Life in an RV


On the menu:
Grey Goose vodka
Beach Bag Total: $5.24

Mongolian people do not use that many ingredients in their cuisine, therefore, it is not wide-known. The main staples of Mongolian food are mutton and yak or horse's milk. I made Zuivan, or rather, my improvised version of it, and it represents the national dish. It's not really appreciated by tourists because of the odor it emits. This traditional dish has a lot of fats and proteins which are needed due to the climate of the country. Mongolians use very low amounts of spice in their foods. They use yak or horse's milk to prepare well-known-within-Mongolia alcoholic beverage called airag. It is made through a fermentation process. Nermalike is similar to vodka and is extracted through yogurt. Suutei tea is a popular tea among the Mongolians and it consists of: hot water, butter, rice, lots of salt, yak milk and tea. It's believed to aid with digestion, so it is drunk before meals. Horsemeat is more popular in the western parts of Mongolia. It is an extremely poor country in which rock cooking techniques have lasted throughout centuries. Sheep are not butchered when they are young, rather, the Mongolians wait until a sheep is past it's prime, that way they can utilize the wool that the sheep produces throughout it's lifetime. They waste nothing. They are s very resourceful people who live in an extreme climate.
I made my version of Zuivan, not with sheep, but with fatty ribs I found on sale at the grocery store. I spent $13.41 on groceries for this meal, so that left $5.24 to go into my Beach Bag. I subtracted the $1.35 I was over budget with Italy.

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