Posted by Waqas Ather Saeed on

On Monday, the 23rd of January 2012 the year of the rabbit ends and we are launched into the year of the Dragon. Whether one is of Chinese descent or not, it is so easy to get swept up in celebrating what is also known traditionally as the Spring Festival.
Located in the heart of Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Ginsoy –Extreme Chinese​ with its dragon theme opened its doors to Karachiites. The launch date was planned accordingly, by the managing partner of Ginsoy, Hassan Baweja to celebrate the year of the Dragon and the festivity it carries in the air.
With a capacity to accommodate up to 70 people at a time, Ginsoy prides itself on setting itself apart. Unlike other Chinese restaurants, one would not find the typical red colour in the décor and a conscious effort has been made with regards to it. Special attention has been given to the ambiance, and in short it can rightly be described as a mood enhancer. From a fine Burma teak wooden floor, to delightfully colorful hanging lamps, and the interesting patterns coupled with mirrors and paintings on the wall, it turns out to be a brightly lit, retro and cozy place to be. It is extremely friendly for families too, with the staff even taking care of the babies at times, so that the parents can have food without hassle. The music has a refreshing feel to it and once again is anything but the typical music that you would listen to at any other Chinese restaurant in the city.
They call themselves extreme Chinese, and the word ‘extreme’ applies to the overall experience one would have at Ginsoy and not just the food. The ambiance and décor, as mentioned above, are extreme as they have completely shunned the norms and are thus at the opposite end (extreme) of the spectrum. With regards to their food, they believe in extreme taste that suits the Pakistani Chinese lovers taste buds. They have an extremely experienced head chef on board. And to live and deliver on their philosophy of extreme, they cook all their food fresh, starting only after a customer places its order. Their appetizers would take 15-20 minutes to be served, and their entrees would take up to 30-35 minutes, and that’s above the industry average. But this is something that they inform their customers well in advance about, and it has been taken to well by people especially when the mouth watering food that later arrives speaks for itself and justifies that little bit of extra preparation time that was required. Meanwhile, a complimentary serving of appetizing and crisp prawn crackers keep the customers busy till their orders are served to them.
The hot and sour (white) soup, also a chef’s special, is an excellent way to start off, followed by a couple of items from the starters and sides. The dumplings and the stuffed chillies are recommended. For the main course along with one’s choice of rice and chowmein, there are a host of chicken, meat, vegetable and seafood entrees to select from. The classic beef chilli dry is delectable, and if you’re not a huge meat person the classic chicken chilli would be an amazing pick too. The freshness and the exquisite flavor scintillate ones’ taste buds. Other popular and highly sought after entrees are the schezwan beef, sweet and sour prawns, and the stir fry chicken in oyster and mushroom sauce. Ginsoys’s orange chicken deserves a special mention. It is dazzlingly served inside actual orange peels, and the tangy savor just goes on to mesmerize more. Apart from the mentioned ones, foodies and experimenters would find a host of other scrumptious entrees too within the menu of Ginsoy, which also indicates the chef’s specials and also indicates the spice levels of various different offerings.
Photography: Syed Shabbir Siraj​​​

Ginsoy Extreme Chinese – Extension | Karachi

Posted by Shanim Ali Zaidi on

​Chinese cuisine, rich and colourful, has, as its main features diversified colour, aromatic flavour, and an excellent taste. With these three characteristics, it is not only tasty but also a work of art for people to appreciate, and that is exactly what GINSOY is giving you since the past year.The restaurant being highly popular has been on everybody’s tongue and the talk of the town since its opening last year. This extreme Chinese eatery is one place which is not only jam packed, but you have to wait in line before you actually got the chance to indulge in all that delicious Chinese food. But not anymore, because GINSOY- EXTENSION is now open to solve that only problem the fans were facing.
GINSOY- EXTENSION, opened its doors on the 22nd of February this year, on Shahbaz Commercial, i.e.the same lane where the original GINSOY is located. When asked Mr. Hassan Baweja, the question why? His only answer was that, spending fifteen hours every day at the restaurant was the reason why GINSOY is on top of everyone’s lists; hence with the two different locations it wouldn’t have been the same for him and the customer walking in. This has everything what the original GINSOY has, the menu, the ambiance, service and most importantly those generous portions of the yummiest Chinese food in town.
You don’t have to queue up for long anymore because if one of the restaurants is full the other ones right next door to fill you in. With utmost dedication to his restaurant, Mr. Baweja mentioned that whoever he met spoke to him only about expanding and he ventured in to this within one year and a couple of days because the level of demand kept on getting higher and higher.When asked whether he will be able to manage two kitchens and still maintain that taste that people come running for and so Mr. Baweja mentioned that to make real Chinese dishes, none of the three characteristics - colour, aroma and delicious taste should be excluded, and that is what GINSOY’s focus has been since day one.
It’s true that when to look at their menu, there is any and everything for any and everyone. From the crispy fried appetisers to steamed dumplings and wontons. Chicken, beef, fish, prawn, crab or lobster, you mention it and they have it all. Like Mr. Baweja mentioned, from the aroma to the taste and the presentation the dish has to feel and look like you just want to dig in the next second. Dishes with diversified colour can usually greatly arouse people's appetite. To have a bright, pleased and harmonious colour is one of the main principles when cooking and presenting dishes. Thus, it is not only the taste of the dishes that makes you amazed but also its aesthetic value.
The reason for GINSOY’s marvellous success is solely because of the commitment towards serving the best.Delicious hot and piping dishes with different tastes and flavours cooked in different ways are served. Together with the diversified colours of the dishes, everyone can't help marvelling and savouring at the rich Chinese flavours (sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty)that GINSOY has to offer. Hopefully GINSOY-EXTENSION will keep that up and do just that.
Here’s to Karachi food lovers, the GINSOY team, their success and the fans and to every Chinese food lover out there, there is only one thing I would say:
Mr. Hassan Baweja Owner of Ginsoy

