Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Airag and Cow Tongue

A few days ago I tried fermented mare's milk for the first time. Called airag, this drink is the traditional alcohol of Mongolians. It smells a bit like sour grapes, but the taste is more like gastric juices. Incidentally, Mongolian beers and vodkas are superb!

Cow tongue is not an exclusively Mongolian dish, but most Mongolians like it and it can be easily found in the markets. This one wasn't boiled quite long enough so it was hard to de-skin, and turned out a bit tough.

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