Monday, April 21, 2014

Foo Foo Tei: Not Your Typical Ramen

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I spent the day at the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho festival tasting 8 different bowls of ramen, thanks to everyone who read my post.  After about the 3rd bowl, they started to all taste the same, since most of them did tonkotsu (rich pork broth) ramen.

One place that doesn't have just the typical ramen menu is Foo Foo Tei in Hacienda Heights, East of Los Angeles.  Chef Murakami has a menu with 31 different ramen offerings.  Some are interesting combinations, such as, kimchee ramen, menudo ramen, kamonegi ramen (duck and green onions), oyster ramen, and torikara ramen (with fried chicken wings).  My friend Keizo Shimamoto introduced me to Foo Foo Tei via his blog GoRamen.

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Ten-Shin Ramen #21
Crab Omelet Noodle Soup with Gravy  

The crab omelet sits upon the noodles,
topped with scallions, fish cake, and flying fish roe.
and in a more like a gravy broth. 

I broke up the omelet and mixed it up
in the noodles, it was a hearty bowl.

Crab omelet with noodles...

Two of my favorites, seafood and an omelet,
add in noodles and I'm happy...

Not your typical ramen!
Ramen purists may not like this place.

Foo Foo Tei is a good size restaurant,
it's not a tiny restaurant, but not small either.
Be prepared to wait, esp on the weekends.

Ebi Wantan Men #11
(shrimp wonton noodles)

Here's the other one that I liked here

I've had people ask me why no more "Ramen Monday" posts?  If you don't know what I'm talking about, Google "Jay Eats Ramen Monday" to find out.  We'll see...  

15018 Clark Ave
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 937-6585

Read more about Foo Foo Tei HERE

Read Keizo Shimamoto's 31 Day Ramen Challenge HERE

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ktown Night Market Coming Easter Weekend 2014

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One of my favorite things is going to one place and being able to try a lot of different kinds of food, kind of like a parking lot tasting menu.  One of the things that I love is the Night Market concept.  It's more of a relaxed market place where street food is featured.  And since I don't get to Asia much, I do enjoy the Night Markets in Southern California. 

The Inaugural KTown Night Market will be held this Friday and Saturday (4/18 & 4/19) at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.  If you're old skool like me, you know the property as the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd.  If you're much older than me, you might remember the Cocoanut Grove, where the 1939 Academy Awards Ceremony was held...way way before my time.  On June 5, 1968, it was also the site of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, which the community schools are named after.  Regardless of if you're a history buff or not, it's a historic site in Los Angeles.   Get directions HERE

Photo by Ktown Night Market

One thing that I do know, the organizers of KTown Night Market have assembled an All Star  Food Line Up, including the Seoul Sausage Company (winner of Food TV's Great Food Truck Race - Season 3), Grill'Em All (winner of The Great Food Truck Race - Season 1), The Lime Truck, Cool Haus, and many other food trucks and food vendors.

Here's what I'm looking forward to...

The Original Ramen Burger™ will be here.
the Original Keizo Shimamoto creation!
No Ramen Burger knockoffs here.

Photo Courtesy of Ramen Burger™
If you haven't tried the Original Ramen Burger,
now is your chance to try it.

A KTown Exclusive!

Photo courtesy of Ramen Burger™
The KTown Ramen Burger!

100% Angus Beef Patty, Keizo's shoyu glaze,
market fresh greens, scallions, AND the Exclusive
KTown Sauce, between the Original ramen buns
created by Keizo Shimamoto.

Additional Toppings:  White American Cheese $1,
Bacon $2

What goes great with a burger?

Shaka Shaka Fries
by Ramen Burger™
of Course!
Courtesy of Ramen Burger™
Crispy quarter-inch french fries seasoned with red miso powder,
green seaweed flakes, and salt served in a wax lined paper bag
and then Shaka Shaka!

"Shaka Shaka" comes from the Japanese phrase to "shake"
and the shaka sign in Hawai'i means to "hang loose."

T-shirts are available for $20
and introducing RB keychains at $6

See what happened the first time the
Ramen Burger™ was in Southern California

Mama Musubi
Gourmet Rice Balls

They're one of my favorite 626 Night Market vendors,
they usually have a line, so I know I'm not the only
one who thinks so too.

Angus Beef Ribeye Musubi

Which is one of my favorites,
the other one is their 24-Hour Pork Belly.

Mama Musubi will have a
Special KTown Night Market

Stay Tuned!

If you haven't tried one,
read my Mama Musubi post HERE

Photo Courtesy of Fluff Ice Facebook
My friends at Fluff Ice will be there too...

They just celebrated their 3rd Anniversary!
Now with 3 stores and 2 trucks
in and around Southern California.

Photo Courtesy of Fluff Ice
Peach Fluff

Fluff Ice will have a KTown Night Market Special

"Peach Me" Combo
Just like the Korean drink Lotte 2%

Peach is actually my favorite Fluff Ice flavor.

Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
701 S Catalina St
(Off of Wilshire Blvd, between Normandie and Vermont)
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Friday, April 18, 2014
4 pm to Midnight

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2 pm to Midnight

Event Directions and Parking Information

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Stay Tuned!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
to see more from KTown Night Market

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tokushima Style Ramen at MenOh

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I was introduced to Tokushima style ramen at the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho.  Tonight, I stopped in at MenOh in Torrance to see their latest location, other location is Little Tokyo.  Tokushima style ramen is a creamy shoyu (soy sauce in Japanese) tonkotsu (rich pork broth).  

MenOh is in the old Kushikatsu Dining Horon location in the Nijiya Plaza off of 182nd and Van Ness in Torrance.  I never tried the ramen at Dining Horon, I always had the kushikatsu (deep fried skewers) there.

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The Famous Tokushima Style Ramen

What I liked about this bowl, it comes with
two different kinds of pork, sliced pork belly
and a braised chashu.  The broth had
a smokey flavor to it.

If you want to enjoy it the popular way in Japan,
 try adding a raw egg.
You can substitute with a raw pasteurized egg for $0.50.

What else is on the menu? 

5 pcs

Enjoyed the gyoza, but I've been
eating more Chinese dumplings lately tho...

OH! What's this? 

 Tori Shio Ramen

A white chicken salt flavored ramen.

Good Flavor!

Enjoyed this one, but I do like chicken.

New ramen broths coming to MenOh.

Stay Tuned...

2141 182nd Street
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 515-6147

MenOh Tokushima Ramen Little Tokyo
456 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8485

Read my 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho post HERE

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Noodle Epilogue: Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho 2014

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If you've followed my ramen adventure last week, you knew that I attended the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho at Santa Anita Park.  I was able to sample 8 different bowls of ramen, run into friends, see horse racing, and had a lot of noodles.

Tsujita Tokyo

One of my favorites of the day

This year's Ramen Yokocho was with
the "Tokyo City Cup" event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Before the gates opened at 11 am, there was already a line.

If you arrived early, the lines were pretty short
at the popular ramen vendors. 

Lots of boiling pots of ramen stock and noodles.

It was a day filled with lots of noodles
and tonkotsu ramen (pork broth).

If you missed my post, read it HERE.

@BackyardBite, see her post HERE.
watch her Tastemade video HERE.

@KristieHang, read her post HERE.

@TammyLaLaLand, see her Tastemade video HERE

It's now a week later, it was time to have some noodles.
It was after the Sunday lunch rush and no line, no waiting.

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Hakata Ramen at Shin Sen Gumi.

Extra Ginger Please... 

If you've never been to Shin Sen Gumi, 
they greeting you as you walk in,
they shout out your order, and thank you when you leave.  
When you sit down,you are given a menu and an order sheet.
(BTW, there is only one style of soup base here)  
You're asked how you would like your noodles cooked, 
the strength of the soup base, 
how much oil you would like, 
and if you don't want any of the basic condiments to note it 
(ginger, green onions, and sesame seeds).

You do get slices of chashu pork, but can order other items
at an additional charge.

I check off "Normal" for all of them and write in "Extra Ginger."

You're served your bowl of Hakata Style Ramen,

As you're finishing your noodles, the servers will
ask if you'd like an extra noodle 

I opted for the "extra" noodle for 95 cents.

Of course I asked for more ginger...

But you already know this if you follow
me on Instagram.


Fountain Valley
Gardena (2)
Little Tokyo
West Los Angeles

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market

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I love BBQ, although I don't have it that often.  After visiting places in the Midwest and South, it's hard to have good BBQ in Southern California.  Yes, we have tri-tip, baby back ribs, chicken, etc., but not many places here actually smoke meats.  We don't have brisket like in Texas, until Horse Thief BBQ opened that is...

Horse Thief BBQ is just outside of Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, just South of the Hill Street entrance.  On a nice day, it's great to have BBQ outdoors.

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1/2 lb Brisket

Nice smoke ring and bark.

One of the best briskets I've had West of Texas.

Spare Ribs

Had a nice crust on the outside and flavor.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Great pulled pork too

Mac n Cheese

I love mac and cheese with bbq.

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

If you like blue cheese, you'll love this salad

Pulled Pork Sandwich Combo
with two sides and
pickles & onions

Loved that the BBQ comes with house-made pickles 
and onions and served on paper.

Brisket Taco
with red onions, jalapeƱos, and crema
on a flour tortilla.
(Daily Special)

1/4 lb Brisket
with a small Mac n Cheese

Scored some of the point and got
some fatty slices.

Since they opened in July 2013, I've been about a dozen times.  They have great brisket and love the pulled pork sandwich too.  But I do go for the brisket, IMO one of the best West of Texas.  Horse Thief BBQ has outdoor seating, which seems to have more and more people each time I visit.  If you go, look for me having brisket or a pulled pork sandwich...

Horse Thief BBQ
Grand Central Market
324 S Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 625-0341

11 am - 4 pm
(unless they sell out early)

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