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The Best Places for Asian Snack Foods in Los Angeles

When that snack attack hits

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If you've ever visited an Asian country, you know that they take their snacking very seriously. Vendors line the streets with quick, cheap bites in both sweet and savory varieties to keep you sustained throughout the day.

It isn't quite as easy to find this plethora of snacks in LA, but thankfully Los Angeles's rich communities of ethnic enclaves provide Angelenos with a vast array of treats to satisfy any snack attack that may hit — you just need to know where to look. From dumplings in Koreatown to Japanese pastries on Sawtelle to roasted chestnut specialists in Torrance, here are 18 fantastic shops in LA to satisfy Asian snack food cravings, presented in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bhan Kanom Thai บ้านขนมไทย

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If you’ve ever looked for a sweet treat after a meal at Ruen Pair, you may have stumbled into Bhan Kanom Thai. This storefront is a mecca for hard-to-find Thai desserts, and is probably the LA go-to for mango sticky rice.

Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

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Located right next to Torrance icon King’s Hawaiian is Cocohodo, a specialist in Korean walnut pastries. Think of them as a sort of Korean donut, with cake batter shaped into the form of a walnut then filled with sweet red bean. We dare you to eat just one.

Hisaya Kyoto Roasted Chestnuts

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Perhaps one of the most unique snack shops in LA is Torrance’s Hisaya Kyoto Roasted Chestnuts. Where else can you find a shop dedicated to the roasted nut, with everything from chestnut ice cream to cake to coffee?

HK Market

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One of Glendale’s most beloved markets, HK is a one-stop-shop for Asian treats. From pre-packaged goods like shrimp chips and Choco Pie to kimbap and a full banchan bar, HK is guaranteed to give you your Korean fix.

India Sweets & Groceries

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India Sweets & Groceries has been a Torrance staple for its unbelievably cheap vegetarian take out. Here lunch and dinner plates float around five bucks, but local snackers are here for the chaat, quick savory Indian and Pakistani bites. Samosas are handmade and are sold at less than one dollar, which means you might as well purchase a few things from the jewel-like pastry case, too.

LAX-C inc.

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Considered the Thai Costco, this Chinatown supermarket not only offers supermarket finds, but also a wide array of pre-packaged Asian snacks. If you happen to work up an appetite pursuing all those aisles, there’s a hot counter with Thai takeout along with a slew of Thai desserts.

Long's Family Pastry

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Chinatown bakery Long’s Family Pastry isn’t just a place for sweet treats. Beyond sesame balls and moon cakes, Long’s also hawks a variety of savory dim sum, which makes for an affordable dumpling feast right at home.

Lutong Bahay

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Don’t forget to pull a number at Lutong Bahay, a popular chain of Filipino markets. Like several Asian groceries, this one also has a hot counter with everything from lumpia to adobo.

Mae Ting's Coconut Cakes

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Meander through the stalls of any street market in Thailand and you’re likely to find a vendor who sells kanom krok, or coconut cakes. Chinatown’s Mae Ting’s is one of the few places you can find the soft, mildly sweetened cakes in LA. Only open on weekends.

Mikawaya

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The originator of mochi ice cream, Little Tokyo’s Mikawaya is the place to go for the traditional Japanese confection wrapped around balls of ice cream that are offered in a wide variety of flavors.

Mitsuru Cafe

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Walking past Mitsuru, you’re likely to stop to watch fresh imagawayaki be made through the window. The red bean-filled griddle cakes are a lovely sweet snack, but the shop also hawks savory takoyaki and a variety of friend meats on sticks.

Mitsuwa Marketplace

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This massive supermarket is a haven for all things Japanese. The real star of the show is the massive food court that hawks everything from sushi to tempura to almost any Japanese sweet you can imagine.

MJ Cafe Express

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This adorable tea house serves everything from bubble tea to Taiwanese popcorn chicken to macaron ice cream sandwiches to satisfy your sweet and savory snacking needs.

Myung In Dumplings

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Immortalized by Anthony Boudrain’s tour of Koreatown, Myung In is arguably the best place for dumplings this side of the SGV. Here the mandu come in fluffy king varieties and wrinkly steamed ones. With locations in K-Town and Torrance, it is easy for this no-frills storefront to become a go-to snack shop.

