The Bull Hot Pot
Willing to eat something healthy and unique? A good place cherished by the Mongolian people, is the Hot Pot. One of the best is The Bull Hot Pot, also well rated on tripadvisor.com as the 6th best restaurant in Ulan Bator.
If you are not familiar with the concept of Hot Pot, let me explain you quickly. First, you choose a base soup, in which you will cook all your delicacies, within 4 to 5 choices. Then comes the large choice for all the salads, mushrooms, meats, pastas and other carefully prepared ingredients. You will add them into the soup and let it sit for few minutes. That’s ready to eat! Only will you need a sauce to serve as a companion for your dishes, also coming in different choices like the favorite sesame oil mixed with a sort of nut cream or the spicy one. Yummy!
The concept comes from China, and favored by the Mongolians, it is usually popular in the cold days, like now in Winter. It is very healthy and a good opportunity to warm up your body before hitting the road or a long walk outside. The best part? Sharing the food with your friends and family, and be astonished by the quantity of food that stacks on the table.. You won’t even have a little space for a napkin ! Do not worry: it will be nicely digested as all the portions are small and thinly cut to maximize the boiling time.
All the dishes are carefully selected and served fresh on the table, the design of the place is gorgeous and the personnel is very welcoming. It is even possible to book a table in an enclosed area, giving you confidence to not be disturbed. The restaurant is located in a very easy spot, facing the embassy of China in the city, at the 3rd floor of the Bluemon Tower. It is at about 5min walk towards East from the Genghis Khan Square and its famous Parliament (with the statue of Genghis Khan). A very special place if you want to eat with your relatives, friend or even colleagues for a good and cosy moment.
Attractive price: count about $8 to $12 per person for a happy full belly!