Firstly, accept no restaurant imitations when it comes to the traditional Mongolian barbecue. Known as khorkhog, Mongolia’s traditional barbecue is a Mongolian favourite for a celebration. There are two options, the main one being an entire goat is cooked through with hot rocks. However, if you’re a little short on time then the second version works equally as well – a few kilos of mutton or goat cut into convenient sizes (leaving the bone in) and cooked with hot rocks in a pot.
Here’s our informal guide to preparing a traditional Mongolian barbecue.
Firstly, don’t confuse khorkhog with boodog – that’s barbecued marmot and a whole different blog post.
To finish this post, here’s the experience of preparing, cooking and eating a traditional Mongolian barbecue in the words of our guest Lynn McCaw (who took the images above during her Untamed Mongolia small group experience):
‘Khorhog is a party meal, to prepare and eat with friends and to be accompanied by much beer, vodka, laughter and jokes. We enjoyed a wonderful khorhog with our hosts at White Lake, overcoming the language barrier with ease after everyone’s vocal chords had been lubricated with vodka.’
For the full khorkhog experience go to this link. However, it does show the traditional way Mongolian herders kill their sheep and goats (making a small incision in the chest and squeezing the aorta) – https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=tF6ckaJhmBk
It’s hard to prepare a vegetarian version of khorkhog but if you are vegetarian and are considering visiting Mongolia, here’s our guide to being vegetarian in Mongolia – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/being-vegetarian-in-mongolia/.
If you’re inspired by our informal blog posts, why not consider exploring our Mongolia with us? Here’s a link to our range and style of tour experiences – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/mongolia-tours/ including our 13-day Food Of The Nomads tailor made experience.