Oodles of noodles

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The story goes, before I could walk I could twirl my noodles. By the time elementary school came, I had eaten at almost every reputable (and a few not-so-reputable) noodle shop in New York’s China Town. In search of the perfect noodle, I even ventured into Queens.

I would guess any poor undergrad has had some form of packaged ramen or greasy lo mein from their local Chinese restaurant. After all, a piping hot bowl of noodles is comfort food, but it’s also an inexpensive way to enjoy a meal.

In Vegas, we have some fantastic noodle makers suitable for high rollers or diners on a budget. All these restaurants have fabulous takes on this traditional comfort food. From drunken noodle to an artistic noodle maker, it’s all here in Vegas.

Wazuzu at Encore Las Vegas

Wazuzu at Encore Las Vegas

Wazuzu

Location: Encore Las Vegas
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Price range for noodles: $15 – $25

Jet Tila, Chef of Wazuzu in Encore Las Vegas, has a few noodle dishes on his menu. While they are all worth trying, one name stands out.

Maybe it’s because we’re in Vegas, but Tila’s Drunken Noodles (or Pad Kee Mow) are a favorite among Wazuzu diners–and with good reason.

It’s the perfect blend of texture and taste that make Chef Jet Tila’s drunken noodles one of my favorites. Broad rice noodles soak up the flavor of a sauce compromised of soy, fish sauce, garlic and Thai basil.

Pin Kaow

Location: 9530 S Eastern Ave.
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Price range for noodles: $10 – $15

Pin Kaow in Henderson is about a four minute drive from Green Valley Ranch Resort and well worth it. There are a variety of Thai curries among other dishes that are excellent. But the chili mint noodles at Pin Kaow have all the elements of a good noodle dish: a little spice, a little vegetable, a little meat or shrimp and, of course, noodles.

Beijing Noodle No. 9

Noodle maker at Beijing Noodle No. 9

Noodle maker at Beijing Noodle No. 9

Location: Caesars Palace
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight.
Price range for noodles: $10 – $20 (for 1 – 2 serving size bowl)

After living in Vegas for more than three years, I’m a little jaded on the entertainment scale. The new Cirque show? I’ve seen it. The NY-NY roller coaster? I’ve gone twice. The white tigers at Mirage? I’ve been there, seen them and even got up close once with nothing but a very protective, thick pane of glass between us. 

But watching noodles being made amuses me and the master noodle makers at Beijing Noodle No. 9 put on a show. You can watch them make fresh hand-stretched noodles daily–and then eat them.

When seated in the all-white restaurant, try the sliced pork and mushroom noodles. There are two sizes (small serves 1 – 2 people and large serves 3 – 5 people.) Quite possibly, you might want to order the big bowl, regardlress how many people you have at your table.  They’re that good.

Sea

Location: Bally’s
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Price range for noodles: $10 – $20

The Thai restaurant in Bally’s has a zen-like atmosphere with dim lighting, natural wood benches and a pond in the middle. Most importantly, they have great noodles. Sea has a few noodle dishes, including a pad Thai that just hits the spot.  

Lemongrass at Aria.

Lemongrass at Aria.

Lemongrass

Location: Aria
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Price range for noodles: $15 – $25

Lemongrass has a savory satay bar, a menu of Asian-inspired cocktails and a delicious sticky rice dessert. Also on par are their noodles and I must say, it happens to be one of the best lunch spots in town.

Monta

Location: 5030 Spring Mountain Rd.
Hours: Open daily, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Price range for noodles: Under $10

If you’re willing to venture just west of the Las Vegas Strip on Spring Mountain Road, there’s a little noodle shop you should try. Monta, a tiny restaurant with about seven or eight tables has one main attraction: noodles. Monta usually makes only a few dishes. Usually it’s a pork bowl (Tonkotsu ramen) and one or two additional ramen-based noodle bowls. One highlight at Monta is their flavorful broth, rich and golden.

Noodle Asia at the Venetian

Noodle Asia at the Venetian

There are a few other items on the menu like gyoza (dumplings), but let’s just say most people dine at Monta for the noodles.

Noodle Asia

Location: The Venetian
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Price range for noodles: $10 – $20

For a quick bowl of noodles, try Noodle Asia. Located off the main casino floor in the Venetian, Noodle Asia offers both noodle soups and wok-tossed noodles. One of my favorite soups is the Pai Goo noodle bowl. This dish features spare ribs, onion, shallots, and ginger for a fresh taste.

*Prices for noodle dishes vary based on ingredients added (shrimp, chicken, beef, etc) and are subject to change.

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