Many people have enjoyed going to Mongolian barbecue restaurants, places where the customer decides what meats, vegetables, spices, and sauces go together on a heated round griddle to be stir-fried and served mixed with a bowl of noodles. However, as it turns out, “Mongolian barbecue” is, strictly speaking, neither Mongolian nor barbecue. As the Taipei Times noted, the dish was actually developed by a Taiwanese comedian named Wu Zhao-nan in the early 1950s. The problem is, “Taiwanese Stir-Fry” doesn’t sound as impressive as “Mongolian Barbecue.”

Nevertheless, the dish is so versatile that it cries out to be cooked on a griddle and served to friends and family.

Ingredients

Two pounds of noodles

Peanut or vegetable oil

One pound of one of the following meats:

Thinly sliced chicken breast

Thinly sliced steak

Thinly sliced pork loin

Shrimp

Sliced sausage

A selection of your choice of the following veggies:

One sliced onion

One sliced green bell pepper

Eight ounces of sliced mushrooms

Two sliced carrots

One or two chopped broccoli

Three or four chopped green onions

Chopped garlic

Chopped cilantro

Spices can include just about anything that you can imagine, including red pepper flakes, seasoning salt, or Italian herbs. Do not fear to experiment.

Sauces can include soy sauce, teriyaki, fajita, ginger sauce, or just about anything that you can find in your pantry.

Mongolian Barbecue

Procedure for Mongolian Barbecue:

Cook the noodles in a pot of water and then drain and place in a bowl.

Place the rest of the ingredients you have chosen into a bowl, and mix.

Coat the griddle with oil and heat to medium.

Pour all the ingredients onto the heated griddle, and stir-fry them. The process should take about five minutes as the meat cooks through and the veggies soften.

After the cooking is done, scoop into bowls and serve.

The beauty of Mongolian barbecue is that it can be a different meal every time you make it. You should experiment and, remember, the list of ingredients above is only a guideline. You can put just about anything edible on your griddle and see what happens.

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