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


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.


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 We will be glad to send you a quotation and our complete menu. Thanks!:-)