And the dish I chose from Mongolia was a fantastic Mongolian Lamb dish served with brown rice and Green Peppers.
Lamb Steaks cut into large chunks
a large thumb of Ginger
6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Green Pepper
If you have the time, it is well worth preparing & marinading the lamb overnight,
First up pour 100ml of Dark Soy Sauce in a large bowl, then add 4 tablespoons of Ground Cinnamon, 5 tablespoons of Ground Cumin, 4 tablespoons of clear runny honey, 3 teaspoons of sesame oil, 4 teaspoons of olive oil & a good grind of pepper. Then finely grate a good 3cm thumb of fresh ginger to the marinade followed by 6 pressed cloves of garlic. Give the whole marinade a thorough mix until all blended together.
Cut up your lamb into large chunks and add to the marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight or for as long as possible.
When ready to start cooking remove the meat from the marinade and put into a separate bowl saving the leftover marinade.
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Chop a green pepper and a large onion into chunky slices, and place on a baking tray. Then spoon over 2-3 tablespoons of the saved leftover marinde, a drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkling of salt & pop in the oven for about 35 minutes.
Also when your peppers have gone in, you need to start to cook your brown rice (as per the instructions on the pack) - add salt to taste. In the last few minutes of cooking your rice throw in some chopped up spring onions.
When you are about 10 minutes away from the rice and green peppers being ready then its time to toast some chopped nuts & also to start cooking the marinaded lamb. Heat a large frying pan on a very high heat & add a small amount of oil. Then throw in the lamb so that it sizzles. continue to fry keeping the pan on a high heat & turning the meat constantly. After about 5-7 minutes it should start to get that nice slightly charred edge to it - time to turn off the heat and let rest in the pan for a further 4-5 mins.
The lamb should be slightly charred, cooked through but still slightly pink in the middle.
Serve with the rice, green peppers & onions, and sprinkle on a teaspoon of the toasted chopped nuts over the top of the lamb and serve to hungry dinner guests!
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