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NY style eggrolls in L.A.? Not at Genghis Cohen!


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NY style eggrolls in L.A.? Not at Genghis Cohen!

Nixon | Sep 18, 2012 09:32 AM

Here's the short answer to this age-old question that New Yorkers living in Los Angeles really want to know. THERE ARE NONE! Truly, there are many imposters, but there are absolutely no NY style eggrolls in or around the Southern California area that even come close to the burrito sized, stuffed with BBQ pork or shrimp, or both, anywhere within a good driving distance of Los Angeles. The biggest "poser" is Genghis Cohen on Fairfax Ave. in L.A. After reading several posts on this website my wife and I decided to drive from the San Gabriel Valley all the way to Fairfax on a school day at around 2:30PM. We did this knowing that the lunch crowd will be gone and the dinner crowd wouldn't start for at least a couple of hours. I was very excited as this would be something that would take me back to walking in to one of the many restaurants in my neighborhood back in NY where you can order an eggroll and a soda and know you'll be satisfied. So sure was I that these eggrolls would be great (after reading the menu I had no doubt) that we ordered not one, but two orders to go. On top of that we ordered the chicken corn eggdrop soup which is my absolute favorite. On the way home I asked my wife to hand me an eggroll as I just couldn't wait to get all the way home. I even had duck sauce laid out on my dash so I can dip and munch. MY FIRST BITE TOLD ME ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW. Sure, the wrapper was golden brown, and not doughy, but not paper thin either. The smell was right, but that's where it all came crumbling down. I bit into what turned out to be a deep fried cabbage burrito. There menu says, and I quote, "STUFFED WITH BBQ PORK AND SHRIMP." There was not a hint of pork in it, and after I had my wife take it apart she found 2 (two) microscopic shrimp in the whole eggroll. We opened up another one just to give them the benefit of the doubt...nothing! $5.50 for two cabbage stuffed burritos. And we got 2 orders!!! I was so mad that I couldn't even begin to drive back in fear that i would get crazy. And the soup? Forgetaboutit! The corn which was still hard was added to the soup after the broth had been prepared, as were the STRIPS, not soft CHUNKS of chicken. All in all, if you're like me where you judge a place by at least two popular items, I'd forget about Genghis Cohen. I wish I had more than two thumbs, so I can give them three thumbs down.

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