Asian Plus Noodle doesn’t deserve an A+


Hannah Thomas

Drunken noodles and Tom Yom being served.

Hannah Thomas, Business Editor

I had the opportunity to eat at Asian Plus Noodles and Rice on Littleton Road in Westford. It is a small and clean restaurant with a cozy feeling. There were few pictures hung on the wall. The place has large open space with the employees working. The employee had a smile and greeted us nicely. We bought three dishes and the price came out to be $19.90, and with tax, the price was totalled to $21.43.

When we entered, an employee quickly sat us down at a small table and brought us a glass of iced water as well as the menu that consisted of  a variety of food from soups and noodles, to fried rice. There were options of either chicken, shrimp, or tofu. After they took the order, we had to wait about half-an-hour until the food came out. They serve each dish as soon as it is ready, unlike other restaurants in which every dish comes out together.

They served many drinks, both American and Asian. One negative point is that their drinks are more expensive than the typical average price of a drink. For instance, the restaurant serves a small cup of American coffee for the price of $1.59. A cup of coffee and a cup of sparkling water are the same price, which typically aren’t the same price.

One of the dishes I ordered was Drunken Noodles. Drunken noodles are flat noodles and vegetables with the option of chicken, shrimp, or tofu. The noodles were chewy and had a spicy flavor to them. There were only onions, peppers, and broccoli florets next to the noodles. I was somewhat disappointed since I expected there to be more vegetables in the dish. The tofu was fried and golden outside but soft inside which was decent. This is a relatively simple dish because it only had noodles and the bare minimum.

The second dish was Tom Yum Soup. It had noodles, vegetables, and chicken pieces soaked in broth. The noodles were spaghetti-like and translucent. The broth was made with chicken stock and seasoned with spices. There were carrots, scallions, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, and bean sprouts. They were cooked perfectly, which was a nice addition to the soup. The chicken strips were slightly overcooked. Overall, the dish was delicious with the broth and vegetables.

I give this restaurant 4 out of 5 stars. The price, $21.43, was reasonable for the two dishes and a drink. I would go again, but I would try some of the other foods offered. The spice level was low and the spice blends and flavoring was pronounced in the food. But, they do have many of the basic dishes served in many other Asian restaurants. I recommend this restaurant for those who like simple dishes and have the time to wait for the food to be ready.