3024 W Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804
Tel: (714) 828-2210
Kappa Ramen opens today, specializing in traditional Japanese ramen shop fare as well as offering some new classics.
Kyoto Style ($7.45), tonkotsu pork broth
Ton Ton Ramen ($8.75), tonsoku pork knuckles served on top of tonkotsu ramen
Tokyo Style ($6.95), shoyu (soy sauce) soup base
Sapporo Style ($6.95), miso soup base
Kappa “Signature” Ramen ($9.95), chef’s tonkotsu broth infused with organic kimchi and served with avocado, spinach, bean sprouts and corn
Chicken Ramen ($8.75), char-grilled boneless chicken thigh served on top of shoyu ramen
Chef Eiji Kanazawa’s basic broth recipe uses chicken and pork bones. Noodles are made according to Kappa Ramen’s specifications by Sun Noodle. Extra toppings ($.50 to $2 each) include: egg, kimchi, avocado, spinach, diced tomato, bean sprouts, corn, scallions, garlic, ginger. Extra chashu and noodles (kaedama) also available. Make any broth spicy for $1.
OTHER MENU HIGHLIGHTS
Hiyashi Chuka ($8.95), cold noodles served with chicken and sliced vegetables mixed with a soy-vinegar dressing
Yaki Soba ($7.95), stir-fried noodles with pork and cabbage
Gyoza ($6.00, 8 pieces; $3.45, 4 pieces), pot sticker or deep-fried
Fried Rice ($6.95; $3.95 for half-order)
Ika No Sugata Yaki ($9.50), grilled squid with tangy ginger sauce
Tofu Steak ($4.50), slices of tofu marinated in ginger soy and pan-fried until golden brown
Kappa Chicken Salad ($4.50)
Sides: Chashu ($4.50); Buta Kimchi ($4.50), sliced pork sautéed with kimchi
Desserts: Kappa Pudding ($2.50)
Beverages: Shochu Cocktails ($6) and spiked Kappa Shave Ice ($7) in sour apple, mango, pomegranate or blue raspberry; sake and beer by the bottle and pitcher
The 65-seat Kappa Ramen sports a slightly retro, funky décor in the space that was formerly occupied by Lai Lai Ken for 25 years. A noodle house with personality.
Chef/partner Eiji Kanazawa – Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Kanazawa moved to Southern California in 1986 and has worked and managed some of Orange County's best-known Japanese restaurants, including Genkai in Irvine and Corona Del Mar, and Japon in Lake Forest.
Nick Reid – Raised in Tokyo and moved to Sydney, Australia, where he became Australia's biggest operator of Japanese restaurant concepts, introducing Sydney-siders to Japanese cuisine and even karaoke, in the 1980s and 1990s.
WHAT IS KAPPA?
Kappa Ramen is named after mischievous water creatures found in Japanese folklore called kappa, which are fond of eating, troublemaking, sumo wrestling and good manners.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.