A new Xinjiang restaurant has emerged in Rotterdam: Kiroren Restaurant. They opened on 8 August 2016. I visited their restaurant on their 20th day. It is located near the Beurs in Rotterdam.
Google maps says: Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China, is a vast region of deserts and mountains. It’s home to many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people.
My father comes from the Xinjiang area, so I am quite familiar with Xinjiang food. I was quite excited to hear about this new place.
The brother Shirali Tursun and Ahmatjan Tursun are from Urumiqi (乌鲁木齐). They saw there wasn’t any Xinjiang restaurant in the Netherlands yet. There were a few in Germany, London and America, but not in the Netherlands. So they started their own restaurant. They have a chef, Kaysar Sirajialin, who has practiced 30 years of cooking and 10 of those years in Beijing in the Xinjiang cuisine. Now he is cooking for Kiroren Restaurant in Rotterdam.
The brothers have a famous whole-lamb-recipe from Xinjiang from the father in law and they use it now to make their chicken. It also includes a delicious sauce. Too bad it was already sold out for the day when I visited the place. Their lamb is very tender. They receive lamb meat from the butcher farm, so it is extra fresh, since it hasn’t been cooled for a very long time. And it is cheaper, 6 euro per kilo!
We ordered some of the dishes we often eat: Mapo tofu, shiss kebab (lamb on a stick 羊肉串), pulled noodles and meat, “big plate of chicken”(大盘鸡). Aah, just take a look at the photos and the names:
The lamb meat was so nice! And we got a lot of big pieces of lamb on a stick. My father often makes lamb on a stick, but he said these were very good. They had a special herb in them. In the future I will post the famous lamb recipe from my father. I liked the “big plate of chicken” the most. The chicken was spiced very nice and the flat noodles under it with the sauce is just to die for!
I am just getting hungry by looking at the pictures. Maybe I should eat some lunch…
You can find their menu on their Facebook. I believe they removed the sushi from the old menu. I went there for a second time (February 2017) and the menu didn’t have the sushi anymore. Only the Xinjiang dishes.
This restaurant is really a recommendation if you like meat and spiced food. It was not spicy, but it had a lot of spices.
Price is about € 26 p.p including drinks. I ate with 5 persons and we paid € 130,- and we still had leftovers. They don’t serve alcohol there.
Second visit experiences (Feb 2017)
We went for a second time to Kiroren Restaurant to taste that authentic Xinjiang food. We tried the chicken we didn’t have last time, with the secret powder recipe, but we were not so impressed. This chicken is made by grilling over fire; a bit dry. The big chicken dish with pulled flat noodles is still our favorite chicken. This chicken is stir fried with a lot of oil; the texture is softer/juicier. The owner told us that they had revised the big chicken dish, to let it taste more like the authentic one in China. But honestly, we liked their first version better. That was really an explosion of taste in your mouth. This new revised recipe was a softer explosion, still good none the less, but we had tasted something nicer before to compare it with.
We ordered a lot of the same dishes as last time, because they were nice. A new one was the eggplant. Eggplant has always been a favorite dish of ours, red hot burned eggplant (红烧茄子). It tasted nice and spicy. Wish there was more eggplant, because we finished it very fast.
Time to visit them!
Mon – Thur, Sun 12:00-22:00
Fri – Sat 12:00-23:00