lurking around Durham and Chapel Hill throughout the week. Some of our favorites include Bulkogi Korean BBQ and Chirba Chirba, which serves up some of the best dumplings in the Triangle.

So what are some of your favorite Asian restaurants in Durham or Chapel Hill? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Durham Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN