Crazy Noodle is Crazy Good

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 11th 2012 5866 0

As a shamless noodle lover (in college, giving up noodles for Lent meant saying goodbye to nine half-opened boxes of various pastas), I'm thrilled that Memphis now has a proper Asian noodle shop.

Crazy Noodle, which opened this week, is located in the old Umai Space on Madison. It's owned by Ji Choi (the sister of the woman who runs the Kwik Check next door) and features an expanded, Korean-inspired menu that goes beyond the Kwik Check's bi-bim-bap.

Soup from Crazy Noodle, Memphis, Tenn.

Crazy Noodle's menu isn't huge, but it's loaded with authentic soups, plated noodles and hot pots. There are even photos of each item for the visual learners.

Crazy Noodle menu, Memphis, Tenn.

My dinner date and I decided to order entirely too much food and split everything. We started with a side of fish-jean ($4), a plate of five crispy-fried fish patties circled around a small bowl of mild chili sauce. Though it's listed as a side item, it's perfectly suited to be an appetizer.

Fish-jean from Crazy Noodle

For dinner, we ordered curry noodles, Jap-Chae and a bowl of noodle soup that I think was called Ja-Jang noodles (sometimes, I get so excited about eating that I forget to write things down).

The curry noodles ($8.99) are thin, Ramen-style noodles that are served cold, plated next to, but not quite under, a spicy brown curry. The idea is that the curry sauce will warm the noodles up. The curry has diced potatoes, bell peppers, onions and chicken.

I really liked the Jap-Chae noodles. They reminded me a little bit of Pad Thai in consistency. The soy-based sauce clings to the rice noodles, which are topped with mushrooms, peppers, onions, sweet potatoes and sesame seeds. The Jap-Chae noodles aren't super spicy, but they've got a lot of flavor.

Curry noodle from Crazy Noodle, Memphis, Tenn.

The best part of the meal was by far the Ja-Jang (I think) noodles ($9). I really wish I had taken better notes. The name's not important. What you need to know about this dish (which is pictured at the top of the post) is that it's a hot pot of happiness.

The bowl comes with thin white noodles, diced bell peppers, tender mushrooms, potatoes, onions and ground beef in a spicy, red broth. The spice isn't outright – I ate a few bites before I realized that the soup has a lingering slow burn aftertaste that's not at all unpleasant.

Inside Crazy Noodle, Memphis, Tenn.

Crazy Noodle's atmosphere is pretty casual. The kitchen is exposed, sushi-bar style, and you can watch the cooks work if you sit in the front room. The main dining room has a wall of colorful graffiti and the bathroom is wallpapered with pages from Asian newspapers.

Crazy Noodle is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday. They take credit cards, and most of the menu items are less than $10.

Go There:

Crazy Noodle

2015 Madison
Memphis, TN 38104

 (901) 272-0928

Crazy Noodle on Urbanspoon

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Sarah says:

    A friend and I went to this resturant with high hopes, but ended up leaving disgruntled and still hungry. We waited for an hour without receiving our food– when we asked how much longer it might be, the waiter told us we were two spots away from the cooks beginning to cook our dishes Sadly, I can only rate this restaurant on the service and not the food. Although the staff was extremely friendly, I think they need a more efficient cooking staff and/or warn people of the wait beforehand. Not sure I will be going back anytime soon.

  2. Donnie Davidson says:

    Hey thank you very much for the write up. We're still Ironing things out, and whiping the wait staff into shape. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself while there.. Noodles for Everyone!!

  3. Donnie Davidson says:

    On the hours fri-sat we're staying open till 11:00pm

  4. Patrick says:

    Every new restaurant is a little slow at first.  I've been eagerly awaiting the opening.  Can't wait to try it!

  5. Danny says:

    Fast, friendly service!  Awesome atmosphere!  Bike friendly too!

  6. Arthur says:

    We went tonight and we’re told it’s was at least an hour and a half wait for food. It being a school night we could not eat there. I was disappointed because I had been looking forward to noodles all day.

  7. Don says:

    I understand that that they have been very busy there and on opening day they were swamped.  Will be going there for my CRAZY NOODLES!

  8. Donnie Davidson says:

    Like I said. We're still Ironing things out.It is a soft opening.Much Love,and apologies to anyone that Had to wait..

  9. Scott Banbury says:

    I'm so glad that all that wood (and time) I put into Umai didn't get trashed. Thanks guys! 

  10. Donnie Davidson says:

    @Scott  you bet! thank you for building it!

  11. Beth Newby says:

    We went on opening day and it was great!  All new restaurants have kinks to work out.  My only suggestion would be to use vinyl tablecloths or change out tablecloths.  Noodles are pretty messy and I don't want to see someone else's goop on my table πŸ™‚   I am sure they will get it together.  Great concept and food!   Support local restaurants!

  12. BJMS says:

    I have been anticipating the opening of Crazy Noodle for a long time and was extremely hungry when I placed my to go order.  Great food and atmosphere.   Perfect for Midtown. The Beef Noodles were amazing.  I had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes on a to go order though.  I understand that the kitchen is small and appreciate the careful process I saw going into each dish.  Suggestion:  Provide to go menus and alert the customer of approximate wait time.  I will be returning to try each noodle dish of interest to me.  I will be calling in my order way in advance next time.  I agree support local restaurants.  

  13. Donnie Davidson says:

    vinyl tablecloths it is hehe

  14. Tom Cooks says:

    Vinyl tablecloths just stopped me wanting to go there.

  15. Donnie Davidson says:

    @Tom it'snot set in stone yet..   πŸ˜‰

  16. Donnie Davidson says:

    The phone Number at the Crazy Noodle is 901.272.0928  

  17. Stephanie says:

    We went to the Crazy Noodle with high hopes as well and left saying we'd never go back. We sat for 10 minutes before anyone came over at all. My bad feeling at that point was all too right. We waited 45 minutes before receiving our appetizer, and by an hour and fifteen with no food in sight, we asked for our meal to go. We also had our toddler with us which was a huge mistake. Folks get big points (and tips) for realizing that little ones need their food (our appetizer) sooner than later, but our waiter was so oblivious it was unreal. I almost got up when he came over after 30 minutes to re-ask what we ordered. πŸ™

  18. Donnie Davidson says:

    @Stephanie I remember you 3.By the time I had gotten there,you 3 were probably almost through the duration of your trip to the noodle. Wish it could havebeen better.Ifyou and you man find youselve's with a babysitter one night. PM me on Urbanspoon for a dinner for two on us..Or bring the baby.We love some kids….love ya's,

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