An edible noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor the flavor of forced flexibility with today’s Groupon: for $10 you get $20 worth of Thai fare at Red 88 Noodle Bar in Davis.
Swathed in red décor and open until 3 a.m., Red 88 Noodle Bar forges a unique menu that highlights the humble noodle's role in soups, Asian entrees, and eclectic fusion fare. Owner and executive chef Ketmoree, fondly nicknamed "Mama," prepares the roasted duck noodle dish ($9) by resting sliced duck and chinese broccoli atop egg noodles freshly hatched from a sheet of hen-shaped pasta. Inside the thai boat noodle soup, tender slices of beef float alongside broccoli, bean sprouts, and noodles in a thai-style broth ($8), and thai barbeque pork nestles into a pile of steamed white rice coated in sweet chili sauce ($6.95). Fusion options cross cultures with entrees such as the lamb spaghetti ($9), which confuses customs officials by stir-frying ground lamb, spaghetti, snow peas, and bell peppers together into a globe-trekking gastronomic feat. The eatery also caters to vegan and vegetarian diners by whipping up meat-free options and accommodating substitutions.