In Chisinau, Moldova there is a bar called Booz Time. In Mongolia, on the other hand, it’s always buuz time. Buuz are the probably the most commonly-served dish in restaurants and cafes around Mongolia and Buryatia. They are steamed dumplings typically filled with meat. I had pretty much given up hope of ever getting to try them, until I found Luna Blanca restaurant, and its vegetarian buuz, in Ulaanbaatar. Located inside a Buddhist center, this cafe serves up all of Mongolia’s most favorite dishes, but entirely without animal products. I enjoyed this vegan interpretation of buuz, full of leafy greens and fresh herbs, with a salad and cup of amazing tea made from ginger, brown sugar and sesame seeds (does anyone know the recipe?).