A Mongolian Send-Off

8 06 2014

A friend of mine from college is going away on a six-month journey across Eurasia writing a travel-log.  Ahead of her June-20th departure, I met up with her and one of her other friends for a send-off dinner in a Mongolian restaurant in Ryogoku.  It was fitting as she will be going through Mongolia.

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My second visit to Ulaan Baatar.

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Dumplings filled with minced lamb.  Yum.

Dumplings filled with minced lamb. Yum.

Ulaan Baatar





Mongolian Home Cooking in Tokyo

10 11 2013

My friends and I had been to another “Mongolian” restaurant in Tokyo which actually featured food from “Inner Mongolia” which is part of the People’s Republic of China (and it was very good).  Last month, coinciding with my birthday, we decided to go to another type of Mongolian restaurant, featuring home cooking of the independent country Mongolia, run by the mother of a Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Hakubazeki in the sumo town of Ryogoku, home to the Ryogoku Kokugikan.

A big sign advertising "Mongolian cuisine".

A big sign advertising “Mongolian cuisine”.

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They use Cyrillic alphabet!  I didn't know that.

They use Cyrillic alphabet! I didn’t know that.

The place was so busy with maybe half Mongolian half Japanese customers, it took me a long time to get this draft.

The place was so busy with maybe half Mongolian half Japanese customers, it took me a long time to get this draft.

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“Yokozuna Yokocho” meaning “sumo champion alleyway”

Mongolian Restaurant Ulaan Baatar








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