“All Mongols” Come to Ulan-Ude

Melodic nomads are the norm. Singing passed the time, and kept a herder from feeling lonely. When the steppe opens up before you, clouds towering for sky miles, suede grasses stretching to China, you can’t help but let your lungs loose! And in an instant some lowly pastoral horseman becomes a world famous opera singer, the whole world his stage.

“All Mongols” is riding into town to tickle the ears of the local population. All Mongols is so named because the five young men who make up the group are from the five main areas populated by peoples of the Mongol Empire: Kalmykia, Tuva, Inner Mongolia, “Outer” Mongolia, and Buryatia. Here is your chance to marvel at Mongol voices from the steppes. Enjoy.

Burgers and Booz: Nomadic Paradise

McBuryat's the perfect melding of the classic American burger and the Buryat National treat, booz. It's a meat-eaters paradise!

McBuryat’s: the perfect melding of that classic of American cuisine and the Buryat National treat, booz. It’s a meat-eaters paradise!

I found it! In the 44th quarter of Ulan-Ude, the promise to every American born Buryat of burgers and booz all at one table. The thought is mouth-wateringly tantalizing. That is if you know what booz is. Take a look below and you will see what dances in Buryat dreams instead of sugar plums. And you can bet, with White Month now just days away, lips are already being licked in anticipation.

A plate full of steaming booz. A nomad’s paradise.

Booz done up Buryat style are simple. Ground beef, ground pork, garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Wrapped in dough and steamed, these steppe dumplings are made to fuel a nomads appetite. They are not for the sedentary! If you want fries with them, well, you’d better be heading out to herd some sheep in the -40’s. Only that will keep your belly in check.