Wednesday, September 30, 2015


After my jaunt to Vancouver, I was back to my home of New York. Once again, there was so much food to eat, getting ramen was hardly necessary. But, I was with some friends who wanted it, and who was I to say no?

Ganso in Brooklyn offered a variety of ramen: classic shoyu and miso to crazier short rib and shrimp ramen. I went with the limited time duck ramen.



 In America, people treat ramen like it's proper restaurant food. Which means they take their time. It took us almost an hour just to get seated.


Ganso's chicken wings, made with special Ganso Sauce

Crispy gyoza, filled with chives

The Bowl
What an umami broth. It was a bit salty, but other than that the dark, garlic oil covered broth was roasty and delicious. The thin noodles matched well, as they captured just enough of the garlic to bring the taste home.

That was the just the beginning, though, as Ganso's bowl was covered in toppings. Of course the duck was there, laid out in tantalizing strips covered in sauce. It had a good bite and just a bit of chew. Almost even more exciting were the fried lotus chips, cutting against the soup and meat. And the final piece of umami were the earthy shiitake mushrooms. This was a strange and meaty bowl, the likes of which you would never see in Japan. I suppose that's how they do ramen in New York.



Would I Go Again?
I wouldn't go above trying another place, but I'm definitely curious about their other bowls.


Should You Go?
Yes, if you live in New York.


Ganso Ramen

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