Dear Food Diary:
We stumbled upon Noodies Thai Kitchen on a rainy day while I was feeling under the weather. Seeking comfort from bowl of soup noodle, I wanted something simple and lighter than ramen. As we wondered around Hell’s Kitchen, I looked across the street and saw their cute sign. Tiny little place, with a lot of character and great prices. Most importantly, that bowl of chicken noodle soup hit the spot, like a warm hug from my mama.
What they lacked in space, they’ve made up for in details. I love the wall of bowls. The prints were like art pieces, very clever. Warm and cozy. Friendly service. Not many tables around, so it’s better to come with smaller groups.
Lunch Special 12:00-3pm
salad + a choice of appetizer + main course
Chicken Noodle Soup thin rice noodles, stewed chicken, braised daikon, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms and goji berries.
This was more Chinese than Thai to me. Very simple, similar to what my mom would make at home. She always puts goji berries in her soups, adds a bit sweetness in the background. Though the soup also had a bit of that Vietnamese Pho flavor, with hints of anise. The mushroom and daikon soaked up all the broth. Classic flavor combos. The chicken was a bit dry, but it all arrived pipping hot, which is the way soup should be (I can’t stand luke warm soup). The steam cleared my sinuses and that warmth went straight down to my tummy. Ahhhhh.
Tom Yum Noodle Soup broad noodles, shredded chicken, ground shrimp, shrimp tempura, string beans, mushrooms, chili jam and lemongrass broth.
I’m usually not a huge fan of Tom Yum soup, maybe because I’ve been to the wrong places. This one is fantastic! Loaded with ingredients, the flavors are prominent, bright and spicy without going over the top. The sour part was very balanced. Not too heavy. I’ll definitely want to stop by for this again.
Overall, this is a great little place for a solid bowl of soup noodle in Hells’s Kitchen. Prices are really reasonable. I would have to go back and try their basil fried rice and pad thai.
Now that winter is coming, this will be my go to soup noodle spot when Chinatown and my mom are too far away.
830 9th Avenue