Asian-style noodles provide a tangy counterweight to an industry dominated by condescending angel hairs and loudmouthed cannelloni megaphones. Support noodle diversity with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian noodles, soups, and stir-fries at Chai’s Noodle Bar & Bistro in Durham.
Chai’s prepares a menu that doubles as a who’s who guide to celebrated noodle dishes from Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and China. Fresh basil rolls ($4) pack lettuce, vermicelli, thai basil, and shrimp into rice-paper envelopes that ensure safe and flavorful delivery into a peanut-hoisin sauce and the mouths of intended recipients. Kalbi—Korean-style short ribs—($11.25) are grilled and paired with asian slaw, rice, and a diatribe against diminutive dishes that resort to high heels. Thai rice noodles stir-fried with egg, onions, and peanuts and sautéed in a spicy peanut sauce are better known by their stage name, pad thai ($7.50 for chicken or tofu, $8 for shrimp or beef). Bubble tea ($3.25) and thai iced tea ($2.50) pair well with various noodle or soup dishes and each other.
2916 Erwin Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27705Get Directions