Mongolian on Lake City Way
Wow. Look at what you find from wandering around Lake City Way.
Apparently the plainly named Teriyaki Joy is secretly a Mongolian joint. I was walking by and included among the pictures of gyoza, chicken teriyaki and Chinese food, were pictures of little dumplings and a fry bread. Intrigued I stuck my head in to discover that they have about 12 Mongolian dishes on their menu.
I would have never expected it aside from the tiny pics in their window, but they serve all manner of Mongolian soups and stews and stuff. I had already eaten lunch, but I got a couple of Buuz (dumplings) and Huushuur (like a deep-fried stuffed bread) just to taste.
I can't say that I know what good Mongolian food should be like, but I found this to be rather tasty.
Just thought I'd share for anyone looking for Mongolian food in the area.
You can call and ask, "yesh-CHO oo-VAHS mahn-GOL-ski BLYOO-di?" and if they answer (DA) your in business. (It's "Do you still have Mongolian dishes" in Russian: your accent will give you away as an American, but the Russian speech will tip them off that you might know more about Mongolian dishes than any customer of Chiang's has any right to know.
You could call and ask about the specific dishes you want if speaking Russian intimidates you. That will also let them know you're not going to be satisfied with sauteed bean sprouts and fried rice.
In Central Asia, the "dumplings" or raviolis, called Manti, can be so small that for haute cuisine the legend says that forty of them would fit in a teaspoon. (it's probably just a legend. I'm not sure if making them that fine would do any good)
ooooooo, you have made my day!!!! There was a Mongolian restaurant in LA that was so very yummy but it didn't last. Do they have the palao (sp) with the carrots? Or the garlic carrot stuff? And whats the cross street? I'm not from that end of town....
so this makes the second yummy, yet off the beaten path place to find on lake city way--first being the Xi'an restaurant (sigh...still miss that place). What is it about Lake City way? ;-)
There are indeed real Mongolians in Seattle. I've met them, although they are easier to find in the Russian-speaking community than the English-speaking one, since many were educated in Russian.
Unfortunately, the name "Mongolian" has been appropriated by a style of cooking that has nothing whatsoever to do with Mongolia.
But I wonder if we have enough Mongols here to warrant someone starting a horse dairy? There's a book in the Russian section of the Seattle Public Library that includes a chapter on how to start a dairy using horses instead of cattle or sheep or goats.