Noodle Hut: Deliciousness at Five Corners | Art & Appetite
Rating: 4.7 out 5.
Where: 8418 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds
On my way home from Portland last week, I found myself reminiscing about my mom's old typewriter. Each character was attached to a separate mechanical rod. Some serious torque was required to strike the page.
If you got going too fast, the keys would jam together at the point of impact and you had to reach in and pull them apart. Errors were not easy to correct.
In high school, we had IBM Selectric typewriters – this represented an advancement in technology. All the characters were on a small metal ball that swiveled before striking the page, and correction tape was eventually built into the typewriter so a special backspace button could magically remove errors.
By the time I arrived at college, we all had computers with very primitive word processing software. We were so proud of our floppy disks, monochrome screens and dot-matrix printers with their two or three tragic fonts.
Today, I just dictate this into my phone. Spelling is automatically corrected, grammar suggestions even pop up. It’s kind of amazing.
It absolutely poured the entire way back from Portland, we encountered bumper-to-bumper traffic nearly the whole way, and by the time we arrived back in Edmonds no one felt like cooking. One of my informants had brought news of a new noodle joint at Five Corners. So we pointed the car in that direction.
To call the Noodle Hut small would be a bit of an understatement, but Noodle Shoebox or Noodle Closet aren't names that really project the proper image, so I see why they went with Hut.
There are a couple of tables in the Noodle Hut if you really insist on eating there, but I'm thinking that the vast majority of their business is takeout. As a lifelong Westerner, my personal bubble is at least three feet, so I placed my order and, before claustrophobia completely overwhelmed me, fled to the car. They actually brought my order out to me, which was awesome. On top of that, it was the most neatly packed takeout order I can recall.
It was what was inside the bag that created an existential crisis for me.
You see, the food at Noodle Hut is so good I'm afraid that if I write about it, it will become so popular I'll never see the inside of the place again.
Nevertheless, word is bound to get out, and I guess I have a responsibility to share my findings, even if I have to wait in line for an hour the next time we go.
I need to confess that by the mid aughts, I was pretty tired of Thai cuisine. It seemed like a wave of Thai restaurants swept over the Pacific Northwest. I got caught up in it, and basically had too much of a good thing.
I had to take a break, but I'm back now and can say with some certainty that whoever was holed up back in that little kitchen knows a thing or two about great Thai food.
We ordered tom yum goong fried rice, pad thai, pot stickers and the pork house noodle soup. The secret to great soup is often the stock, and the stock for this soup was exceptional. Full bodied and rich, it created a wonderful foundation for their delicious meatballs. Pad thai is always the acid test for any Thai restaurant I visit, and I wasn't disappointed. The noodles just melted in my mouth. I ordered mine medium spicy, and they were slightly more than what I would call medium, but delicious nonetheless.
It was bittersweet to see that Soup’s On nearby had closed its doors, but Noodle Hut may just fill a niche that’s been left since 5 Star Pho closed its doors several years ago.
Bottom line? If you like Thai, do yourself a favor and check out Noodle Hut.
James Spangler is the owner of Spangler Book Exchange in Edmonds and an aficionado of all things art and appetite. Do you know of a Snohomish County restaurant, art gallery or theatrical show worthy of a review? Call him at 206-795-0128 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.