Monday, August 26, 2013

How to Have A Painless Mongolian Barbecue Experience at Green Haven Vegetarian Restaurant

I've always found Mongolian Barbecue to be a misnomer. It is not Mongolian and is not exactly barbecue. It is actually a Taiwanese innovation and involves stir frying meat and vegetables. But the way it is prepared is said to evoke the way Mongolians prepare their food in large, round solid iron griddles.

Green Haven Vegetarian Restaurant in Limketkai Center is the only restaurant in the city that serves Mongolian Barbecue. It has been around a while and markets it as a uniquely vegetarian buffet. It has fresh greens and meats. It is one of the few restaurants in Cagayan de Oro that serves ostrich meat and it is included in their meats selection along with pork, chicken, seafood and veggie meat.

You actually prepare your meal from the fresh ingredients available from the buffet tables. Preparing it can be daunting especially if its your first time, but I have few tips to make it painless.

  1. If you want a lot of greens in your bowl, try to put at least twice and then some more than you plan to eat, it shrinks during stir frying and you'll end less than the greens that you planned.
  2. Don't overdo the sauces, pick one, I recommend the barbecue or teriyaki sauce. You'd want to have a unified flavor tying your bowl.
  3. The meat substitutes (veggie meat and tofu) actually go well with any meat you pick. Also, a little shrimp enhances pork or chicken.
  4. You can never have too much garlic.
Feel free to experiment to suit your food to taste. You can return to the buffet tables to refill your bowl. Just be careful to finish all of it or you'll be charged a penalty if you can't finish it all.

This was how my Mongolian bowl looked like:

I think I finally got the hang of it.
This was how they laid out the ingredients.

The meats section.

Children age 4 below eat for P100. Ages 5 and up for P350.
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