Well, soba is still not as well known as ramen, but Fukada has been increasing its popularity even with a basic online presence
If you don’t get to Fukada early enough, good luck getting a table for you, your babies mama, your other babies mama, or for all your co-workers to your friends and family because this is one popular spot.
To avoid any hangry compadres, I simplified and made the online menu a little easier to understand when all you have on your mind is to eat.
Chef Fukada’san has over 20 years of experience specializing in authentic Japanese udon and soba.
The soba is made fresh every morning, along with the soup which is made up of konbu (kelp) and katsuobushi (shaved bonito) to give you the best quality and tasting soup stock.
Wherever possible, organic products from the brown rice to the all natural beef are used because that’s how they do it at Fukada.
I have been to Fukada a number of times, but their menu is not so straight forward for first-timers which is why I revised it slightly to make it easier to order.
If you really want to get a taste of what Fukada is all about, start with the noodle combo’s which come with your choice of noodles and a side dish (they just recently had a $1 increase, but it’s still a good deal).
- lunch $11.95 / $13.95 (seafood salad if you don’t like noodles)
- dinner $13.95 / $15.95 (seafood salad if you don’t like noodles)
STEP 1: Pick the type of noodle
- Soba (so-bah): thin buckweat based noodle (the healthier option).
- Udon (oo-d’own): thick wheat noodle.
STEP 2: Hot (soup) or cold (dipping) broth
- Hot: soup broth
- Cold: concentrated dipping broth (it’s not chillled).
STEP 3: Pick the noodle topping
- Sansai (san-sigh): mountain vegetable (the healthier option).
- Tanuki (ta-new-key): tempura flakes
If you’re wondering what a “mountain vegetable” is, it’s a very common ingredient used in shojin-ryori (vegetarian Buddhist cuisine). They were wild grown greens that were foraged, but most are farm grown nowadays. A common mix is typically made up of fuki (butterbur stalks), seri (oenanthe javanica) which is part of the parsley family, takenoko (bamboo), zenmai (Japanese fern plant), enokitake (flammulina velutipes) to kikurage (auricularia auricula).
Step 4: choose a side dish w/white or brown rice
The prices listed are the a la carte pricing, and only the unagi don comes at an additional charge.
|SPICY TUNA DON|
|Chopped tuna with mild spicy mayonnaise.||$10.50|
|Chicken and egg cooked with special sauce.||$8.50|
|Cooked pork cutlet and egg cooked with special sauce.||$9.50|
|Shrimp and vegetable tempura.||$9.00|
|Shrimp tempura and egg cooked with special sauce.||$9.50|
|VEGETABLE CURRY DON|
|Curry with vegetable.||$8.50|
|Barbecued fresh eel ($2 lunch, +$4 dinner)||$10.50|
The full menu, not just noodles
Disclaimer: The menu is subject to change, and I am not responsible for any errors although I do try to get it right. I can tell that this menu is more current than what they currently have on their website at the time of this post.
|Cucumber and wakame seaweed with citrus vinegar sauce. Add shrimp $1.45 or crab for $2.00.||$4.50|
|ORGANIC GREEN SALAD |
|Organic salad served with house onion dressing.||$6.50|
|ORGANIC TOFU SALAD|
|Organic salad with tofu served with sesame dressing.||$7.50|
|SALMON SKIN SALAD |
|Organic salad with salmon skin served with citrus dressing.||$7.50|
|SEA VEGETABLE SALAD |
|Organic salad with sea vegetable served with sesame and citrus dressing.||$7.50|
|Organic salad with chicken served with spicy miso dressing.||$8.00|
|CRAB AVOCADO SALAD |
|Organic salad with crab and avocado served with creamy tomato dressing.||$10.95|
|SEAFOOD SALAD |
|Organic salad with seared tuna, albacore, salmon and real crabmeat served with pepper onion dressing.||$13.00|
|Boiled organic soybean.||$3.00|
|Cold organic tofu.||$3.50|
|GOMAAE (SPINACH OR GREEN BEAN)|
|Boiled vegetable marinated in sesame soy dressing.||$4.50|
|Sautéed hijiki seaweed.||$4.50|
|Sautéed burdock root and carrots.||$4.75|
|Lightly fried Japanese eggplant with sweet miso paste.||$5.50|
|Lightly fried organic tofu with tempura sauce.||$5.50|
|Kimchee & fermented soybean.||$4.50|
|Grilled shiitake mushroom.||$5.50|
|Seared albacore tuna with pepper onion sauce.||$10.50|
|Seared salmon with pepper onion sauce.||$10.00|
|7pcs of fresh salmon sashimi (raw).||$10.00|
|Grilled salmon belly (limited qty).||$7.00|
|Grilled salmon cheek/collar (limited qty).||$8.50|