Ginsoy – Extreme Chinese Extension | Karachi 2013

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Ginsoy – Extreme Chinese Extension | Karachi 2013

Many milestones in projects are achieved by determination and perseverance and playing “Eye of the Tiger” in the background or when you have a passion for stirring up the entire Karachi and beyond with Extreme Chinese. Yes intelligent readers you have guessed it right! Ginsoy - Extreme Chinese is here with a bang! Nobody can do justice in words of how delicious the cuisine is. The variety has been added on to, so that you never run out of new things to try.
Even though Walk – in’s had to to wait in order to dine in, they still didn't give up the idea to indulge into Extreme Chinese. Reservations used to be taken, much in advanced, leaving a scanty amount of customers relying either on the take away facility tedious waiting. Hassan Baweja – The owner of Ginsoy initiated a step forward for all Ginsoy lovers, to entertain all its fans willing to taste their expertise.
He possesses a positive approach towards the over whelming response of Ginsoy’s customers and wants to please everyone who is willing to experience Extreme Chinese with DINING IN, being the core concept! So he came aboard with a zeal for Ginsoy to be an extremist in case of Customer Satisfaction!
This is one feature which has been much awaited for, by the Ginsoy-enthusiasts and well the wait is over. The Extension would be opening soon on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, adjacent to where it already was serving before. Now divinity of the same mouth-watering, spice-infused Chinese food we all love, is into everyone's access!

The Inferno Challenge at Ginsoy - Mission Accomplished!

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For most people, Sunday is a day when people tend to relax, sit back, watch a movie or have a few laughs with their loved ones and get prepared for the next week, but at the famous Ginsoy Extreme Chinese restaurant this Sunday on the 20th of January turned out to be quite a memorable one. Ginsoy Extreme Chinese restaurant hosted a contest named “The Inferno Challenge” at which the participants will be adjourned with the spicy, hot tinge of the latest Inferno Wings with the Inferno Sauce tagging along.
The contest started with twelve participants confidently and eagerly taking part in the challenge named Rabeet Rao, M. Waqas saboor, Mohammad Akbar, Syed Omair Ahmed, Abdur Rehman Khan, Shaheer Ahmed Siddiqui, Hoor Hanif, Hira Khatri, Batool Habib, Mahe Khurram, Sehrish Shuja and Hareem Sumbul . The rules of the contest were simply, each finalist will be given a total time of four minutes to complete ten Inferno Wings. If the finalist is not able to finish wings within four minutes it will directly lead to a loss. The lucky, hardworking winner will be given an Ipad Mini and the runner ups with free Ginsoy Extreme Chinese food vouchers worth Rs. 400 each.
After successfully dictating the rules and regulations out to the participants, the much awaited challenge began. The spicy, hot wings proved to be extra hot for the contestants and they seemed to struggle a lot to gobble up those sizzling wings. As the clock was ticking, the competition became more exciting and breath-taking with just two competitors fighting till the end named Rabeet Rao and Abdur Rehman Khan both were destined to finish all the ten spicy Inferno Wings at the exact time.
To spice up the competition more, a tie-break took place between Rabeet Rao and Abdur Rehman. The person who completes five Inferno Wings the fastest will be declared the winner and it was none other than Abdur Rehman who fortunately completed the task and claimed to be the winner of an Ipad Mini and the rest of the runner ups with the food vouchers.
All participants took the challenge in its true spirit and appreciated the birth of the new, spicy and sizzling hot Inferno Wings to be a part of Ginsoy Extreme Chinese restaurant menu.
Some of the lucky contestants had the following to say:-
Rabeet Rao: - “It was a great challenge and I’m glad I took part in this contest. The wings were super hot and spicy and a must try for all”
Mohammad Akbar: - “Wings were extremely hot, a combination of spices and chicken. A nice experience”
Abdur Rehman: - “Too much hot and really tasty wings for a new comer. Happy to be the winner and have a mouth-full of those Inferno Wings”..

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