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Taste of Mongolia

2 Reviews
Asian, Modern
Phone Number 0216850240 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm

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Details

Cost
R90 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Modern
Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Owner's description

This mom ‘n pop dumpling kitchen offers an A-Z of authentic, homemade dim sum in a tiny dim sum joint that took me straight back to Hong Kong. Opened in September in a tiny space next to Kobe sushi, it is run by the delightful Jianli Liu who left a career in accountancy to take up cooking.

Steamed, boiled or fried - stuffed with really tasty lamb, chicken, beef, prawn or vegetables - dumplings are the main dish in the comfort zone. Start with salted edamame beans and fried, salted Mongolian-style peanut snacks. Don’t miss the exotic seaweed or healthy mu-er (wood ear fungus) salad, thinly shaved, served in a piquant chilli and soya dressing. The hot and sour noodle soup is also delicious and very filling. Mix ‘ n match a selection of dim sum served with fried rice - ranging from the large pork baozi (steamed bun), the fried guo tei (elongated dumplings) and cha shao (steamed BBQ pork) to the fluffy purse dumplings. Subtle spices enhance the dumplings and salad with hints of sesame seed oil, pickled ginger, cumin and exotic Asian mushroom. Steamed in bamboo containers, the dumplings are healthy, light and ethereal, a delicious mouthful, served with a fragrant soya-based dip. These dim sum live up to their literal Cantonese meaning - “little hearts”. A popular snack throughout China, these ubiquitous yum cha lunchtime treats go by many names from won tons in Hong Kong to momo in Tibet and guo tei in Mongolia.

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User reviews

2 Reviews
    My best dim sum experience in Cape Town. Yes, the ambiance is quiet and whacky, yes, the place is overly lit and bright, yes its basically a hole in the wall takeaway joint and yes, communication can be a slight challenge. But forget all that. None of it detracts from the warmth of the service and the superb quality of all the food (okay, maybe not the edamame, but everything else). We ordered most menu options available and it was all delicious. The lamb skewers are a particular highlight, as is the mushroom salad. Cannot wait to go there again. Book the big table, go with 5 of your closest mates and go in with the correct mindset (no, this is not fine dining), take some booze (they have no liquor license, and no corkage fee), order everything on the menu and still pay next to nothing for a great dinner. Highly recommended.
    I was quite excited to eat here, I love dim sum and especially steamed buns. I sat at the large shared table, and was served quickly. The table was grubby. There were no vegetarian steamed buns on the menu so I asked for the vegetarian steamed dumplings. I also ordered edamame to start. The edamame was over cooked, and not very fresh. The owner/waitress/cook admonished me for not eating the skins, and I heard her complaining to someone in the back about 'skins this and skins that'. The dumplings arrived quickly, without any dipping source. there were some bottles on the table but nobody could tell me clearly what was in them, other than the middle bottle was 'hot'. I took a bite, tasted weird, swallowed and wondered if it was soya? I then looked at it, and thought it could be port. (I don't eat piggies - pigs are friends not food). I waved the owner/waitress/cook over and said to her, are you sure this is vegetarian and she looked closely, and said no, no, that is pork. She was so sorry, and went off to remedy it. My adventure was however ruined, and I didn't feel like doing anything other than going to brush my teeth and drink some water. I stood up to tell her not to worry, and saw that the dim sum actually comes frozen, out a big chest freezer. I then paid for the whole meal - no discount, and left. I won't go back.

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