If you follow me for any short period on Instagram, you might already know that I’m obsessed with noodles. I could really slurp them up every day, and if I go for more than three days without eating any noodles, then I become a cranky and irrational noodle addict going through withdrawal. So I thought I’d share some of my noodle obsession with you and list where I’ve enjoyed going for my noodle fixes around the Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) area. I listed them alphabetically!
12 Restaurants to Slurp Delicious Noodles in the Research Triangle Area
1. Bida Manda
222 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Next door to and the sister restaurant of my favorite restaurant, Bida Manda specializes in Laotian fare. I am in love with the crispy pork belly noodle soup at Bida Manda. I went here twice (I would go more often if it was closer to me!) and couldn’t bring myself to stray from the crispy pork belly noodle soup. Luckily for me, my friend let me taste their Pad Thai. Yum! Their crispy rice wraps are also a fun appetizer!
415 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
Dashi is a beloved ramen shop in Durham. I want to work myself through their non-ramen menu items because though their ramen is good, it’s not necessarily my favorite. They do have an expansive menu for ramen so I may just have been hitting the wrong bowls! Of the ones I’ve tried, I recommend their tonkatsu. Eventually, I want to do a green tea dessert tour of the area and hear Dashi has a green tea pound cake!
1961 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27519
My mom is so happy to hear that there is an H-Mart in my new state! She often shops at H-Mart in Houston and funnily enough, H-Mart just expanded to Austin, my last home, last week! My Austin friends have reported lines around the block with this new expansion. I have a soft spot for Asian supermarkets with food courts and H-Mart has a solid food court. Pictured above is a Duck Noodle Soup. I keep dreaming about this bowl. I must make my own dream come true soon.
1201 Raleigh Rd L, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Jujube is a cozy little Asian inspired restaurant. Pictured above is their popular dinner dish, Bolognese (hoisin braised shredded pork, scallions, wide rice noodles). The flavors were very rich and they may ask if you’d like some rice to go with your noodles. I declined, but I think you should go for it! Delicious flavors but a tad salty. Mixing in some of the rice would have made it just right.
5. M Kokko
311 Holland St b, Durham, NC 27701
Expect a line when you visit M Kokko, but if you are patient you’ll be rewarded. Their ramen has been my favorite in the area so far! The broth is rich where Dashi’s feel like it could be richer. The pork chashu is so tender and perfect. Oh, and there’s a vegan noodle soup that inspires food envy. They also have an amazing fried chicken sandwich worth checking out!
5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707
Namu has possibly the best garden courtyard in Durham. You can come here for both specialty coffee drinks (I like their Matcha Lattes!) and Korean fare. Pictured is the japchae (Korean glass noodles stirfry) with spicy pork.
7. Noodle Boulevard
919 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
I left my thighs in the photo above so you can get a sense of how huge the bowls at Noodle Blvd are! Though M Kkoko has my favorite ramen, Noodle Blvd may be my favorite ramen establishment due to lack of line and having a bigger ramen selection than M Kkoko. I’m especially fond of their Chicken Curry Ramen. I get it spicy!
8. Pho Vietnam
Website defunct at time of writing
I always get the same thing when I order pho, so I judge my pho restaurants by the Pho Chin (beef brisket pho.) Of the five pho restaurants I’ve tried, Pho Vietnam is my favorite so far! It came down to how tender their beef brisket is here compared to other popular places.
9. Rasa Malaysia
I like that there’s a Malaysian restaurant in Chapel Hill, my new hometown. Rasa Malaysia gave me my first experience of the traditional Malaysian dish, Roti Canai (not a noodle dish). My favorite noodle offering from Rasa Malaysia is Penang Char Kay Teow (pictured above). The noodles have an amazing texture and smoky flavor. They also have noodle soups and other noodle stir-frys, including Drunken Noodles and Pad Thai.
10. Red Pepper
This hole-in-the-wall establishment owned by an adorable older Asian couple is just down the street from me. Sugarface and I come here fairly often. I’m quite fond of their Beef He Fen.
11. Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings, and Sweets
121 N Gregson St, Durham, NC 27701
They change their menu often but you can always find hand-pulled noodles and ramen here! I also hear they serve pho on their breakfast menu and can’t wait to scope it out! I’m so impressed by this spot for getting Asian flavors down pact. They also have an extensive bakeshop that I need to further investigate. They blew me away with their mochi pound cake!
110 N Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Swasadee is one of my weekday lunch date spots I have with Sugarface. It’s close to the UNC campus and I LOVE their Drunken Noodles. Their wide noodles have a soft but not overcooked texture. I get it with tofu!
That concludes my list thus far. Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know! Here is my current list of restaurants that I haven’t yet checked out but can’t wait to try.
Mekong Vietnamese Cuisine //2121 TW Alexander Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560
Tonbo Ramen // 211 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Zanyu Asian Noodles // Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Unit 112, Raleigh, NC
Taste Vietnamese // 152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560
Szechuan Heat // 1216 Parkside Main St, Cary, NC 27519
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