A seafood based ramen that brings out every bit of delicious umami flavor from its ingredients
Gangi is located a 20-minute walk from the Karasuma Subway Line’s Imadegawa Station.
At this shop, you can enjoy ramen and tsukemen prepared with primarily “seafood” bases. Even amongst the ramen shops that offer seafood based soups, Gangi boasts delicious flavors that are ranked, top class. Also, although they’ve only been open since 2015, they also enjoy the favor of many passionate fans.
Gangi mainly offers four types of ramen. 濃厚系/Noukoukei (rich, creamy ramen prepared with an animal-based soup stock, such as tonkotsu (pork bone) or gyukotsu (beef bone), 淡麗系/Tanreikei (a light shoyu (soy sauce) ramen prepared using only seafood-based ingredients), 節系/Bushikei (a ramen combining seafood and animal stock), and Tsukemen.
However, if you asked for a recommendation, it’d tough to give one. Why? Because they are all delicious. Although, if we had to mention one, it would be the 淡麗系/Tanreikei ramen. This ramen, although prepared with seafood-based ingredients, has no pungent odors nor acridity, and instead has sweet, splendidly extracted full-bodied umami flavors. When thinking about how much time and effort went into the research and experimentation it took to complete this bowl of ramen; it almost brings a tear to our eyes.
The interior of the restaurant is very bright, and features high ceilings, creating a very wide, open space.
Although Gangi is located 20 minutes’ walk from the nearest station – and cannot in any way be called convenient to get to – that rarely discourages diners, as it is always bustling with regular customers.
Usukuchi Shoyu Ramen
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 soy sauce and seafood. The toppings of daikon sprouts, spinach, bamboo shoots, 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.
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 stock such as tonkotsu and gyukotsu for the soup. The soup is nice and thick, and features the richness of a tonkotsu ramen, with the added elegance of flavors that evoke traditional Japanese cuisine.
Although this ramen is rich and creamy, it has a refined, light aftertaste, and no matter how much you eat, it won’t leave you feeling heavy afterward – it’s practically a magical bowl of ramen.
If you like thick ramen broths, this one is recommended to you.
Uobushi Shoyu Ramen
This is a rich and creamy ramen, with the flavor of dried bonito giving it a nice kick. By blending the animal-based stock used in the afore-mentioned Noukou Ramen, together with stock extracted from dried bonito and seafood, Gangi were able to create 節系/Bushikei, a ramen overflowing with extreme originality that is impossible for other ramen shops to imitate.
By the way, 節系/Bushikei is a variety of seafood ramen which uses dried bonito and mackerel as the soup base, and in recent years, started to gain popularity from Kyoto across Japan. If you’ve never tasted節系/Bushikei ramen, then we recommend you try it at least once.
Tendon of roast chicken (Small)
A Gangi specialty, the Tendon of roast chicken, is a dish that is rare even in Kyoto, which features tempura-style chicken char siu lathered in a sweet-and-spicy sauce.
Perhaps because it’s chicken, but it tastes much lighter than it looks, and is a dish that goes perfectly with 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 you make sure to order this dish with your ramen.