Kaioo* Ramen opened in the first week of February, replacing an unsuccessful hotpot restaurant. With the LA ramen revolution in full swing, it’s nice to see some new places to slurp the hot bowls of noodle in the SGV.
On my first visit, I ordered the eponymous Kai Original Ramen bowl in a combo with gyoza. The ramen came with slick, chewy yellow noodles in a delicious, rich broth. Unlike other ramen places, the broth is a chicken broth base. The pork chashu topping came chopped up instead of in slices like the picture, but was still decent. There was also ground pork sprinkled on top, which was a nice touch. My favorite part was the chili and chives mixture, giving eac spoonful of broth a pungent, spicy, taste. According to the waitress, their style of ramen is Kobe style.
The gyoza that accompanied my ramen catered to the Chinese palate, which is understandable since this ramenya is located in a plaza mostly full of Chinese customers. Instead of a garlicky filling, it had green onion or chives. The skin was also surprisingly delicate and soft without being mushy.
After spending a week trying out ramen at other local places, Kaioo Ramen managed managed to perk my interest even then. I’m planning on returning next time for the tsukemen and the spicy chicken ramen.
1261 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
* There’s some confusion in the name. The menu makes it look like “Kai Ramen” but on Yelp it says Kaioo Ramen. And on the credit card bill, it says Kai Oo Ramen.