A traditional Inner Mongolia dish is served in a wooden pot known as a ‘kung shi’, (meaning ‘pot’) which is heated by a fire in an area called ‘bai sao’. Once the steaming vessel has reached a temperature of around 120 degrees, it is moved into a separate room called ‘taek tau’. The food is then brought to a boil and served to guests who join the diners at the table. In this way, diners do not need to serve themselves, as the food is cooked and served by another party member. This process is called ‘tea lo tea’ and is a very simple and economical way to Mongolia tours entertain.
An Inner Mongolia hot pot is made of clay or terracotta and is heated by the fire inside a small wooden basin. The hot pot’s lid is then placed on top of the basin to keep it over the heat. The foodstuff is then placed into the steamer, where it is covered with a thick layer of leaves and fur. At first, when the steamer is filled with water, it may appear to be solid, but once placed over the fire, it will burst into steam. This steaming sensation allows for a delicious and flavorful broth to be made. A traditional Inner Mongolia dish is prepared in this Mongolia travel way.
There are a number of foods that make up a traditional Inner Mongolia dish. The most common ingredients used include steamed vegetable dishes, meat and fish, fresh fruits, and herbs. The meat is marinated in specific spices and sauces before being added to the steamer. Typically, the meat is allowed to marinate for around twenty minutes before being served. Fish is also typically cooked with different kinds of spices, such as garlic and ginger. Fresh fruits and vegetables are served alongside meats and fish.
After about fifteen minutes have elapsed, freshly made malasdas (stir fried Chinese noodles) are added to the pot, along with steamed broccoli florets. All of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly before being served. An authentic Inner Mongolia recipe would have guests then place their choice of delicately slice marinated meats, crisp vegetables, fresh seafood and handmade noodles into the steamer, let simmer for around twenty minutes and serve.
If you’re a foodie who loves to cook, you may find the steaming experience to be a big surprise. A traditional Inner Mongolia dish served in a metal pot is made from mung beans which are simmered in hot water along with onions, garlic, ginger and various spices. After which, it is finished off by the use of a bamboo steamer. In some regions, green beans are also added to the mix for a delicious nutritious and sumptuous meal. A bowl of soup is served as dessert. This is one of the most popular and traditional Inner Mongolia dishes that many people love to try when in town.