Thursday, April 8, 2010

Foo Foo Tei Torikara Ramen

Today our random meal takes us on a journey for some ramen. It was a cold and rainy day so the choice was either Japanese fried chicken or ramen. I know, sometimes I crave odd opposites. So we decide on ramen and it was off to find a tasty ramen spot. Good thing for the GPS because all of the sudden we turned into this hybrid industrial and partially residential area. Hmm, strange place to open a restaurant but lets just follow the GPS. Then we speed past the restaurant and had to make a rapid U turn. When we arrive, there was a large closed sign on the door but there were quite a bit of cars in the parking lot. I hopped over some large puddles of water and try the door. Yes it opened and I took a peek inside. We score, the restaurant was open and there were plenty of people eating inside. The wind must have blown the side the other way to make it face the closed side instead of the open side. We waited patiently before we were seated at a table. The menu had countless types of ramen that it made you dizzy with awe. Ohh, do I try a classic ramen or something unique to this restaurant? I was eying the curry ramen, and then I saw it, a ramen with fried chicken wings! OMG, 2 cravings solved with one single random meal. What luck!

We have for today the Torikara Ramen. This is “noodle soup w/ fried chicken wings”. You start by choosing your soup base from Shoyu, Shio or Miso. I choose the delicious Miso flavored broth. Then you get some wonderfully cook ramen noodles to base in the broth along with bean sprouts, a half egg, some green onions, bamboo and a slice of fish cake. The ramen is then topped with 3 pieces of this savory tasting chicken wing drumsticks. The key here is to pull your chicken wing drumsticks out of the ramen soup right away and place it in the blue bowl that that give you with your spoons. This will give the wings a nice Miso flavor on one side while keeping the other side nice and crispy. I found this out by watching one of the other regular customers do this. Next time my wings will stay crispy. Yummy!
Found at Foo Foo Tei in Hacienda Heights, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 200)

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