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Orlando's Little Saigon district has long drawn adventurous eaters to its authentic Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai restaurants. But Hawkers Asian Street Fare, which opened in 2011 on the edge of downtown's Asian zone, wins for both authenticity and atmosphere. Co-owned by Malaysian and Cantonese families ("and one white guy," as the waitstaff likes to tell you), the restaurant has an industrial feel. There's corrugated iron on the walls, along with black-and-white photos of Kuala Lumpur food hawkers; tabletops are covered with Chinese newspapers under a shiny coat of resin. The large menu incorporates Vietnamese, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, and Thai flavors with a spread of small, shareable plates that are actually quite ample, and best of all, overwhelmingly affordable. Pass on standard items like lettuce wraps and pad thai in favor of more interesting fare such as the Korean bulgogi beef sliders wedged in a crunchy baguette, and Malaysian-style prawn mee, a spicy soup laden with boiled eggs, jumbo shrimp, and egg noodles. There are a few outdoor tables under umbrellas on an enclosed patio, if you don't mind the din of passing traffic with your dinner.—Terry Ward
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays noon to 10 pm.
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