Monday, September 7, 2009

Mutton, Mutton, and More Mutton: Dining in the Kubuqi Desert and Xilamuren Grasslands

Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia has become a touristy place so much of the local cuisine has been adapted to the pan-Chinese palate. For example, the spicy cabbage stir-fry is a Northeast Chinese dish, popular in Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang provinces. You will always find this dish at a Northeast Chinese banquet. Most of the dishes we had at the Kubuqi desert were not truly Inner Mongolian. If you don't have mutton on the table, then it ain't Inner Mongolian.

Spicy Cabbage Stir-fry; Stir-fry Pork with Mu Er and Cucumbers

Chicken; Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes

Fluffy Steamed Bun

Out on the Xilamuren Grasslands, the yurt restaurant managed to churn out one feast after another with some authentic touches...until they whipped out the crazy rave party at the end...

Xilamuren Grassland Yurts; Yurt Restaurant

Customary to drink bai jiu from the same cup as everyone else before a big meal

Inner Mongolian Banquet

Garlic Cucumber Salad; Bean Curd Strands Salad
Cold Buckwheat Noodles in a Spicy Sauce; Stir-fried Celery
Mutton & Potatoes Stew; Some Kind of Cold Liver

Mutton; Stir-fried Mutton Head

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