Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

Shoyu Ramen Noodles

I heard the cries for months:  “We want real ramen noodles in Grand Rapids”.  Then, a place opened up downtown and the cries changed” “It isn’t authentic enough”.  So, enter Noodle Monkey.

Noodle Monkey is the concept of Yang Hang, owner of Rak Thai and Rak in the downtown market.  With the recent heavy saturation of Thai restaurants in town and the seemingly strong calls for authentic ramen noodles, Hang converted his Rak Thai on 5260 Northland Drive in Grand Rapids into Noodle Monkey.

Chicken Pad Thai at Noodle Monkey

Chicken Pad Thai at Noodle Monkey

Noodle Monkey is now a restaurant that turns out some classic house made Japanese ramen noodle dishes including  fatty tonkotsu, shoyu ramen, and spicy miso.  Hang is also understanding of the fact that people loved his Pad Thai and peanut noodles from the old restaurant, so he has left those on the menu as well.  Another popular Asian soup over the past year, Vietnamese Pho, has also been added to the lineup of Asian noodle soups at Noodle Monkey.

Tofu Bites at Noodle Monkey

Tofu Bites at Noodle Monkey

Noodle Monkey has only been open for a month, and those who are familiar with these more authentic offerings have been very complimentary about the noodles, but the general populatioin has been a little slow to find it.  Yang feels that the pork belly and 7 minute eggs might be a little intimidating for newcomers to the genre, but for those of us who have had ramen in larger US cities think that we have found heaven on earth.  Also, the addition of a hot noodle soup restaurant just in front of winter could not have come at a better time of year for those of us looking for an alternative to the more traditional soup offerings found in many local restaurants.

Noodle Monkey is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience something that most big cities already have, and hopefully you will add this to your bucket list of new food experiences to try in Grand Rapids.

We will be giving away one free bowl of ramen soup to the lucky winner of our rafflecopter Noodle Monkey ramen soup giveaway.  Enter to win.

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17 comments

  1. Stephanie Sischo, October 25, 2015 7:58 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    I went with a friend during the soft open…. The ramen was amazing! I am planning a lunch with another friend soon.

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  2. Angela Mihi, October 25, 2015 8:46 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    It’s a bit far away for me, but I’m itching to go back soon!

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  3. Monica Jean, October 25, 2015 9:19 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Haven’t been yet! It’s a bit “out of the way” but hope to make a specific trip soon!

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  4. Antonella Gaglio-Martin, October 25, 2015 9:46 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Sounds delicious and something new and refreshing to try in this area!

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  5. Sarah Ferguson, October 25, 2015 9:46 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Can’t wait to try it out!

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  6. Nita Leosh, October 25, 2015 10:00 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Looking forward to trying this restaurant again.

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  7. Katie Weller, October 25, 2015 11:37 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Tried the pork belly and egg at the EatGR meetup and loved it! Don’t be afraid. 🙂

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  8. Stormy Steigenga, October 25, 2015 11:49 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    We tried the Pho and pork belly versions need to try the others! Soft boiled eggs are delicious!

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  9. Kristen Gearhart, October 25, 2015 12:06 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    I think it’s evil that you posted this on a day they’re closed!!! I was crafting a pitch to my husband to go here today. 😉 Seriously though, I love this place! I can’t wait to go back to try the tofu bites and more of the delicious ramen, of course!

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  10. melle eldridge, October 25, 2015 12:33 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    I’ve never had ramen that didn’t come out of a cellophane package with a packet of flavor powder.

    I would LOVE to try the real thing. 🙂 my food-adventurous kiddo is on board also!

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  11. Diane George, October 25, 2015 1:20 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Noodle Monkey is awesome! Need to get back soon!

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  12. Andréa Grengs, October 25, 2015 1:24 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Yum this looks delicious!

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  13. Theona Jansen Cooke, October 25, 2015 2:58 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Sounds great! I’d love to try it.

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  14. Sue Castor, October 25, 2015 5:21 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    I love authentic ethnic foods but have never had authentic ramen so I’d love to try it.

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  15. Brianne Frucci Tucker, October 25, 2015 6:14 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    We’re in soup season, so some ramen would be great.

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  16. Dee Fedor, October 25, 2015 10:37 pm - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Looks good, and it is near me!
    would love to try this

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  17. Mark Fluegel, December 9, 2015 8:50 am - Have You Been…..(Noodle Monkey edition)

    Hosting an exchange student from Thailand. Rak Thai was closed when we first took her out looking for Thai food. Tried several places throughout town without making her happy. Had only found one place in Muskegon but they only do Thai on Tuesdays. Got her Pad Thai from here and she was thrilled. Posted on Facebook
    This my first very GOOD Pud-thai in America. I love it !! Thank you dad ><" .
    We will be back at least once a week.

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