Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Make Way for the Mongols



Mongolian Barbecue... How could a dish from such a remote country be so familiar?

Interestingly enough, the Mongolian barbecue concept as we know it did not originate from Mongolia, but from Taiwan in the 1970's. A buffet spread of thinly-sliced meats, fresh chopped vegetables and a wide selection of flavorings and sauces is laid out, wherein the diner is given free reign to concoct their own dish, to be cooked quickly on a hot griddle.

Although Taiwanese in origin, this style of cooking is believed to be inspired by Mongol warriors and how they prepared their food- by gathering huge amounts of meats on their swords and cooking it on top of their up-turned shields over a fire. Mongolian Barbecue is also very similar to the Japanese teppanyaki, which also involves cooking sliced meats and vegetables over a griddle.

So, we discover that Mongolian barbecue is neither from Mongolia nor is it what you would consider your typical barbecue. Whatever it is, it has grown to become a popular comfort food with a cult following from all over.

In the Philippines, Mongolian barbecue brings together our love for stir-fried food, rice and noodles. To satisfy the Pinoy craving for everything tasty and hearty, we integrate the typical Mongolian barbecue into what looks more like fried rice of stir-fried noodles. The result is a steaming, aromatic, sweet/garlicky/spicy (your choice, of course), satisfying meal that is quick and cheap.



If you're in the Makati CBD, you can get your Mongolian barbecue fix from No. 38 Sports Lounge & Grill. Available from 11 AM to 2 PM, Monday to Friday, the eat-all-you-can Mongolian buffet is unbelievably-reasonable at P249 only.

Note: No. 38 Sports Lounge & Grill is owned and operated by my sisters, our husbands, a cousin, and I. I have always been a fan of Mongolian barbecue, even as a young(er) foodie: I loved eating it at the Bahia in the Intercontinental Hotel during family events, and at Sweet Inspirations when I was in college. I promote No. 38's Mongolian buffet not just as an entrepreneur, but as a fan of this particular style of cooking. I do hope you all end up loving it as much as I do.

No. 38 Sports Lounge & Grill
114A Jupiter St.
Bel-Air 2, Makati City
Tel. No. (632) 5191806

8 comments:

ChichaJo said...

This is one of my husbands favorite meals and he has been looking for a good one that is also reasonably priced...we will definitely be dropping by one of these days! Yay and thank you! :)

Chinkee said...

Hi Joey! Don't you guys just loooove Mongolian BBQ?! We decided we wanted to do something fun for lunch, and being the selfish food whore that I am, I suggested we do a Mongolian buffet since I can't get it anywhere nearby. Hee hee... Happy to know that you guys are just as excited about it as I am. See you soon!:-)

Anonymous said...

i wonder why your Mongolian Buffet offering at beeconomic is at P320?

it would help if pricing would be updated here as customers would look for reviews before buying the vouchers.

-janny

Chinkee said...

Hi Janny! Thanks for dropping by my blog and your interest in No. 38's Mongolian buffet. There was a slight increase in the price to include the iced tea and dessert. The old price was for mongolian bbq only. You're right, maybe I should update the price to inform inquiring diners such as yourself. For more updates on new dishes, prices and events, please check us out on Facebook. Thanks again!:-)

Anonymous said...

hi,chinkee!any plans for the mongolian bbq to be available at night?thanks!:)

Chinkee said...

Hi Anon! We do serve the Mongolian BBQ during dinner and after-hours too, but per bowl only, not buffet. So, you can still get your Mongolian BBQ fix at night:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi. Does your restaurant have function rooms for birthday parties? Thanks! :)

Chinkee said...

Hi Anon! No. 38 has a private room that can accomodate up to 20 pax. If thats too small, you can reserve the whole place for a private function- we can accommodate up to 65 pax for sit-down and 80 pax for cocktails. For inquiries, you can e-mail us at no38makati@gmail.com. We will be glad to send you a quotation and our complete menu. Thanks!:-)