Oh My Pan Bakery & Tea

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This tea shop is a haven for sugar aficionados, as it’s impossible not to order a honey toast, a behemoth of bread loaded ice cream, fruit, and other sweet toppings. There's also plenty of sweet items in the pastry case for those who want to take something to go.

Q Chon Chicken

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Located in the back of Korean supermarket S Mart is Q Chon Chicken. Sitting right next to Torrance’s branch of Myung In, Q Chon is a perfect place to pick up spicy and sweet Korean fried chicken in the middle of your grocery run.

The Kim Bap

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Have you tried kimbap, a sort of Korean take on sushi that typically substitutes raw fish for vegetables or meat, yet? The popular Korean snack food has yet to make waves in LA as of yet, but Koreatown newcomer, aptly named The Kimbap, aims to change that. Think varieties that range from spicy pork to fried shrimp, alongside non-seaweed and rice roll dishes like noodles and tteokbokki.

Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake

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This Japanese bakery is a sort of a global phenomenon, drawing massive lines whenever a new shop opens up. The same holds true with the new location in the Westfield Santa Anita, where Angelenos can finally try the brand’s signature fluffy cheesecake.

Bhan Kanom Thai บ้านขนมไทย

If you’ve ever looked for a sweet treat after a meal at Ruen Pair, you may have stumbled into Bhan Kanom Thai. This storefront is a mecca for hard-to-find Thai desserts, and is probably the LA go-to for mango sticky rice.

Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

Located right next to Torrance icon King’s Hawaiian is Cocohodo, a specialist in Korean walnut pastries. Think of them as a sort of Korean donut, with cake batter shaped into the form of a walnut then filled with sweet red bean. We dare you to eat just one.

Hisaya Kyoto Roasted Chestnuts

Perhaps one of the most unique snack shops in LA is Torrance’s Hisaya Kyoto Roasted Chestnuts. Where else can you find a shop dedicated to the roasted nut, with everything from chestnut ice cream to cake to coffee?

HK Market

One of Glendale’s most beloved markets, HK is a one-stop-shop for Asian treats. From pre-packaged goods like shrimp chips and Choco Pie to kimbap and a full banchan bar, HK is guaranteed to give you your Korean fix.

India Sweets & Groceries

India Sweets & Groceries has been a Torrance staple for its unbelievably cheap vegetarian take out. Here lunch and dinner plates float around five bucks, but local snackers are here for the chaat, quick savory Indian and Pakistani bites. Samosas are handmade and are sold at less than one dollar, which means you might as well purchase a few things from the jewel-like pastry case, too.

LAX-C inc.

Considered the Thai Costco, this Chinatown supermarket not only offers supermarket finds, but also a wide array of pre-packaged Asian snacks. If you happen to work up an appetite pursuing all those aisles, there’s a hot counter with Thai takeout along with a slew of Thai desserts.

Long's Family Pastry

Chinatown bakery Long’s Family Pastry isn’t just a place for sweet treats. Beyond sesame balls and moon cakes, Long’s also hawks a variety of savory dim sum, which makes for an affordable dumpling feast right at home.

Lutong Bahay

Don’t forget to pull a number at Lutong Bahay, a popular chain of Filipino markets. Like several Asian groceries, this one also has a hot counter with everything from lumpia to adobo.

Mae Ting's Coconut Cakes

Meander through the stalls of any street market in Thailand and you’re likely to find a vendor who sells kanom krok, or coconut cakes. Chinatown’s Mae Ting’s is one of the few places you can find the soft, mildly sweetened cakes in LA. Only open on weekends.

Mikawaya

The originator of mochi ice cream, Little Tokyo’s Mikawaya is the place to go for the traditional Japanese confection wrapped around balls of ice cream that are offered in a wide variety of flavors.

Mitsuru Cafe

Walking past Mitsuru, you’re likely to stop to watch fresh imagawayaki be made through the window. The red bean-filled griddle cakes are a lovely sweet snack, but the shop also hawks savory takoyaki and a variety of friend meats on sticks.

Mitsuwa Marketplace

This massive supermarket is a haven for all things Japanese. The real star of the show is the massive food court that hawks everything from sushi to tempura to almost any Japanese sweet you can imagine.

MJ Cafe Express