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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Genghis Khan: Affordable Mongolian Cuisine in Maadi
You won't often come across a restaurant that serves Mongolian cuisine in Cairo. Having once seen a travel program about Mongolian cuisine and finding out they eat marmots, we were seriously hoping that this wasn’t the case at Genghis Khan in Maadi. The restaurant is located on Road 233, which has a high density of Asian restaurants and pet shops - not that we're implying anything here.
The entire front of the restaurant is made of glass, providing lots of daylight and a view of the street. There are just four tables laid out that seat a maximum of five people. On the walls we saw some interesting yet peculiar art pieces that are best described as Asian soft porn; naked ladies in titillating poses.
The menu is written in English and Mongolian; immediate relief followed when we didn’t find marmot on the menu. We tried to distinguish which dishes were specifically Mongolian but found it difficult since most dishes on the menu were just well-known Chinese ones.
As soon as you order you receive a kettle of green tea. Genghis Khan also offers soft drinks and beer; Heineken, Stella and Sakkara available ranging between 10LE and 20LE. While nibbling on fried peanuts with salt (15LE) we browsed through the menu and eventually opted for the sweet and sour chicken (35LE), beef with potato (35LE), tofu with soy sauce (25LE), rice with eggs (10LE) and noodles with shrimp (18LE).
The food arrived at our table within approximately five minutes and all of the plates were filled to the max; especially the dishes with rice and noodles – which you can easily share with two or three people. The tofu with soy sauce was a bit disappointing unfortunately; the taste of the soy sauce was lacking and the consistency of the tofu was spongy.
The beef with potato on the other hand fared better. The baked potato pieces were deliciously flavoured and it took us about three minutes to devour all of them. The beef was very salty but nevertheless tasty; combined with the potatoes, it’s enough to be a meal on its own.
The sweet and sour chicken plate was also huge. The succulent chicken pieces were drenched in a sauce that was a perfect balance between sweet and sour. The rice with eggs was good but lacked taste; though the stickiness of it made it perfect to combine with the sauces. The noodles on the other hand were slightly undercooked and tasteless.
Genghis Khan’s strongest point seems to be their potato and beef dishes. The portions come huge and are very affordable; we paid 160LE for five plates and some beverages. However, we were still left wondering what Mongolian cuisine truly is.
With summer on the way, one of everyone’s favourite seaside destinations will almost definitely be El Gouna. Besides the relaxed atmosphere, casual sense of luxury and exquisite views, El Gouna is known for its addictively good food – the kind that will make you kiss goodbye your beach-bod and say hello to the dad-bod; but an eye-catching kiosk called Lobster Rooster could prove to be particularly popular.
Located at Marina Abu Tig, Lobster Rooster is essentially a stationary food-truck strategically placed and standing out with its vibrant colours. The use of white with red and black – in everything from the logo and the doodling on the kiosk, to the tables, chairs and even the ashtrays – gives the place a fun vibe, as does the varied seating arrangements.
As with most food truck-like concepts, Lobster Rooster keeps things simple, serving only two savoury rolls – lobster roll (100LE) and rooster roll (60LE) – and one dessert, the Brioche Con Gelato roll (30LE).
Supposedly drizzled with mango, the rooster roll was bursting with flavours and perfectly seasoned, but we didn’t feel the presence of the mango. The brioche bread rolls themselves were perfectly toasted on the outside, which added an exquisite crunch that made way for the super buttery and soft interior with every bite.
Though we were keener to try the lobster roll – considering it costs 100LE – it was rather disappointing. To its credit, the generous amount of lobster chunks mixed the Lobster Rooster’s secret sauce held together and didn’t become soggy as one might expect. However, there was no need for the extra butter lemon sauce on the side, considering that the sandwich already had a zesty kick thanks to the secret sauce. Most disappointing of all, though, was that the lobster was noticeably not fresh and the particular taste of old seafood was difficult to escape
All the rolls are served with homemade French fries, which were well-cooked and perfectly seasoned. Unfortunately, the Brioche Con Gelato was unavailable at the time of our visit, but all in all, the concept of Lobster Rooster is a perfect fit for El Gouna – it’s quick, on-the-go kind-of food that’s a little different. However, with the small sandwiches costing 60LE and 100LE, you can’t help but be a little disappointed when they’re not perfect.