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12 Great Spots to Slurp Noodles in Metro Detroit

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In Asian cuisine, noodles are life (seriously, many believe this staple food represents longevity). Whether it’s Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese or Filipino cuisine, chances are there’s a signature noodle dish. Below find a guide to some of the best specimens metro Detroit has to offer from ramen to udon and hand-pulled Szechuan noodles. Here are 12 spots for slurping in metro Detroit.

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1. Matsu Chan Restaurant

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5990 Sheldon Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 459-1770

Ramen has exploded around the country thanks to noodle superstars such as Momofuku and Ivan Ramen, but this Canton eatery has been doing ramen long before it was a trend. There are several options, including miso, shoyu, curry and hot and spicy; diners love the corn butter and duck soups. If ramen's not in the cards, there are other noodle dishes, including yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) udon and cold noodles.

2. Ajishin

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42270 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 380-9850
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This Novi Japanese restaurant is usually packed and for good reason: the noodle dishes are the real deal. The udon features a fish and seaweed broth, and choices include ohhara (mountain plants), fushimi (tofu) and the most popular option ajishin (shrimp and vegetable tempura, tofu and egg). There's also cold soba noodles; the nishijin boasts egg, tempura, sprouts and burdock.

3. Phò Lucky

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28308 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48034
(947) 282-8535
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Now with several metro Detroit locations (and surprisingly none in Madison Heights), Pho Lucky built a loyal following upon opening in 2012 with its delicious warming bowls of pho. The broth here is savory, well-balanced, and full of flavor.

4. Hop Sheing Noodle House

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4232 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
(313) 382-1688
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With more than 10 noodle options representing Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, this Lincoln Park noodle shop covers all the bases. On the soupy side, fresh ramen noodles come in a miso broth topped with egg, and the wonton meal boasts homemade wontons and fresh egg noodles in chicken broth. Stir-fry styles include spicy choices such as Hong Kong and pad thai, as well as lo mein and yaki udon.

5. Thang Long Thai & Vietnamese

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27641 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 547-6763
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It's no secret that Madison Heights is at epicenter when it comes to pho in metro Detroit. One solid choice (among many) is Thang Long, which not only has pho but also a plethora of noodle soups and dishes. The Hanoi soup with rice noodle, beef, bean sprouts, green onions, and cilantro is a favorite as is the hue soup with vermicelli and spicy beef. There are also several stir-fried noodle platters such as the pad sa lu jumbo noodle with dark soy sauce.

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6. Edamame Sushi

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31632 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 597-4500
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Specializing in “Nu Asian” fare, this Madison Heights restaurant features different Asian cuisines such as Japanese sushi and Thai noodle dishes. What sets it apart though is that it also serves Filipino food such as pancit canton — thick noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables.

7. Noodle Topia

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30120-30140 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 591-4092

This new-ish Madison Heights spot offers authentic hand-pulled noodles made on site. The menu is quite brief, with fiery Szechuan noodles, handmade ramen in beef soup and Beijing noodles. 

8. Trizest Restaurant

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33170 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 268-1450
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This Sterling Heights Szechuan staple has a lengthy menu with classic dishes such as mapo tofu and squirrel fish. But a closer examination of the extensive offerings will reveal noodles aplenty. Served cold, the Yibin flame noodle is full of flavor and texture. And even though the menu is predominantly Chinese, there's also Korean black bean noodles.

9. Johnny Noodle King

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2601 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 309-7946
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How serious is Johnny Noodle King about noodles? So much that it has its own Slurp Song (warning: this song will get stuck in your head). Noodles are well represented, with the menu categorized by broths (both traditional and nontraditional ramen offerings) and sauces (smoked butter noodles, pad si u, and udon).

10. Ima

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2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 502-5959
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There's a dearth of noodle shops in metro Detroit, so when Ima opened its doors late last year, noodle lovers rejoiced. Chef Mike Ransom dishes up delicious Japanese-inspired comfort food, with a menu that highlights local and seasonal ingredients. Vegans love the umami-packed forest udon, with bold flavors coming from smoked trumpets and porcini broth, while meat lovers tuck into the spicy pork udon.

11. Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience

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48935 Hayes Rd
Shelby Charter Township, MI 48315
(586) 247-7773
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Pad thai is the signature dish here, but it's worth stepping away from the standby and going for one of the other noodle dishes such as the pad see ew (thick rice noodles marinated in a sweet sauce and stir fried with egg and broccoli) and the drunken noodles, which are full of basil flavor.

