The caveat here is that it seems to be a knock-off of the original ramen shop of the same name in Hacienda Heights. It's not bad. Which isn't to mean I'm singing high praises, but it could be a lot worse, ya know?
Foo Foo Tei is located on the far right of the same strip mall as Elite Restaurant. Even though there are designated parking spaces, you'll still have to deal with a crowded parking lot on weekends.
On my first visit, I ordered their most popular ramen, the nanchatte tonkotsu ramen with white cream soup for $7.80. While some Japanese ramen shops boast of cooking pork bones for so long that the broth naturally turns white, this version merely adds cream to get a milky effect. After eating about half of the bowl, this got a little too heavy.
I can't remember which ramen this was (possibly the pork and miso ramen?), but there was just way too much going on.
We also ordered gyozas for $4.80. They were good, but unremarkable.
A few months later, I dragged a skeptical cousin Q with me. He ordered a lunch combo of the nanchatte tonkotsu ramen with Ramune soda and croquettes. While he thought the pork was tender, the broth also tasted way too heavy half-way through the meal.
I ordered an iced green tea and the shio (Japanese salt) ramen for $6.30. The broth was incredibly bland and really tasted like Chinese ramen, not a proper shio broth.
Cousin Q said Foo Foo Tei was slightly better than he expected, but then he expected it to be awful so that's not saying much. If you're a ramen purist though, I'd avoid it. Shaved Ice Sundays recently posted about their original location in Hacienda Heights.
August 31, 2009 Update: Not sure if it's just a name change or closure, but Foo Foo Tei's location is now Nan Cha Tei.
May 25, 2010 Update: This restaurant is now closed.
My other ramen posts:
Aji Man Japanese Restaurant - San Gabriel
Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl - Monterey Park
Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl - Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)
Santouka - Costa Mesa
Santouka - Los Angeles (Mar Vista)
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen - Gardena
Shin-sen-gumi Hakata Ramen - Rosemead
Who else ate at Foo Foo Tei Noodle House?
Henry Chan of Henry Chan's Food Videos gave Foo Foo Tei 3 stars.
Foo Foo Tei Noodle House
750 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1 year ago today, Belacan Grill - Redondo Beach.