Fou Fow Ramen
+31 (0)20 845 05 44
There's really nothing more comforting than a big bowl of steaming noodle soup. Fou Fow Ramen is a very simple and basic restaurant with a simple menu. Choose from four types of broth, and add your preffered toppings. In all cases, the Japanese noodles are nice and firm. Have a Japanese beer of a small cup of sake with your soup.
Japanese Pancake World
Tweede Eglantierdwarsstraat 24-A
+31 (0)20 320 44 47
Okonomiyaki (or Japanese pancakes) are actually more like frittata than pancakes. They're made from flour, pureed potato or noodles and eggs. They're topped with cabbage, pork, beef, shrimp or veggies, and are garnished with either a sweet sauce or mayonnaise, dried seaweed and tries fish flakes. They're small, but very filling. Try to get a seat at the bar here, so you can see the cooks at work.
Albert Cuypstraat 91
+31 (0)20 752 68 80
Vietnamese street food is a small and cosy restaurant in De Pijp. Pho is a noodle soup that's orginally from North Vietnam where it's primarily eaten at breakfast. But at Pho 91 you can eat four different kinds of pho (one veggie) for dinner. It's only open for lunch in the weekend. Queues are not unusual here, so come early if you want a seat.
+31 (0)20 624 34 70
This classic Cantonese restaurant opened in 1981 at Zeedijk, in the heart of the Chinese district. It acquired national fame as the setting for the book and film Oysters at Nam Kee, named after their popular steamed oyster dish. As it's also very popular with the members of the Chinese community, they opened two more locations at Nieuwmarkt and Marie Heinekenplein.
+31 (0)20 320 45 62
This Thai restaurant is tucked away along a main street, but is within walking distance of The Jordaan. Locals know that this is the place to go for the best red curries and tom kha kai (spicy chicken soup). The restaurant itself is simply, but tastefully decorated. The options on the menu seem endless. The dishes are refined and made fresh, and the host is very friendly.