I had a chance to recently stop by the new Zanyu Asian Noodles restaurant in Raleigh’s Lafayette Village shopping center. The fast-casual noodle shop is still in its soft opening phase with a limited menu offering. Here’s a bit of a preview:
The agedashi tofu ($4)made with bonito flake and grated ginger is an excellent appetizer. Lightly, crisped cubes of silky tofu bathed in a salty mixture pool of soy sauce, dashi and mirin and proves that sometimes it’s the most simplest of things that can bring the most joy.
The warm bowl of wanton noodle soup ($12) made with homemade chicken broth isn’t a bad choice on a blustery, rainy night either. Though the char siu BBQ pork errs on the dry side, it comes with a modest amount of bok choy, dumplings and a mound of thin egg noodles in a warm chicken broth.
The pork belly confit miso ramen ($13.50) is much more of a richer choice with more of a depth of flavor than the wanton noodle soup. The miso dashi broth is more of a type that can make you smack your lips together after a few slurps. The caramelized pork belly is supple and fatty and the soft-boiled ajitsuke egg is gooey. The noodles exhibit a nice toothy bounce in between bites of soft inari tofu and a fan of nori.
Zanyu Asian Noodles in its infancy and if you’re seeking a hip ambiance, its modest interior, which was once JoCa’s Gourmet Dawgs N’ Shakes, may not fit the bill. Though if you’re quick looking for a hot (or cold) bowl of noodles, this noodle spot is eager to please and welcome you in.
ZANYU ASIAN NOODLES | 8450 Honeycutt Road Raleigh, NC 27615 | 919.803.1340