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Southeast Asian cuisine is inspiring some of the coolest restaurants in the U.S. Here's where to find street-food-inspired lunch boxes and ultraflavorful noodle soups.
Asian Box, Palo Alto (photo)
Chef Grace Nguyen, formerly of San Francisco’s Slanted Door, opened this takeout spot with street-food-inspired lunch boxes that include coconut-curry tofu or lemongrass pork. asianboxpaloalto.com.
Sai Sai Noodle Bar, Los Angeles
At his casual downtown restaurant, chef Jonathan Shin tops a noodle soup with pickled vegetables, jalapeños and slow- roasted pork belly as a delicious homage to the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. 501 S. Olive St.; 213-624-1100.