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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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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