Last week, Deep End Diner Eddie Lin went to the first ever Mongolian Cultural Days Festival in Downtown LA.  Traditionally the nomadic people of Mongolia eat mostly meat (mutton, yak and beef) and dairy (including milk from camels and horses).   Hear about it on Good Food here.

Harvsai stack (Mongolian doughnuts) topped with aaruul (Mongolian cheese)

Harvsai stack (Mongolian doughnuts) topped with aaruul (Mongolian cheese)

Zula Damdin (President of Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association)

Zula Damdin (President of Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association)

Huushuur (Mongolian fried meat dumpling)

Huushuur (Mongolian fried meat dumpling)

Fermented mare's milk

Fermented mare's milk

Mongolian Vodka

Mongolian Vodka

 

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  • albert

    this is so funny! Eddie ask if Mongolian BBQ is legitimate….and Zula said NO. She said the Chinese started it……she's absolutely wrong….the Mongolian BBQ craze was developed on the island of Taiwan in the Zhongshan region around 70's that catered to US AIR FORCE serviceman. The concept of this was to use that huge steel plate to cook stir vegetables and meats. This is pre cool guy/ hipster since back then US service man would never really eat Chinese food. When Taiwanese immigrants came to LA during the 80's, they were able to translate all these food or small joints back home here. The intention was never to cater to KCRW fans or Jonathan Gold. As more boring food blogs emerges and branded like a print ad, I find it more interesting to see the cultural relevance with food, than the constant critique and rants. I mean is Mongolian BBQ is bogus…..Come on now….CHINGGIS is the official Vodka of Mongolia????? I didnt even know Mongols drink Vodka….I always thought fermented Yak milk is the choice of booze…..

    • Sarnai

      Yes, I was wrong about Chinese, Taiwanese started the BBQ. Fermented mare's milk not yak mils, though yak milk is very rich and very good for creams and what not.

    • MOMO

      sadly…mongolians LOVE vodka………

  • http://www.anygivensundry.com Sally

    These foods sound so interesting! Since I missed the festival, are there any authentic Mongolian restaurants, delis or shops in the Los Angeles area? Thanks for taking us to the festival!

  • http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/newark newark

    I don't think there are any authentic Mongolian restaurants delis or shops in LA area, in fact not only there but all over the US..

  • Dana

    Hey! Any Mongolian contacts in Sydney please? Do you know anyone who makes aarul locally or imports genuine Mongolian vodka? Thanks! Dana

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