A Foo-Foo Forest Dream…

I have a dream…that one day I would learn the skills to be a true ramen master.

So when Foo-Foo Tei’s Murakami-san took me back into his kitchen last night, I thought this could be my start! But staying true to his humorous nature, it was just a lesson in boiling water…har har. “Wax on, wax off Keizo-san!”


Luckily, I still got to witness the creation of Foo-Foo Tei’s new-for-2009 version of shoyu ramen. Yup, that’s right I said NEW for 2009! Healthier than the mystical Kokudama, this new shoyu ramen comes packed with flavor due to the addition of one simple ingredient. No, it’s not MSG (how dare you!), but it’s definitely a difference-maker that’s noticeable with every sniff, every slurp, and every chew. What is it, you ask? Sorry…I’ve been sworn to secrecy.


Maybe you can tell from this pic…maybe not. Well, then there’s only one thing to do–GO check it out for yourself! Hopefully, you’ll be able to notice the difference.


What would happen when a guy with a ramen blog gets together with the owner of a ramen-ya and the owner of a wonton noodle shop over a few late night drinks? Funny you should ask! Aside from sharing “office” laughs, a Foo-Foo Forest Wonton Ramen is what happens…


Imagine that–a Wonton Forest noodle soup using Foo-Foo Tei’s ramen noodle. Is that some awesome fusion or what?!! With a little extra fish oil and a few customary dabs of chili sauce, this wonton ramen would be something I could get used to. Unfortunately, it was just an experiment and not something that will be offered anywhere…at least for now.


Anyway, that was a summary of my weekend. I’d like to thank everyone at Wonton Forest and everyone at Foo-Foo Tei for making it special. And oh yeah, thanks to MLK for letting us all have dreams…

13 Replies to “A Foo-Foo Forest Dream…”

  1. Yup! But it’s only if you order the regular shoyu or the kakiage shoyu. Yeah that ramen was one of a kind! Don’t worry, OC will have a great ramen-ya soon!

  2. Hahaha, I couldn’t have said it better myself.Here’s a hint. A lot of ramen-ya’s in Tokyo use it. Including a few that I visited in Japan last year.

  3. Hi kelvlam. Welcome back! I think small restaurants like foo-foo thrive in this economy bc they provide inexpensive, quality comfort food. At least that’s how I feel.Haven’t been to Bamboodles yet but looking forward to going soon! Hope you have a great year too!

  4. Hey Keizo,Back to SoCal finally, and slowly catching up with my RSS… what a cool visit to the back of the kitchen. I was at FooFooTei on Monday too, but for lunch. I think the lunch line started noon-ish and last till at least 3pm (when we left, there were still no open table). I think their business is as good as always. The financial tsunami didn’t make any difference, which is a good thing. On Saturday (1/17) I tried to go there early and arrived 11:45ish before the door open. There were at least 2-rounds customer that can fill all the tables lining out there that can fill the place…I saw EK got a review of bamboodles. You got a chance to tried it yet? =)Have a wonderful slurping year of 2009!

  5. Hi Keizo,Sugoi! Lucky! 🙂 I can’t wait to try Murakami-san’s new 2009 Shoyu Ramen! 🙂 It’s back to Foo Foo Tei I go… Thanks for the info Keizo. 🙂

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