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Umami Rising

All over Boston—and across the country—Asian food is what’s hot. Soba noodles and pork-belly buns are showing up in unexpected places: celebrated kitchens, hip watering holes, even your neighborhood supermarket. You’ll be licking your chopsticks as we present the definitive list of the city’s very best Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Cambodian restaurants. We’ve consulted dumpling masters, broken down ramen and dim sum, and even mapped the Chinatown dining maze. Get ready to improve your fortunes.

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Restaurants

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Have $5?

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Fashion & Style