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Dining Out with UB Foodies: Khaan Deli

Sometimes, as an expat or traveler, the things you miss most from abroad are the creature comforts. The simplicity of popping into a neighborhood diner for a hot cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast that you know. Khaan Deli provides that taste of home in an unpretentious, just as open to locals, no frills, down to the basics setting.

The menu, in English and Mongolian, for breakfast and lunch items is written in chalk with plenty of room to include special items, a regular occurrence. The standard menu offers plenty, but Khaan Deli keeps things interesting with dessert and lunch specials not found in other American restaurants in UB, like chocolate sheet cake, pecan pie, falafel, and picture perfect apple pies. They advertise the specials on their Facebook page.

Khaan Deli isn’t looking to break new culinary ground with experimental dishes, but they are working steadily to do their best at American style staples with what’s available in the UB marketplace. When menu items are tested, the bar is set for authentic American flavors.

Breakfast selections are available as a la carte items or as full plate combos with classics like pancakes, eggs (any way you want them), and Southern style biscuits and gravy. The biscuits and gravy are a generous scoop of creamy, meaty, white gravy on top of a buttery hot biscuit. While I like mine with a sprinkle of green onion on top, the seasoning in Khaan Deli’s in-house sausage meat brings plenty of flavor to the plate. The bacon served with breakfasts is the bacon next to impossible to find in UB restaurants: crispy, well-cured, and just like your American mom used to make.

The breakfast menu is available until 11:30, with consideration to make it an all-day offering.

Lunch offers a regular line up of classic diner sandwiches (on bagels, biscuits or rolls), burgers, and hot dogs, including the “Coney” chili dog. Deli style salads are offered on a regular basis in the deli case, if you don’t fill up on the fries that come with your burger, or if you’re looking for a healthier alternative for a side. A soft serve machine provides regular offerings of sundaes, cones and malts in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

Khaan Deli’s biscuits and bagels are made in-house each day and can sometimes be purchased as take home bakery items. The deli also offers ground and seasoned meats (including a spicy chorizo), cured hams, bacon, corned beef, and Western cuts of chicken and beef. A whiteboard lets customers know what’s in stock and what’s available to order.

The deli is a family business and opening hours sometimes change, but notice is always given in advance of changes to the regular schedule. Seating is limited, but delivery (with a minimum order) and carry out is an option. There are plans to open a second location closer to the city center, but for now, a trip to Khan Uul is worth it for a taste of comfort.

Average dining cost per person: 1,200-12,000 MNT

Location: Khan Uul district , 1 khoroo, Bldg 17, Apt 1

Phone: 89463354

Join the UB Foodies group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ubfoodies/.

 

By Michelle Borok

Short URL: http://ubpost.mongolnews.mn/?p=11399

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