Cheap Eats: Chinatown

Discover more great deals in one of the city's most flavorful corners.

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The tiniest of takeout joints, New Saigon Sandwich does one thing, and does it well. The cold-cut sub, piled high with veggies on a chewy fresh baguette, is a steal at $3. 696 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6296.

[sidebar]Xinh Xinh and Pho Pasteur both deliver solid versions of Vietnamese pho and bún (rice vermicelli plates). When they’re crowded, be prepared to share your table with strangers. 7 Beach St., Boston, 617-422-0501; 682 Washington St., Boston, 617-482-7467, phopasteurboston.net.

Lobsters are always a good meal — and a good deal — at East Ocean City. Fried squid with spicy salt is a favorite, too. 25-29 Beach St., Boston, 617-542-2504, eastoceancity.com.

Mei Sum bakery sells plenty of Chinese and Vietnamese-style pastries and breads, but its secret specialty is banh mi sandwiches. 36 Beach St., Boston, 617-357-4050.

It’s tempting to just order dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House, but don’t miss the Szechwan-style dishes, salt-and-pepper-fried entrees and sautéed veggies. 52 Beach St., Boston, 617-338-6223, gourmetdumpling.com.

Japanese and Korean fare mingle at Suishaya. Don’t bother with the maki; home in on Korean specialties like the bulgogi and sizzling bimimbap instead. 2 Tyler St., Boston, 617-423-3848.

Peach Farm does Cantonese right. It’s also open till the wee hours, ready to satisfy those 1 a.m. cravings for a hot pot, sweet-and-sour chicken, or spicy pork ribs. 4 Tyler St., Boston, 617-482-1116.

Winsor Dim Sum offers the dim sum experience, minus the roving carts of lukewarm dumplings and pork buns. Here, everything’s super-fresh and made to order. 10 Tyler St., Boston, 617-338-1688, winsordimsumcafe.com.

Depending on who you ask, Boston’s best shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) is served at Shabu-Zen or Kaze. 16 Tyler St., Boston, 617-292-8828, shabuzen.com; 1 Harrison Avenue, Boston, 617-338-8283, kazeshabushabu.com.

Take a cue from the full tanks of lobster and fish at Cantonese restaurant Jade Garden, and order anything that involves seafood. 18-20 Tyler St., Boston, 617-423-3288.

New Shanghai caters to diners with a taste for fiery fare. Start with dan dan noodles, and you’ll be sweating before your even-spicier entrees have arrived. 21 Hudson St., Boston, 617-338-6688, newshanghairestaurant.com.

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