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Asian Corner

Asian Corner: Quick and Easy Asian Food at Citystars

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Basma Mostafa
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Asian Corner: Quick and Easy Asian Food at Citystars

After an evening of shopping at mammoth Cairo mall Citystars, the perfect
ending is a hearty meal at one of the mall’s many dining options. Bored with burgers
and French fries, we took the plunge and decided to try Asian Corner.

Located on the first floor of Phase
2, Asian Corner offers South-East Asian dishes from countries like India,
China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The ordering process is relatively
quick. Most meals are already pre-made and are stored in display ovens, which
made us question the food’s freshness. You pick your meal through the glass
display with the assistance of a staff member, who explains the components of
every dish. If you are still confused, you can sample the different dishes of
beef, chicken and fish with a toothpick.

The only menu you can peruse is
displayed on the wall behind the counter. With all the foreign names and titles,
it’s a good idea to dismiss the menu altogether and stick to the staff’s

Most dishes consist of a portion of
beef, chicken or fish and a side of either rice or noodles. Asian Corner offers
over four different types of rice.

We ordered the Mahraja meal (29LE):
two portions of beef or chicken, a side of rice or noodles and a chicken-stuffed
spring roll. For an extra portion of beef or chicken, you can have the super
Mahraja meal (35LE).

We chose the spicy chicken and the
white sauce chicken. The spicy chicken could easily pass as the spiciest thing
this reviewer has ever tasted. It literally caused our eyes to tear up and our
noses to run, but we kept eating anyway. The white sauce chicken was served
floating in a milky sauce. It had a weird pungent taste that we disliked
immensely. We also made the mistake of ordering the spicy biryani rice, which
only served to set our mouths on fire further.

As for the spring roll, the stuffing
was scarce – especially the chicken portion- but it did help in cooling down
the spices.   

We also tried the chicken sweet and
sour meal (23LE). The chicken was nothing short of ingenious. Drenched in a
thick sweet sauce and served with chopped onions and peppers, the chicken was
so delicious that we ended up forcing down every last bite. We had the vegetable
noodles on the side. The noodles were served with shredded carrots and green
pepper. They had a greasy feel to them, and uuch to this reviewer’s disappointment,
the noodles were served lukewarm.

Although it’s going to take a lot of
trying until you have picked your favourite dishes at Asian Corner, this is a
restaurant that has definitely provoked our curiosity and will have us coming
back for more.

360 Tip

Asian corner has another branch in Maadi, and another is set to open in Mall of Arabia.

Best Bit

Quick and delicious Asian cuisine that might become an all-time favourite of yours.

Worst Bit

The heavy use of spices might leave you with a troubled stomach.

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