Spaghetti, Pad Thai & Ramen: Noodle Dishes in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | August 8, 2014

If there’s one food item I could never give up, it’s noodles. Hot or cold, spicy or savory, noodle dishes are some of my favorites. Pasta is so versatile, because you can turn noodles into anything from macaroni and cheese to soup to stir-fry.

Noodle dishes aren’t just limited to Italian food, either. They’re in plenty of Thai dishes, they find their way into cold salads and they can be dressed up or down in pretty much any form. The next time you’re craving some noodles, head to one of the following restaurants in Southeast Michigan to get your fix of the following dishes:

Pho bowl

Pho Lucky, with locations in Redford and Novi, serves several variations of the Vietnamese comfort noodle dish. Your choices include Pho Tai (noodles with broth and round steak), Pho Chin (noodles with broth and beef), Pho Bo Vien (noodles with broth and meatballs) and several others.

The dish is traditionally consumed for breakfast and includes Asian basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, lime, hoisin sauce and Sriracha, in addition to the above ingredients. This noodle-based dish is available in regular and extra large servings.

Traditional spaghetti

Compari’s, 350 S. Main St., Plymouth, is a wonderful Italian restaurant with great pasta dishes. When one thinks “noodles,” it’s probable that one of the first items to come to mind is spaghetti, so I thought it only appropriate to include a spaghetti dish.

The spaghetti here is served with your choice of marinara or meat sauce, and you really can’t go wrong when picking between the two. All pasta entrees are served with a family-style salad, or you can order a cup of Chicken Pastina soup, which yes, contains more noodles.

Ramen noodles

The Slurping Turtle, 608 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, is a restaurant that specializes in ramen, but a gourmet variety that is a far cry from the 25-cent Top Ramen we all lived off of during our college days. There are numerous noodle dishes on the menu, including Red Miso Ramen (with braised short rib, bok choy, scallions, sweet corn and naruto), Tonkotsu (with pork chashu, bok choy, pickled mustard greens and braised mushrooms) and Hiyashi Chu-Ka (a chilled ramen noodle dish with broccolini, asparagus, squash and citrus-soy dressing).

Each dish can be ordered with additional toppings, including a poached egg, grilled chicken, grated garlic, bean sprouts, and extra noodles. Extra noodles? Yes, please!

Udon and soba noodles

Ajishin, 42270 Grand River Ave., Novi, has both hot udon noodles and cold soba noodles on its menu. Udon noodle dishes consist of a broth with seaweed, green onion and imitation crabmeat, in addition to whatever extras come with each specific dish. Hanami (with scrambled egg) and Maiko (with deep fried shrimp and veggies) are two udon dishes you will gobble up in no time.

Soba noodles are buckwheat noodles served cold in a broth garnished with green onion, seaweed and wasabi. Try a soba dish like Arashi (with grated yam), Kitashirakawa (with radish) or Nishijin (with egg, shrimp and vegetable tempura, topped with sprouts).

Thai noodles

Go! Sy Thai, 4240 Cass Ave., Detroit, claims to make “Metro Detroit’s number one Thai food,” and the noodles are a testament to that statement. Noodle dishes include favorites like Pad Thai (rice noodles with bean sprouts, green onion, egg and tamarind sauce), Curry Noodle (rice noodles with bean sprouts, green onion, egg and red coconut curry sauce), Drunken Noodle (wide rice noodles with bean sprouts, bell pepper, green onion, egg and Thai brandy) and Egg Noodle (egg noodles with carrot, baby corn, egg, onion, peapods and garlic soya sauce).

The above noodle dishes can be prepared with chicken (halal chicken also available), beef, tofu, veggies or shrimp. But really, who cares about protein? These dishes are all about the noodles.

When dinnertime rolls around this evening, use your noodle. Take a night off from cooking and head out for a noodle dish in Metro Detroit.