12. Hankuk Oriental Market & Restaurant

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33717 Gratiot Ave
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035
(586) 791-8877

This unassuming, chill Korean restaurant attached to an Asian market serves classic dishes such as bulgogi, bibimbap, and tofu soup. But it’s the chap chae — clear noodles with beef and vegetables — that stands out.

1. Matsu Chan Restaurant

5990 Sheldon Rd, Canton, MI 48187

Ramen has exploded around the country thanks to noodle superstars such as Momofuku and Ivan Ramen, but this Canton eatery has been doing ramen long before it was a trend. There are several options, including miso, shoyu, curry and hot and spicy; diners love the corn butter and duck soups. If ramen's not in the cards, there are other noodle dishes, including yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) udon and cold noodles.

5990 Sheldon Rd
Canton, MI 48187

2. Ajishin

42270 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375

This Novi Japanese restaurant is usually packed and for good reason: the noodle dishes are the real deal. The udon features a fish and seaweed broth, and choices include ohhara (mountain plants), fushimi (tofu) and the most popular option ajishin (shrimp and vegetable tempura, tofu and egg). There's also cold soba noodles; the nishijin boasts egg, tempura, sprouts and burdock.

42270 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48375

3. Phò Lucky

28308 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48034

Now with several metro Detroit locations (and surprisingly none in Madison Heights), Pho Lucky built a loyal following upon opening in 2012 with its delicious warming bowls of pho. The broth here is savory, well-balanced, and full of flavor.

28308 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48034

4. Hop Sheing Noodle House

4232 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 48146

With more than 10 noodle options representing Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, this Lincoln Park noodle shop covers all the bases. On the soupy side, fresh ramen noodles come in a miso broth topped with egg, and the wonton meal boasts homemade wontons and fresh egg noodles in chicken broth. Stir-fry styles include spicy choices such as Hong Kong and pad thai, as well as lo mein and yaki udon.

4232 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

5. Thang Long Thai & Vietnamese

27641 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

It's no secret that Madison Heights is at epicenter when it comes to pho in metro Detroit. One solid choice (among many) is Thang Long, which not only has pho but also a plethora of noodle soups and dishes. The Hanoi soup with rice noodle, beef, bean sprouts, green onions, and cilantro is a favorite as is the hue soup with vermicelli and spicy beef. There are also several stir-fried noodle platters such as the pad sa lu jumbo noodle with dark soy sauce.

27641 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

6. Edamame Sushi

31632 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Specializing in “Nu Asian” fare, this Madison Heights restaurant features different Asian cuisines such as Japanese sushi and Thai noodle dishes. What sets it apart though is that it also serves Filipino food such as pancit canton — thick noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables.

31632 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

7. Noodle Topia

30120-30140 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This new-ish Madison Heights spot offers authentic hand-pulled noodles made on site. The menu is quite brief, with fiery Szechuan noodles, handmade ramen in beef soup and Beijing noodles. 

30120-30140 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

8. Trizest Restaurant

33170 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

This Sterling Heights Szechuan staple has a lengthy menu with classic dishes such as mapo tofu and squirrel fish. But a closer examination of the extensive offerings will reveal noodles aplenty. Served cold, the Yibin flame noodle is full of flavor and texture. And even though the menu is predominantly Chinese, there's also Korean black bean noodles.

33170 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

9. Johnny Noodle King

2601 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48216

How serious is Johnny Noodle King about noodles? So much that it has its own Slurp Song (warning: this song will get stuck in your head). Noodles are well represented, with the menu categorized by broths (both traditional and nontraditional ramen offerings) and sauces (smoked butter noodles, pad si u, and udon).

2601 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48216

10. Ima

2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

There's a dearth of noodle shops in metro Detroit, so when Ima opened its doors late last year, noodle lovers rejoiced. Chef Mike Ransom dishes up delicious Japanese-inspired comfort food, with a menu that highlights local and seasonal ingredients. Vegans love the umami-packed forest udon, with bold flavors coming from smoked trumpets and porcini broth, while meat lovers tuck into the spicy pork udon.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience

48935 Hayes Rd, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48315

Pad thai is the signature dish here, but it's worth stepping away from the standby and going for one of the other noodle dishes such as the pad see ew (thick rice noodles marinated in a sweet sauce and stir fried with egg and broccoli) and the drunken noodles, which are full of basil flavor.

48935 Hayes Rd
Shelby Charter Township, MI 48315

12. Hankuk Oriental Market & Restaurant

33717 Gratiot Ave, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035

This unassuming, chill Korean restaurant attached to an Asian market serves classic dishes such as bulgogi, bibimbap, and tofu soup. But it’s the chap chae — clear noodles with beef and vegetables — that stands out.

33717 Gratiot Ave
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035

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