Taking over the former Malaysian restaurant Yazmin in Alhambra, Foo Foo Tei quietly opened a few days ago in the rather sizeable space. The ultra-popular Hacienda Heights ramen shop, which seems to always have lines before it opens every day, is now much more accessible for noodle hounds coming from central L.A.
Known for its nearly endless combinations of ramen bowls, Foo Foo Tei was one of the original cult shops that garnered both critical and mass praise for its variety of styles and solid execution. Types include tan tan men, menudo ramen, mabo ramen, shoyu, shio, seafood, and even even duck noodle ramen.
However, with the recent ramen boom, places like Tsujita and Jinya have mostly overshadowed Foo Foo Tei's notoriety. It also didn't help that their Hacienda Heights location feels like the most isolated place in Southern California. This new outlet in Alhambra should help revive that sentiment for long time Foo Foo Tei acolytes.
Fans can now gather from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out the 31-bowl menu here, plus all the extra sides that can come alongside the ramen.