Mealtime Monday – Vegetarian Buuz Time in Mongolia

Vegetarian Buuz Dumplings in Mongolia

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?).

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