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  • Barry Strugatz Jul 14, 1998 10:24 AM
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This weekend I was driving on Rt. 303 in Rockland County and saw 2 Mongolian restaurants. Can anyone tell me about this cuisine. I have noticed some Mongolian places driving around LA (Jonathan Gold can you enlighten me?).

Also on the same road a saw an interesting looking Filipino (sp?) place.

Unfortunately the place I had lunch in was bad.

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  1. Don't get your hopes up. They are unlikely to serve
    kumiss (fermented mare's milk -- some say it is
    similar to Bailey's irish Cream!).

    There are even some 'Mongolian' places in the city,
    where they are usually attached to salad bars, and are
    sort of stir-fry or griddle bars. You get an
    assortment of meats , veggies and condiments, and give
    them to a cook to stir/griddle fry for you. The
    places I have seen charge by weight, but there may be
    fixed-price or all-you-can-eat places as well.

    These places probably don't have much to do with
    Mongolian food, whatever that is, but are distant
    descendents of Mongolian barbeque, a Korean like cook
    at the table dish from Northern China.

    Call me a snob, but it sounds very suburban to me.

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      jonathan gold

      Restaurants advertising ``Mongolian''
      food are indeed more than apt to serve
      ``Mongolian BBQ,'' which bears about as much
      relation to actual Mongolian cooking as Belgian
      waffles do to the breakfast spots of Bruges.

      There are a few restaurants in L.A. serving
      some Mongolian dishes--not the fermented mare's
      milk--but they tend to call themselves ``northern''
      Chinese or Islamic Chinese. Some of the Islamic
      dishes, the lamb warm pots, the griddle-baked
      scallion bread, the pita-like sandwiches of
      marinated beef, are extraordinary; some of the
      others, like the dried lamb compressed into
      loaves and deep-fried, is ... er ... authentic.

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      1. re: jonathan gold
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        Barry Strugatz

        Jonathan:

        Thanks for the info. Since I get out to LA on business where would I find the authentic Mongolian places?

        Barry

        1. re: Barry Strugatz
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          jonathan gold

          The best of several Islamic Chinese places
          (undoubtedly incorporating some Mongolian
          specialties), is Tung Lai Shun, in the
          Chinese megamall at 145 W. Valley in the
          eastern suburb San Gabriel.

          Until it moved here a couple of years ago,
          the restaurant was for 100 years one of the
          most popular places in Beijing, and while its
          cosmopolitan and quite wonderful versions
          of Mongolian lamb, braised lamb with garlic,
          chunky lamb dumplings and lamb warm pot with
          cabbage may resemble a Beijing guy's fantasy
          of the food more than it does the stuff itself.

          Another restaurant, recently closed, used to
          serve weird, gamy jerky-like things that did
          seem to resemble stuff that Chinese nomads
          might reasonably be expected to pack for lunch
          on the steppes, and when I brought some of it
          to a colleague who specialized in the history
          of medieval Central Asian food, he took one bite,
          spat it into a wastebasket, and said,
          ``Undoubtedly authentic.''

          1. re: jonathan gold

            Do you have a nice recipe of Mongolian Lamb? I have looked everywhere and cannot find it!!!!