That said, ramen is over-hyped. I prefer beef pho instead if I eat noodle soups with any frequency. I feel better after eating a bowl of pho than ramen.
Lhaksa - curry-based broth with thicker round noodles. Usually pretty spicy!
Pho Ga - chicken-broth based pho; nice departure from beef pho, and seriously delicious.
Khao Soi - a Thai dish; from what I've had of it, seems like a lighter Thai curry broth with noodles similar to lhaksa. Delicious! Had it my first time the other day.
It is very difficult to find it in Thailand outside of Chiang Mai not to mention outside of Thailand.
The few times I’ve had it outside Chiang Mai it was very different. Too sweet, and crispy noodle was always a round, factory type.
But for sure it’s top 5 noodle dishes for me.
Other notable favourites:
- Taiwanese beef noodle
- Boat noodle with wonton
Guessing you mean https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laksa
It has two main variants based on coconut milk or tamarind. Also more variants, see article linked.
But yeah, the noodles aren't really anything special. I treat them like rice and eat them with other stuff (meat and veggie toppings), dipping it into some sriracha. I don't add sriracha or hoisin sauce to the broth unless it's not good, and I don't bother coming back if I feel that's necessary.
So, if you're not going for the broth, you might as well not bother with pho. Ramen is good, as are a number of other Asian noodle dishes. In fact, if you haven't already, consider trying Korean-style jajangmyeun (black bean paste noodles), which is fantastic as a vegetarian dish, and also good with pork belly if you're fine with that.
Lots of places that do pho and wonton noodle soup (the style where they use ramen/egg noodles AND put the wontons in) will do it for you.