At EL we are very much a community and as part of the EL Blog, we invite out guests – who are an integral part of that community – to write their own posts about their experiences and their thoughts on this boundless land where all have experienced its magical combination of time, freedom and space. These are the words of Emer Levins about Mongolia’s mutton pancakes – known as khuurshuur.
‘It was on the train that I first heard the word khuushuur. A local cross-border trader had joined my carriage as I travelled from Russia into Mongolia. As we struck up a conversation we inevitably ended up on the topic of all things best in Mongolia. When it came to food khuushuur and buuz were his top tips. However, if I’m honest buuz was easy but khuurshuur took me a bit of time to get my head around. It took several tries on his part before I could make out what the word was and then several goes on my part before I could pronounce it in any form that he approved of. The way I remember how to pronounce is like this – hore-shore.’
‘However, having tasted it I will forever remember how to pronounce it as it’s Mongolia’s most delicious and abundant fast food. A firm favourite with Mongolians, it usually makes an appearance at a stall or two at festivals and can be found in most local restaurants in the aimags (towns). You’ll find the drivers will never turn down the offer of some khuurshuur, unless they don’t like onions!’
‘So, what is khuurshuur? It usually comes approx the same size as a small pitta bread, crescent in shape and filled with deliciously flavoured mutton. It’s typically deep fried and at its best when hot. Sharing some khuurshuur with new friends or old, in a dusty van in a new aimag or at a festival with a bottle of beer is a uniquely Mongolian experience. Highly recommended to all who travel through the open expanse of this land.’
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