Noodle Alley Thai my comfort food
So, a lot has been happening around here and I’ve been utterly unmotivated to write. If you know me at all, you’ll be astounded to hear I’m still consistently exercising at least 2-3 times a week, I’ve played as a substitute on a local co-ed softball team, played 3 soccer games over the last month and have been biking as often as possible. Soon after I started working out at Planet Fitness in January, I was lucky enough to run into a gentleman who works at Noodle Alley, my favorite Thai restaurant in the area, and had the opportunity to introduce myself. Unfortunately, we’ve had a terrible time connecting by email, so I haven’t been able to interview him yet or get connected with anyone else at the restaurant.
I won’t give up on learning more about the restaurant, but in the meantime, I’d like to tell you what I do know. I love Noodle Alley. I was first introduced to this secret Mishawaka treasure in the Town & Country shopping center while attending Bethel College. Like most, I first fell in love with the delicious sweet, tangy and spicy pad Thai and kept coming back for more. Before long, Noodle Alley became my comfort food. If I needed an emotional boost, Noodle Alley’s pad Thai was just what I needed. I’d get a tall glass of Thai iced tea to go with it and ride that sugar high late into the night to finish research papers and the like.
After I’d met the limits of that first obsession with pad Thai, I began to try other dishes on the menu and always left with a happy stomach and enough left over for a second meal. For a time I would order Chicken Rama over and over and over again. This dish features chicken covered in tons of peanut sauce on a bed of cabbage, all surrounded by colorful vegetables and a ball of rice. The egg drop soup is amazing too. Not yellow and oily like you might have experienced before, but a light clear broth with fresh herbs, mushrooms, carrots, chicken and eggs. So delicious! Dan loves the coconut chicken soup and pretty much all the curry dishes on the menu.
Right now, I keep pressing replay on the pad Thai spicy noodles dish. It features those wonderful thin rice noodles covered in a spicy tomato sauce. I’ve been on an all-veggie kick lately, so I order it with extra veggies and ask for egg as well. So good. I always ask for medium spicy on everything I eat at Noodle Alley. About half way through my meal, my mouth is a pleasant spice oven of bright flavors. As I’ve told you before, I don’t like spicy food just for the sake of seeing how hot I can go, I prefer beautiful flavor blends with a spicy kick. Noodle Alley is good at creating that compelling flavor with just the right punch of hot.
Noodle Alley is a good place to sit down and eat or call for take out on a busy night when you don’t have time to cook. I still consider it comfort food and am looking forward to learning about the family who owns it and their cultural heritage. Once I do, I’ll share it with you. For now, I hope you give Noodle Alley a try and let me know what you think.
2370 Miracle Lane
Closed on Mondays