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Traditional Mongolian Foods

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Amazing traditional Mongolian foods

Mongolian cuisine, deeply rooted in its nomadic heritage, offers a unique and hearty dining experience. Characterized by its simplicity and reliance on animal products, traditional Mongolian foods reflect the country's harsh climate and nomadic way of life. In this blog, we'll explore some of the most iconic dishes and culinary practices that define Mongolian cuisine.

Mongolian cuisine is much influenced by the continental climate that dominates the region, and also a bit by the Russian and Chinese cultures. Meat and dairy form the staple diet of this nomadic cuisine, with the use of vegetables being limited. The meat of horse, yak, beef, lamb and even camel is consumed as delicacies.

1. Khorkhog – The Mongolian Barbeque

Khorkhog - Traditional Mongolian foods
Khorkhog - Traditional Mongolian foods

What is it: Lamb cooked inside a pot over an open fire with carrots, onions, and potatoes. The specialty of this dish is that during cooking, smooth stones are placed in the container to foster the cooking process.

What does it taste like: The smoky flavor of the meat complements the bland taste of the vegetables.

2. Buuz – A variation of dumpling

Buuz - Traditional Mongolian Foods
Buuz - Traditional Mongolian Foods

What is it: Flour dough, filled with shredded beef or lamb, cooked with onion, garlic and pepper, and then steamed.

What does it taste like: Quite similar to dumplings, however, more intense and a bit spicier.

3. Boodog – A traditional roast