Foo Foo Tei Noodle House
After getting off the 60 Freeway from the 7th St. exit and driving past the industrial workshops lining the street, a full menu ramen shop is one of the last places you'd expect to find. On the recommendation of a new Ninja we checked out Foo Foo Tei to try out their ramen and bring you a review.
Expect to put your name on a waiting list because the place is usually packed. Luckily you have a plethora of comics and books to read, and if you're a high roller you can always purchase some quality vending merchandise.
The crowd draws both on the local workers and people coming in from the city for a good bowl of ramen.
With an open kitchen you can watch your meal being prepared which always brings more comfort to it.
What sets Foo Foo Tei apart from other ramen shops we've reviewed is the extremely diversified menu they offer. From traditional offerings such as miso or shio ramen, to cream based broths and kimchi, you'll definitely enjoy coming back to try everything they have.
We decided to first go with the standard Miso ramen. Miso ramen is a good indicator of the ramen shop, both because of the overall construction and flavor, and also merely from the quality of miso used. The bowl came out hot and fresh, and had a slightly spicy kick to it. Ignoring the rather sloppy presentation, the food itself was very good. The chasu was a little dry on the inside, but the edge of it was moist and delicious. The noodles, which were hidden under an excessive amount of sprouts, were store bought but fit well with the dish. Overall I'd give it 7 Ninja stars out of 10.
Number 17, the local favorite. A cream based ramen broth holds noodles, slices of green onion and chasu; very simple and full of flavor. The noodles soaked up the flavor of the broth in a way which I haven't experienced before. The cream base allowed the noodles to become enriched with flavor, and the chasu was well marinated in it as well. Tonkotsu is perhaps the closest flavor similar to this bowl of ramen, except for the 'cream of corn' aftertaste that lingers after every bite of noodles and sip of broth. I would definitely recommend you Ninjas give this bowl a try, 8.5 Ninja stars out of 10.
With a solid selection of various ramens, the 'out of the way I'm cool because I know this place' feel, and the quality to make you want to come back, I recommend any Ninja in the area to give Foo Foo Tei a try.
15018 Clark Ave Hacienda Heights, 91745