Last week, hubby and I moseyed downtown to Thai Noodle Express. Located in what is supposed to be Fresno's Chinatown, it is a modest cinderblock building located between a barbershop and a Latino grocery store. Inside you will find a small eating space with about 8 booths and a small buffet steam table. During the week, the place does a "business" buffet with about 6 entree choices for $6.99. Otherwise you can order off the smallish menu.
Hubby and I came after the business buffet, but being wary of any buffets not found in Vegas, we were not disappointed. We ordered Pad Thai and Basil Chicken to go. The very nice woman who took our orders also cooked them. We could hear her in the back with the woks.
Once at home we opened both clamshells and began to partake. The Pad Thai was okay but nothing special. Okay, probably our fault for ordering such a gringo dish, but honestly they are only gringo dishes on the menu. The noodles were fine, but there was hardly any flavor to the sauce at all. We ended up trying to salvage it with some more fish sauce, Sriracha, and soy. Next was the Basil Chicken, but this dish hardly had any of the signature herb in it. There were a few lonely strands, but the dish lacked the overall punch of basil. There seemed to be no attempt at a balance of Thai flavors, you could detect no kaffir lime or fish sauce or anything to make it taste very Thai. The chicken was covered in a brown sauce that tasted more Chinese than Thai.
Overall, not anything for hounds to go out of their way for. I would recommend Thai Royal Orchid as the best I've had so far.
Thai Noodle Express
943 E Street
Fresno, CA 93706
P.S. Still have to try Sweet Ginger, Star of Siam, Thai Fusion in Clovis, and a few more I have written down somewhere.