Kappa Ebisen

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Kappa Ebisen
Kappa Ebisen (Calbee).jpg
Type Snack
Place of origin Japan
Created by Calbee
Main ingredients Wheat flour, vegetable oil, starch, shrimp, sugar
Cookbook: Kappa Ebisen  Media: Kappa Ebisen

Kappa Ebisen (かっぱえびせん?) is a Japanese snack food produced by Calbee of Japan in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima. It is a crunchy, shrimp-flavored snack resembling french fries that is very popular in Japan. The version produced by Calbee America is called Shrimp Flavored Chips.

The primary ingredients of Kappa Ebisen are wheat flour, vegetable oil, starch, shrimp, sugar, salt, baking powder, amino acid and sweetening.


Kappa Ebisen was first sold in 1964 and has gained wide popularity among Japanese consumers as a snack food.

In 1966, Calbee began exporting Kappa Ebisen to Hawaii and Southeast Asia.[1] It is now sold in dozens of countries worldwide.

There are different flavors of Kappa Ebisen, such as curry flavor, available in Japan and a few other countries.

A similar product known as Saewoo Ggang (새우깡) has been produced by Nongshim of South Korea since 1971. It is not licensed by Calbee.