Mongolia is a notoriously tough place to get your 5-a-day and wholefoods, but if you're craving fresh produce while visiting Ulaanbaatar you no longer need rely on those suspiciously glossy looking imports in the State Department Store. There's now a single row of stalls in the square outside the former Museum of the Revolution every Saturday selling home-grown berries, vegetables caked in the soil of the steppes, honey, fungi, an array of sour but sumptuous cheeses and other intriguing commestibles. The atmosphere is typically friendly and down to earth, and you can sample the cheese and honey. Best of all, you can duck into the guanz (cafeteria ger) at the end of the row and hunker down with the locals to quaff bowl after bowl of fermented mare's milk while chewing a plateful of horsemeat (the Mongolian equivalent of mother and child reunion) boiled up with jacket potatoes.
About a kilometre west of the Natural History Museum on Khuvsgalchdyn Orgon Toroo, the street north of and parallel to Peace Avenue.
Last year I went on this tour called Vodkatrain that takes you on the Trans-Mongolian Railway and you get to visit all these far out places like Mongolia (my favourite) and China and Russia.
It's really cool because it's like a tour but with younger people on it and you get to do your own thing but have these Honchos that tell you the best places to go and cheapest way to get there.
I got to stay at a Ger camp and visit Mongolian families, it was awesome. And there's as much vodka on this trip as your belly can carry!
Going to Vietnam with them this year!
Can't remember what the Ger camp was called that we stayed at but i got my info on Vodkatrain from their website:
A site in the Bogd Khan National Park not far from the capital where travellers can experience the beauty of the steppes on horseback - you stay in a traditional ger and can book single days trekking or several if you want. Run by an English woman together with a Mongolian family to provide a budget experience of Mongolian culture and countryside for independent travellers - new this year and, so far, with excellent feedback. Try it!
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