Foo-Foo Tei Noodle House Monterey Park
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?
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.
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.
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
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
327 E 1st St
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.
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.