Chef Johnny Chu Expands Chandler's Tien Wong to Include a Ramen Shop and Asian Tea House

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For those who fantasize about real-deal ramen and Asian teas, T.Spot, the new space inside Tien Wong, the casual hot pot restaurant in Chandler, might be the place of your dreams.

Courtesy of chef Johnny Chu and wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q (the couple also owns SoChu House in Central Phoenix), T.Spot is a kind of permanent pop-up inside Tien Wong -- housed in the same space but in a separate section and with its own name. A one-of-a-kind concept not just in Chandler but in the Valley as well, T.Spot soft-opened this week and will officially grand-open at noon tomorrow.

"It's always been in the back of our minds," Linda tells me, "But we wanted to get people accustomed to the hot pot concept first. Now we can do the same with ramen and Asian teas."

Here's what diners can expect.

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Linda says the ramen at T.Spot is as authentic as it is healthy. Guests can choose from three ramen "flavors" of traditional, miso, and spicy chile, four kinds of Japanese hand-cut noodles (custom-made for T.Spot in Los Angeles), and toppings like nori (seaweed), corn, mushrooms, scallions, and sesame seeds. All ramen bowls are $6.95.

"We make our signature ramen, tonkotsu, with pork bones simmered for eight to 10 hours," Linda says. "There are no pre-made soup bases here."

And for those craving Asian teas, Linda says T.Spot is the kind of Asian tea house one might find in L.A., serving a variety of flavored creations (think boba and milk teas) with various toppings and add-ons like jellies and sea salt cream. She describes one concoction, a honey green tea with a miso cream as being "milky and sweet, with a salty flavor as well."

The addition of ramen and teas mean expanded hours. Both T.Spot and Tien Wong are now open from noon to 9:30 Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Follow T.Spot on Facebook for more information.

And the hot pots have gotten an upgrade as well. Linda tells me there's now a prix fixe menu as well as the option to order a la carte.

Can fans of Chu expect his ramen and Asian teas to pop up elsewhere in the Valley?

"We want to expand," Linda says, "and we're looking at spaces. We'd love to bring it back to Phoenix."

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Location Info

T.Spot - CLOSED

2330 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
chrislee
chrislee

Interested to see what the tonkotsu turns out to be. I have hopes but not too high as I'm afraid to be let down. Santouka has ruined me.

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

Umami is now officially open

wackus4
wackus4

@Hr Hamada Umami needs some work went there the other day and they didn't have tonkotsu broth for starters.  The char siu was cold, toppings weren't that interesting and they didn't have any eggs.  It needs work for sure!

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

@wackus4 I had the cold char siu issue too, but why do they need to have tonkotsu broth?  You're not suggesting that there's something inauthentic about not having tonkotsu, I hope?  It's popular now, but that's just one style of ramen broth.  Japan's packed to the gills with ramen shops that don't do tonkotsu.  Though it's existed for a long time and there are regions where it's the norm, it's really only recently that its popularity has exploded.

wackus4
wackus4

@SkilletDoux @wackus4  I'm not suggesting that there is anything wrong with not having a Tonkotsu broth even after considering that the original broth that the chinese used in shin soba, chuka soba or what is now known as ramen was flavored with salt and pork which is also known as chinese baitang and is usually one of the four categories of ramen which are shio, tonkotsu, shoyu and miso.  And out of the 4 the newest one is actually miso which didn't receive any attention until 1965.  I was just pointing out that they didn't have it.  I'm not sure it really matters since t spot isn't open anymore.

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