A seafood based ramen that brings out every bit of delicious umami flavor from its ingredients
Gangi is located a 20 minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line. Here at this shop, you can enjoy ramen and tsukemen prepared with a primarily “seafood” base. Even among all the ramen shops offering seafood based soups, this shop boasts delicious flavor that’s ranked top class, and although it’s only been open since 2015, enjoys the favor of many passionate fans. Gangi mainly offers 4 types of ramen. 濃厚系/ Noukoukei(deeply rich ramen prepared with a soup base made from animal-based stock, such as tonkotsu(pork bone) and gyukotsu(beef bone)), 淡麗系/ Tanreikei(a light shoyu(soy sauce) ramen prepared only using seafood-based ingredients), 節系 / Bushikei(a ramen combining seafood and animal-based stock), and tsukemen. But if you ask which one to recommend, it’s very hard. The reason why is, because they are all delicious. But, if we had to mention one, then it would be the 淡麗系/ Tanreikei ramen. This ramen, although prepared with seafood ingredients, has no odors or acridity, and instead has splendidly extracted only umami, full-flavored body, and sweetness. When thinking about how much time and effort went into research and experimentation to complete this bowl of ramen, it unexpectedly brings tears to our eyes. The interiors are very bright, with high ceilings, creating a very open and expansive environment. Although located 20 minutes by foot from the nearest station - while it cannot be said to be very convenient to get to – that rarely discourages to attract diners, and the shop is always bustling with regular customers.
Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen
Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen / ¥730
A Gangi specialty, the Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen. This is a delicately prepared, yet elegantly delicious ramen, benefitting from the dashi(soup stock) made from light shoyu and seafood. The toppings of daikon sprouts, spinach, bamboo shoot spears, and rare chicken char siu slices, not only look beautiful, but add umami flavor to the soup without disturbing the delicate taste of the soup, fulfilling their role as the “supporting cast.” Recently, we notice a lot of shops offering all-you-can-eat fixings and condiments. Although we have nothing against that, when you eat the Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen, you will surely realize that truly good ramen is prepared and served in its most delicious form, with the perfect balance of quality and quantity in the ingredients.
Noukou Ramen
Noukou Ramen / ¥800
The most popular item on the menu at Gangi is the Noukou Ramen. This is an extremely rich and full-bodied ramen, prepared with animal-based stock such as tonkotsu and gyukotsu to make the soup. The soup is nice and thick, featuring the richness of a tonkotsu ramen, with the added elegance of flavoring that evokes traditional Japanese cuisine. Although rich and thick, it has an elegantly light aftertaste, and no matter how much you eat, you won’t feel heavy afterwards – it’s practically a magical bowl of ramen. If you like your ramen rich and thick, this one is recommended for you.
Uobushi Shoyu Ramen
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Uobushi Shoyu Ramen / ¥780
This is a rich and thick ramen, with the flavor of dried bonito giving it a nice kick. At Gangi, by blending the animal-based stock used in the afore-mentioned Noukou Ramen, together with stock extracted from dried bonito and seafood, the result is the 節系 / Bushikei, a ramen brimming with extreme originality, and inimitable by other ramen shops. By the way, the 節系 / Bushikei is one type of seafood ramen genre using dried bonito and mackerel as a soup base, and in recent years, beginning with Kyoto, has started to spread in popularity across Japan. If you’ve never tasted the 節系 / Bushikei ramen, then we recommend that you try it at least once.
Tendon of roast chicken (Small)
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Tendon of roast chicken (Small) / ¥300
A Gangi specialty, the Tendon of roast chicken is a dish that is rare even in Kyoto, featuring chicken char siu prepared tempura-style, and lathered with a sweet-and-spicy sauce. Perhaps because it’s chicken, the taste is much lighter than it looks, and a dish that’s perfect for accompanying ramen. Served freshly fried, the batter is crispy, and the meat is juicy and hot. If you’ve made it to Gangi, then we recommend that you make sure to order this dish together with your ramen.
How to Order

Menus are available on the tabletops, so take a look and place your order. If you speak to the staff in English, they will do their best to help you, but since there are no English menus available, your order will go much more smoothly if you decide what you would like to order in advance.

- Order Tips -
At Gangi, additional servings of ramen noodles can be added to any ramen for an additional ¥100. If you want a large-sized serving, then please say the following to the server. 大(Large):Oo mori ni shitekudasai.
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I’ve eaten over 200 bowls of ramen in Kyoto, but when it comes to delicious seafood-based ramen in Kyoto, Gangi is the first place that comes to mind. The owner trained at the famous shop “Hitsugi” in Nagano Prefecture, and his dedication to selecting ingredients and extracting the best umami flavors from them is extraordinary. The owner boasts that his Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen is the most delicious in Kyoto, and I believe that the quality is worth a trip to Kyoto just for that reason. I recommend it very highly. If you love seafood-based ramen, I absolutely hope you make sure and go for a visit.
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Gangi opened in May 2015, but already has become a super popular shop. I would say that the secret to its success would be because both the rich and thick ramen – favored by men, and the elegantly light ramen suitable for women, are both delicious. Passionate about experimenting to develop new limited edition ramen, the progressive-minded owner’s ramen is always sure to satisfy customers. My recommendations are the rich and thick ramen, but everything on the menu is delicious!
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Gangi / 雁木
Category Ramen
Phone +81 75-432-6011
Address 1F, Kosumohosinokohaitsu, 434, Tamoncho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8261
Directions 20-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Imadegawa Stn.
Open Hours 11:30am - 2:30pm | 6pm - 10:30pm
Reservations No reservation
Closed Tuesdays
Notes Lunchtime is always crowded, and will result in 15-30 minute waits.
Price range
- ¥1,000
Credit cards No
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Service can be provided in simplified English.
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 11 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
URL1 http://ameblo.jp/mendokoro-gangi/

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