|STEWED PORK||Braised pork belly||$6.50|
|YU-TOFU||Organic tofu in a pot with sea kelp broth (comes with sauce)||$5.50|
|Pan-fried pork dumpling||$5.50|
|Deep-fried pork dumpling||$5.50|
|Pork dumpling served in hot pot.||$6.50|
|Japanese style fried chicken||$5.00|
|CHICKEN WINGS (6PCS)|
|Deep-fried chicken wing with Fukada’s original sauce.||$5.50|
|PORK LOIN CUTLET (1PC)|
|Breaded and deep-fried pork loin.||$5.50|
|FRIED SQUID LEGS||Deep-fried squid legs||$6.50|
|FRIED OYSTER (5PCS)||Deep-fried oysters||$7.50|
|SOFT SHELL CRAB (1PC)||Deep-fried soft shell crab with ponzu||$8.00|
|Deep-fried chicken cooked with mild chili pepper sauce.||$8.50|
|SPICY ROCK SHRIMP||Rock shrimp cooked with mild chili pepper sauce.||$9.00|
|Grilled chicken with original teriyaki sauce.||$8.00|
|Grilled duck with salt||$8.50|
|CHAWANMUSHI||Egg custard with shrimp||$5.50|
Noodles: soba or udon
|Most basic cold noodle|
|Most basic hot noodle (hot).||$6.50|
|SOMEN||Thin wheat noodle (hot/cold).||$6.50|
|Tempura flakes (hot/cold).||$7.00|
|Grated Japanese radish.||$7.00|
|Soy bean curd||$7.50|
|Cold noodle with hot dipping soup with chicken||$8.00|
|Assorted Japanese mountain vegetable.||$9.00|
|Sautéed various mushroom.||$9.95|
|Grated Japanese mountain potato.|
|Japanese style curry sauce with vegetables||$9.50|
|Mochi (pounded rice cake)||$9.95|
|Vegetable tempura assortment.||$10.50|
|MIXED TEMPURA (HOT/COLD)||Shrimp and vegetable tempura assortment.||$11.50|
|GIANT SHRIMP TEN ZARU|
|Jumbo size shrimp and vegetable tempura.||$13.00|
|Cold noodle with hot dipping soup with cooked duck.||$11.50|
|Casserole style with shrimp tempura, chicken, and egg.||$13.00|
|SEAFOOD NABEYAKI (HOT)|
|Casserole style with shrimp tempura and seafood.||$15.50|
Noodles: extra toppings
|OROSHI, EGG, WAKAME, SPINACH||$1.50|
|UME, KITSUNE, NATTO, MOCHI||$2.00|
Served over organic brown or white rice with a small salad and miso soup.
|Chicken and egg cooked with special sauce.||$9.50|
|VEGETABLE CURRY DON|
|Curry with vegetable.||$9.50|
|CHICKEN TERIYAKI DON|
|Chicken with original teriyaki sauce.||$10.50|
|Shrimp tempura and egg cooked with special sauce.||$10.50|
|Cooked pork cutlet and egg cooked with special sauce.||$10.50|
|Sautéed various mushroom.||$11.00|
|Shrimp and vegetable tempura.||$11.00|
|SPICY TUNA DON|
|Chopped tuna with mild spicy mayonnaise.||$13.00|
|GIANT SHRIMP TEN DON||Giant shrimp and vegetable tempura with sauce.||$17.00|
|Barbecued fresh eel.||$17.50|
Choice of organic brown or white rice served with green beans and miso soup.
|Grilled chicken with original teriyaki sauce.||$11.00|
|PORK LOIN CUTLET|
|Breaded and deep fried pork loin.||$11.50|
|Grilled salmon with original teriyaki sauce.||$16.00|
|GIANT SHRIMP TEMPURA|
|Jumbo shrimp tempura and vegetable tempura.||$17.00|
|PRIME BEEF STEAK|
|Charbroiled prime rib eye with “YUZU” soy sauce.||$17.50|
|CHILEAN SEABASS||Chilean seabass with special miso sauce.||$18.00|
|CHICKEN TERIYAKI AND MIX TEMPURA|
|Grilled chicken with original teriyaki sauce.||$17.50|
|SALMON TERIYAKI AND MIX TEMPURA|
|Grilled king salmon with original teriyaki sauce.||$20.50|
|PRIME BEEF STEAK AND MIX TEMPURA|
|Charbroiled prime rib eye with “YUZU” soy sauce.||$22.50|
|ICED BLACK TEA (MADE IN-HOUSE)||$2.00|
|ICED GREEN TEA (MADE IN-HOUSE)||$2.00|
|ASAHI SUPER DRY, ON TAP (GLASS/PITCHER)||$4.50||$15.50|
Small (5oz) / Large (10oz)
|ICE CREAM||Green tea or vanilla.||$2.50|
|MOCHI ICE CREAM||Green tea, strawberry, mango, or capuccino.||$4.00|
|TEMPURA ICE CREAM||Green tea or vanilla.||$5.00|
|ZENZAI||Sweet red beans with rice cake.||$4.50|
|ANMITSU||Japanese jelly (made from agar-agar) with red bean and fruits.||$4.50|
|CREAM ANMITSU||Anmitsu with ice cream (green tea or vanilla).||$5.50|
Everything is good, but this is my goto order:
- Cold soba tanuki style (fried foods don’t care).
- I love the tendon here, and like everybody else, I also order the spicy tuna don.
If you order the cold soba, don’t put the wasabi into the dipping sauce. Dab it directly on your soba noodles, and slurp it up with your soba noodles (just make sure you spread it over the noodles evenly, otherwise it’s like snorting wasabi).
Everything on the menu, but try the green tea because it’s a must if you like green tea. Also, Fukada has been one of, if not the best soba and udon restaurant in Orange County.
They nickle and dime you on small things like extra green onions.