This dish takes its name from the 13th century ruler Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire that stretched across Eurasia.
This dish of grilled mutton or lamb was created in Japan about 100 years ago. Until then neither mutton nor lamb had featured in the Japanese diet. At the time, mutton conjured up images of Mongolia and the extensive grazing of sheep there. The name Genghis Khan was already familiar to many Japanese. It is also possible that this dish was inspired by the Chinese dishes of grilled mutton that Japanese visitors had seen in northeastern China.
You can prepare this delicious dish in your home with the following recipe
・400g thinly sliced lamb
・1 onion (200 g)
・2 green peppers
・1/4 cabbage (200 g)
・1/8 pumpkin (200 g)
・1/4 apple (50 g)
・1/4 onion (50 g)
・1 clove garlic
・1 knob root ginger (15 g)
・4 tablespoons soy sauce
・1 tablespoon sugar
・2 tablespoons orange juice
- Prepare the sauce. Peel and core the apple, and grate it over a bowl. Likewise peel and grate the onion, garlic, and ginger. Then stir in the soy sauce, sugar, and orange juice.
- Prepare the vegetables. Peel the onion, cut it in half lengthways, remove any green core, and slice it lengthways into pieces about 1 centimetre wide. Likewise cut the green peppers in half lengthways, remove the seeds and stems, and cut into pieces about 2 cm wide. Slice the cabbage into 4 cm pieces. Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and cut into thin slices about 5 mm thick.
- Lay the slices of lamb in a tray and cover both sides with 4 tablespoons of the sauce.
- Heat a frying pan. Coat with a little oil. Fry the meat and vegetables in batches. Place some of the lamb in the centre of the pan. Fry over medium heat. Once browned, turn to the other side, and arrange some of the vegetables around the meat so they soak up the meat juices. Once the meat and vegetables are done, remove on to a plate. Use the sauce as a dipping sauce.