Ever since they were first shaped into buns and slapped onto ramen burgers, noodles have slipped further away from their traditional dishes. On Saturday, Jan. 27, the chefs and fans responsible for this trend of inventive noodling will meet again for Foodbeast’s repetitively named Noods Noods Noods festival in Santa Ana.
The second annual edition of this noodle-based event will be held at eSports Arena, where dozens of Southern California restaurants, food trucks, and caterers will expose their new noodle noshes.
Many of the innovative noods and foods to look forward to have already been revealed. Chicken and waffle specialist Bruxie will have fried chicken with kimchi cheese sauce sandwiched between waffle-ized buns of spiced ramen. Belly Bombz Kitchen will blend ramen into a crepe batter to make ramen quesadillas with chicken, cheese, onions, corn and their famous Firecracker Sauce. Norigami Taco will be rolling up jumbo cheesy ramen eggrolls with seafood. And The Pie Hole will stuff yakisoba noodles into a beefy pot pie.
Still hungry for dessert? Try ramen donut hole skewers from Haute Sandwich Hut. This sweet dish consists of ramen rolled into bite-sized donut holes, dipped in white chocolate, and drizzled with strawberry icing.
Noods Noods Noods is sponsored by Cup Noodles, the 46-year-old company that is partly responsible for making instant noodles mainstream. Their noodles will be an ingredient in several offered dishes, such as the Carne Asada Cup Noodles from Cali Tacos, fittingly served in the event sponsor’s iconic cup.
If you’re ready to try everything, you’ll want VIP tickets ($60) to gain access to exclusive dishes and all the food and beverages you can eat and drink in a 3-hour session. For more selective appetites, you can gain entry with a Marketplace ticket ($10) and purchase individual dishes as you go.
The Marketplace section runs from noon to 11pm, and tickets are still available for the evening VIP session from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.