Chao Chao Gyoza Shijo-Kawaramachi

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Junpucho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan, 600-8021

Serves meat, vegan options available. Its Shijo-Kawaramachi branch has separate English vegetarian menu (ask for it). The yuba and freeze dried tofu gyoza is vegan. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Japanese, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by zoeandflopsy

Five stars for a fun atmosphere and yummy gyoza - Edit

They have 6 different vegan gyozas, each really good. Seating was at a bar, and the staff was all very high energy (shouting out orders to each other and chanting every time someone leaves), and they all spoke the best English I’ve heard of any locals!

We ended up getting two orders of each of the gyozas between the two of us. They were all great.

(Happy Cow wouldn’t let me rate 5 stars because they serve meat here)

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good spot - Edit

I enjoyed the gyoza. They had several vegetarian options and some unique choices. The staff was nice and very friendly. I really enjoyed the chocolate gyoza at the end. Not sure about what is vegan, but plenty of options for vegetarians.

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One Gyoza type - Edit

We chatted with the chef. Only one type of gyoza is Vegan. Yuba Gyoza. The miso in the ingredients is soy based but the miso as condament isn't vegan. Enjoy the bean sprouts and cabbage. ✌🏼

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tasty dumplings - Edit

Easy to understand English menu and pictures. Staff speaks perfect English. We ordered 4 different types of dumplings and a salad. Great location on main road first floor.

Pros: delicious

Cons: only white people were there

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Good place to grab a snack and try gyoza - Edit

There are 2 branches of this place - this is the larger, newer one. I don’t think the old one has a veg menu. We went assuming it would be the same and were told to go to this branch.

The non-meat menu has several gyozas on it - mashed potato, tofu/yuba, pickles, mushroom risotto (in broth or with cheese). There are also some small dishes like salad and fried cabbage. I’m not sure the mushroom risotto options were vegan so pls check.

The gyoza were good - we had pickles, tofu and mushroom risotto in broth. I liked all 3 for different reasons. There are chilli oil, miso and spicy miso as well as the standard soy/vinegar dips. Chilli oil worked well with everything in my opinion ;)

The staff were very welcoming and friendly, and the place is bigger so no queue at 6.30pm unlike the branch 7-10 mins walk north.

Recommended if you’re a vegan / veg tourist in japan and want to try gyoza, but not amazing. Annoyingly there are lots of interesting sounding vegetable options on the main menu that are not veg/vegan... but hey, this is japan.

One last note - they clearly state on their veg menu that they use the same cooking equipment for meat. Worth noting if that bothers you. It bothers me but I assume this happens in most meat kitchens so I just deal with it.

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Perfect pit stop for a quick snack - Edit

Tried their Yuba Gyoza (freeze dried tofu) and the Shbazuke Gyoza and both were soft, light and deliciously flavorful. Would definitely come back for more!

Pros: separate no meat no fish menu in English , yummy chili oil and spicy miso paste condiments

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Yummy but limited! - Edit

Maybe I am the only silly person who didn’t realize this place only sold gyoza, but it’s definitely more of a snack than meal location. I left hungy even after trying a couple of the veggie gyoza. They were delicious, but I wish there was more on the menu to enjoy.

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LOVED IT! - Edit

Had amazing service from start to finish!
Gyozas were amazing and it was so nice to come into such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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great gyoza, great staff - Edit

Loved this place. The staff speak English and understand what vegetarian and vegan mean. And more importantly, the food and s delicious. Loved the shibazuke pickles gyoza and the Yuba skin gyoza. A great place for a quick bite.

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Delicious Gyoza and Super Friendly Staff - Edit

Staff were so friendly, really awesome vibe and interesting vege menu.

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best gyoza I’ve had! - Edit

Love love love this place! They have separate meat free gyoza/other menu. The atmosphere is great and staff are so enthusiastic! Definitely not a quiet place though.

Pros: atmosphere , amazing gyoza

Cons: none

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Good gyoza - Edit

Great dinner option for those in groups who aren’t all vegan/ vegetarian. They have a separate menu for veg gyoza. The tofu and mashed potato gyoza were great.

Pros: good for groups, affordable

Cons: not a huuuge selection

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gyoza - Edit

Tasty, cheap and clearly marked vego options! Tofu gyoza were a highlight

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