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Apr 27, 2014 12:21 PM

Genghis Khan - Korean Chinese - New Malden [London]

Hi all,

Just covering off a Korean Chinese restaurant that I've been meaning to write up for ages.

Ghengis Khan:

Limster and I went here a few weeks ago for dinner. The place was packed and we did have to wait quite a while for a seat, although this was admittedly a good sign in an area where many restaurants are half (or fully) empty.

Dishes included:

- Korean zhajiang mian: Extremely sauce, but without the meat topping one wouild find in a Chinese version. Nice taste and a generous portion, but slightly bland. Not sure if I would get this again although it appears to be a major stalwart dish which many tables ordered.

- Sweet and sour pork: The real deal, Dongbei / Korean Chinese sweet and sour pork. While the sauce was a bit on the gloopy side, the flavour itself was clean and delicate. Very nicely fried pork (this place loves its deep fryer and uses it well.)

- Mushrooms stuffed with prawns: Dried Chinese mushrooms which were reconstituted and stuffed with minced prawns. Strong prawn flavour coupled with a mushroom umami. Easily the best dish of the evening, although quite high in price.

- Fried dumplings: Deep fried jiaozi with pleasantly crispy outside. Interior was not as moist as would have been ideal, but good flavour overall.

Panchan consisted of bean sprouts, quite good kimchee and the first salad with ginger dressing I've seen since Japanese places in the US when I was about 9 years old.

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  1. Sounds like a find, JFores.

    Koreans consume "jjajangmyeon" (their very unique adaptation of Chinese "zhajiangmian") as often as Americans eat burgers & fries. I've never really gotten used to Korean-Chinese cuisine, but when I was in Korea, it seemed very popular with my local colleagues there.

    The "jjajangmyeon" pictured below was taken at a popular Korean-Chinese resturant in Gangnam near our Seoul office, called Myung Gung (Korean for "Ming Kingdom")

    If you do go back for more Korean-Chinese, try "gampunggi" (batter-fried chicken, coated with a spicy, sweet-sour sauce - another popular dish among Koreans.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      The noodles in that dish look like the sweet potato ones used in Japche. They are really a very healthy noodle, and I make that dish a lot at home.

      1. re: zuriga1

        They are different, June - jjajangmyeon uses wheat noodles ("sutamyeon") which is more similar to Chinese Hokkien noodles, whereas sweet potato noodles ("dangmyeon") used for "japchae" has a translucent quality similar to Chinese glass noodles.

        1. re: klyeoh

          OK - I guess my old eyes thought they looked like the japchae ones. Do I care.. I love all noodles!!

          1. re: zuriga1

            Next time you're in London, June, and perhaps in the vicinity of Chinatown, maybe you can give Maotai Kitchen a try - its noodles are pretty good:

            1. re: klyeoh

              Thanks, Peter. I'll add it to my ever=growing list.

              Any ideas for Berlin? I know.. it's a different heading here.

              1. re: zuriga1

                Not too familiar with Berlin, I'm afraid, June, as compared to Hamburg, where I spent the most time whilst in Germany the past 3 years.

                But do post your queries on the Europe board - you might get some good tips from CHs like linguafood.

      2. re: klyeoh

        Hi Peter. Hope you're well.

        The rendition at Genghis was much more the fried onions in your picture than anything else. It was pretty good (and popular) but not particularly varied. Lots of sauce and lots of fried onions.

        Felt a bit like a Korean Chinese takeaway's try on zhajiang mian.

      3. Thanks for the report. I'm Korean-American and have been looking for good Korean-style Chinese in London for a while - not successfully (e.g. Dong San's jjajjangmyun uses udon noodles. A travesty).

        If you do go back, as klyeoh asks, I'd love your take on their gampunggi (or seowoo gampunggi, the shrimp version) and / or jjampong (spicy seafood noodles). Those are Korean-Chinese staples.

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        1. re: dcfly1

          The spicy seafood noodles were very widely ordered at Genghis. Most tables had at least one diner eating them.

        2. Some photo uploads... Also, just had the seafood and chilli noodle soup. It was fantastic! One of the best dishes I've had in New Malden (although if you know me then you know the idea of noodle soup + rich spicy broth + loads of seafood means I might be a bit biased.

          Really good dish although basically all squid, 2 small prawns and 2 muscles. Lots of veg. Good chew to the noodles.

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          1. re: JFores

            We almost got to eat there last week, but it's been postponed till perhaps this weekend. Is that photo of a sweet and sour something?

          2. We ate at Ghengis Khan last night. I wanted to have sweet and sour chicken. There was sweet and sour pork and prawns and there was chicken but no sweet and sour chicken. Of course they easily put the dish together for me, and it was very, very good as JFores reported. It was crispy and delicious.. sauce was a bit goopy.

            Sadly, my husband who loves spicy food could not eat all of his seafood and chili sauce dish. It was way, way too hot even for him. Luckily, the chicken portion was so huge that he gladly finished my leftovers.

            Service was a bit slow, and why they brought my chicken 15 minutes before my rice and the seafood dish (very little seafood in it), was something I didn't understand.

            For a Saturday night, it wasn't overly crowded at all.