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Foo-Foo Tei Noodle House Monterey Park

Smiling Ed Jun 9, 2006 02:55 PM

I heard about them on chowhound and stopped by yesterday. I must say I had the best bowl of ramen in
years. Seafood in the salted soup. Oyster Clam .Mussel
scallop and shrimp, crab in a great deep flavored broth.Are the side orders and
appetizers worth a try?

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    pinkshch Jun 9, 2006 05:36 PM

    I've never been a fan of the ramen from Foo Foo Tei - the noodles are too starchy, causing the soup to thicken very quickly. However, I do enjoy their appetizers. They have a fried squid leg dish that is great. It comes with a side of wasabi mayo... very delicious together. They also have a large grilled squid, which is also pretty good.

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    1. re: pinkshch
      MPKen Jun 9, 2006 07:13 PM

      We always ask for "firm" noodles as we found them regularly over cooked in the past.

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        pinkshch Jun 9, 2006 07:43 PM

        Perhaps overcooked noodles are the reason behind the "starchy-ness". I'll ask for it firm next time and give Foo Foo Tei another chance!

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      rickmond Jun 9, 2006 05:41 PM

      i had the shio ramen the one time i went - decent but unspectacular broth. everything is just kind of meh but it's ok if you're in the area and can't be bothered to drive, oh a mile or two in some direction. if i remember correctly i think they also have a branch in hacienda heights, which was about as unmemorable as this one.

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      1. re: rickmond
        pinkshch Jun 9, 2006 06:00 PM

        Yes, the Hacienda Heights location is just as blah as the Monterey Park one. If you're in the mood for good ramen, there are lots of other ramen places just 10-15 minutes away.

        Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen
        8450 E. Valley Blvd. #103
        Rosemead, CA 91770
        Phone: (626) 572-8646

        Orochon Ramen
        (213) 617-1766
        123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
        Los Angeles

        (213) 626-1680
        327 E 1st St
        Los Angeles

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        dkawai Jul 13, 2006 06:49 PM

        Foo-foo Tei is on my regular rotation (given I live right up the street). Ramen is decent (parital to the Tonkotsu Nanchatte Ramen) and Tako-Yaki are tasty. The waitresses are very nice (one even gave me a copy of an old Shonen Knife CD!). The downside is they do not serve beer or sake in the MPK location! Nice to have Japanese noodles once in a while. Even Manderine Deli and Dumpling Master get old after a while.

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          Chandavkl Jul 13, 2006 08:13 PM

          I actually much prefer Foo Foo Tei to Shi Sen Gumi Hakata. Maybe all the shouting at the latter distracts from the food, but my choice is clearly Foo Foo Tei.

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          itadakimasu Sep 4, 2006 07:07 PM

          I'm a ramen-lover myself, I know Foo-Foo Tei hacienda is the best place you can go. But MPK location,some how different taste. Ramen,Fish,croquette,takoyaki,Gyusara,gyoza,tonkatsu,were goooooood.

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            AquaW Sep 4, 2006 10:01 PM

            I prefer Foo Foo Tei in Hacienda Heights MUCH over the MPK one. Shinsengumi is just OK (better than MPK Foo Foo Tei, but not the Hacienda one.)

            Oh yea, I love Foo Foo Tei's giant shu mais.

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              mejonlee Nov 22, 2006 06:21 PM

              i'm on the other end of the spectrum... the MPK one is much tastier. i went the the HH one and the service was horrible, the ramen was cold when i got it; had to send it back. i've driven out there several times for a comparison of the two and MPK has been the most consistent performer. either way i like both over shinsengumi.

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