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Mongolian Cuisine

A journey to the best (and worst) of the Mongolian kitchen. Including a video of me eating a sheep's eye...

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Food. It’s the easiest way for a traveller to get close to another culture. National dishes, eating habits and specific ingredients do not only reveal local customs and traditions – it often opens up a countries history to an otherwise ignorant traveller.
Take Mongolia as an example. This is a country of herders and nomads living of rough steppes, which really can’t be used for farming. Summer cuisines includes a lot of dairy products because that’s when the animals produces a lot of milk, winter – when the old and weak animals die – is meat season.
So I, together with and Australian named Simon and an American named Lia, hired a translator for a day and went to the marked to pick up the best (and worst) from the Mongolian kitchen.
We went for the very traditional dish called makh, which basically translates to “meat”. And nomads don’t waste or throw away anything, which means that anything is eatable – the pictures and video below gives a little peak into an adventures afternoon:
Getting ingredients at the meat marked

Getting ingredients at the meat marked

Horse stomach, filled with intestines

Horse stomach, filled with intestines


Sheep's head are an important part of Makh

Sheep's head are an important part of Makh


Love!

Love!


Just let it boil for two hours

Just let it boil for two hours


Heart, intestines and stomach

Heart, intestines and stomach


Cooked and ready to be eaten

Cooked and ready to be eaten


We named it Shaun the Sheep

We named it Shaun the Sheep


After dinner shot - still plenty of food left

After dinner shot - still plenty of food left

And here for the nasty bite:

Most of the stuff (especially the sheep's heart) was actually quite tasty! Horse stomach, the eye and the sheep head's skin wasn't... In general everything was just very chewy...

Posted by askgudmundsen 10:03 Archived in Mongolia Tagged food sheep makh sheep_eye

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Good to see you're keeping your strength up - i've been keeping an EYE on your posts. But becareful to WATCH what you eat also, don't spend too much, some things cost 'den hvid ude af ØJNE'!

Take care mate!
Cheers
Trent

PS was that a familiar accent i hear behind the camera?

by Trent

Ha ha ha... Thanks man... Appreciating the 'øjne' touch :)

And yes, you're quite right - it's a fellow Aussie behind the cam...

by askgudmundsen

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