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What is your opinion of Mongolian BBQ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Now that my original eating out place has failed me (All Pho restaurants adding MSG to their broth) I've been searching for another go to place where I can go. After some reading I found out about Mongolian BBQ. The concept sounds awesome. YOU choose the meat, veggies and what sauce its cooked in.

Unfortunately their sauces are mostly the devil but they do have olive oil, mustard and etc available.

Have you tried a Mongolian BBQ? How was you n=1 experience?

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on August 11, 2012
at 04:54 PM

MSG used to come from edible sources like algae or wheat but seems to be made from petrochemicals (acrylics) now.

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I like using water based sauce too, but I've noticed that fry cooks don't. The water sauces stick on the grill and a lot of cooks dump on oil to get them to lift off.

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on May 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Check out the following blogpost that deals with MSG and some of its more "natural" analogs. It doesn't deal with the issue of MSG from fish directly, but basically the chemicals that create the "umami" flavor in MSG can be created through normal cooking, but MSG itself is an artificial flavorant that mimics the natural flavors, plus a big dose of sodium for good measure. http://www.gnolls.org/3089/what-are-hydrolyzed-soy-protein-and-hydrolyzed-wheat-protein-and-why-are-they-in-everything/

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on May 17, 2012
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From what I understand MSG, specifically, is completely artificial and made in a lab. I also ask every Pho place if they "ADD" MSG to their broth and ALL respond yes.

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on May 17, 2012
at 03:16 PM

MSG is a natural byproduct of making bone broth from certain fish, according to my Korean sister-in-law. It is not always a little powder that gets sprinkled on top.

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on August 11, 2012
at 01:53 PM

A good Mongolian Restaurant should have a few staple sauces, but if they're REALLY good restaurants, the sauces will be WATER based and not oil based. The local hole in the wall Mongolian BBQ I go to has some of my favorite flavors in water bases, including water-based curry, garlic, vinegar (obviously)... the only problem is the hot sauce... in which you can't avoid the oil... however, how bad are pepper oils, really? Mongolian bbq is an excellent way to eat out on paleo-diet. You can greatly limit the negatives by simply using very little sauces. Otherwise, Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Pork, Carrots, Onions, Cilantro, Cabbage... a little sauce... how can you go wrong? Stay clear of noodles, though!

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I like using water based sauce too, but I've noticed that fry cooks don't. The water sauces stick on the grill and a lot of cooks dump on oil to get them to lift off.

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on May 17, 2012
at 02:03 PM

One of my favorites. You do need to watch the sauces - lots of soy and other crap, but if it is a decent chain (Hu-Hot, for example), they have ingredients on their websites.

As far as eating out, though, it doesn't get much better than a bowl of meat + a bowl of vegetables.

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I love it, when it comes to a restaurant option while traveling. I don't know about the meats/seafood, vegetables and the olive oil being top quality, but I definitely feel like its an improvement from most other restaurants where you're totally out of control behind the scenes.

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I haven't had it for a while. The upside is all the meat you want (though you're fooling yourself if you think it's grass fed) and control of the seasoning (I prefer a lot of ginger, garlic, green onions and hot pepper). The downside is huge portions and white rice.

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on May 17, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I think Mongolian and Brazilian BBQs are a paleo's best bet for eating out.

Here are a couple of examples I found for Brazilian BBQs:

http://amazonbbq.com/meats.html

http://www.brasagrillsteakhouse.com/menu

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:47 PM

A favorite of mine!

Pick what you want, in the proportion you want, I suppose you could bring your own ghee if you got to know the owners.. And tipped well.

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